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Reviews by John

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Hoyo La Amistad Gold

John Expert Picks: Silver & Gold Expert Pick
Created by AJ Fernandez, this is a modern take on a classic brand—and as you might expect—it’s jaw-droppingly complex. Featuring a blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua's top growing regions and an oily Ecuador Habano wrapper, this cigar's sweet, spicy, and full-boded profile makes it a can't-miss.…
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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Cigars

John Expert Picks: Winter Winners Expert Pick
Full-bodied, complex, and well-made, Don Pepin Garcia Blue is worthy of all the praise it's received since its launch. The blend utilizes high quality Nicaraguan long-fillers with a toothy Corojo wrapper over top, giving this '93' rated gem a spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon, earth, and dried fruit. One of Don Pepin's finest cigars to date.…
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Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli

John Expert Picks: Favorite Fallbacks Expert Pick
Alec Bradley's Black Market cigars have always been a favorite of mine, but this '93' rated gem steals the show. Brimming with a four-country blend of long-fillers wrapped in a dark Nicaraguan leaf, this premium is satisfying to the core with notes of leather, chocolate, and earth.…
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Romeo y Julieta Reserve

John Expert Picks: Absolute All-Stars Expert Pick
With its oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, Romeo y Julieta Reserve is always a treat. It offers smooth and rich notes of oak, coffee, black pepper, and a bit of sweetness. A balance of strength and flavor, this cigar is one of Romeo y Julieta's best creations.…
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Macanudo Cru Royale

John Expert Picks: A Summer to Savor Expert Pick
Macanudo Crü Royale is a medium-bodied gem which features a dark Ecuador Habano wrapper with Dominican and Brazilian fillers beneath. Crü Royale is rich with deep notes of sweet earth, black pepper, and wood. This cigar never fails to impress, as it is consistently flavorful and well-made. A must for any Macanudo fan.…
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Rocky Patel Vintage '90

John Expert Picks: Father's Favorites Expert Pick
Masterfully blended and perfectly balanced, Rocky Patel Vintage '90 is an exceptional cigar which has earned a regular place in my humidor. Featuring a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf maduro wrapper with a blend of well-aged fillers and binders, you'll experience rich notes of cedar, espresso, and some sweetness.…
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Rocky Patel Dark Dominican

John Expert Picks: Choice Churchills Expert Pick
Encased with a dark and oily Dominican wrapper with Dominican long-fillers tucked beneath, Dark Dominican is a decadent mellow to medium-bodied blend with notes of sweet cedar, earth, and nuts. One of my favorite cigars from Rocky Patel.…
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Victor Sinclair Serie '55' Imperial Connecticut

John Expert Picks: Spring Fever Expert Pick
This cigar is an easygoing blend that never disappoints. Decadent Dominican long-fillers are encased by a smooth Connecticut wrapper. Satisfying notes of leather, spice, and cedar greet the palate and pair nicely with a morning coffee. One of Victor Sinclair’s crowning achievements.…
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CAO Flathead

John Expert Picks: Year of the Favorites Expert Pick
This is not only one of my top picks for 2017, it's also one of my go-to cigars. This '95' rated box-pressed beauty sports a well-aged Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers beneath. Its notes of cocoa, black pepper, and earth are always an absolute pleasure.…
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Enclave Broadleaf by AJ Fernandez

John AJ's Innovation on Full Display
AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help …
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