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Don Pepin Garcia Blue

Michael Expert Picks: The Men of the Hour Expert Pick
Don Pepín García Blue is a smooth and rich powerhouse with a '93' rating from legendary Jose Pepín García. Blended in classic Cuban tradition at the prestigious My Father Factory, this all-Nicaraguan blend has notes of red peppers, cocoa, cedar, delivering a rich and spicy finish with a perfect draw. Pair perfectly with a single malt Scotch.…
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La Aurora Preferidos

Michael Expert Picks: Around The World Expert Pick
La Aurora Preferidos Cameroon Platinum is a '91' rated smoke that should be a staple in any humidor. This beautifully-crafted figurado features a toothy Cameroon wrapper and specially aged Dominican binder and multinational filler. It's then aged several years in oak barrels, giving it notes of coffee and chocolate with a smooth, sweet, yet spicy finish.…
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Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

Michael Expert Picks: Spring Starters Expert Pick
Blended by Master Blender Willy Herrera, this '91' rated smoke is a perfect example of a Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigar that isn't wimpy. The blend of Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Sumatra binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers gives you lush and smooth flavors with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and a pop of pepper.…
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Rocky Patel Decade

Michael Expert Picks: Through the Years Expert Pick
'95' rated Rocky Patel Decade is beautifully constructed with Nicaraguan fillers and binder, then draped with a dark and oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. This box-pressed beauty is complex and well-balanced with flavors of bourbon, black pepper, and coffee, finishing with hints of ripened cherry. Perfect to pair with a nice stout on a chilly afternoon.…
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Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real

Michael Expert Picks: Holiday Handmades Expert Pick
Reserva Real hits the mark with an unmistakably beautiful, golden Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf, while the Nicaraguan and Dominican blend surpasses expectations with an amazing combination of mellow complexity which generates profound flavors that excite the taste buds. Make sure to keep them on hand in your humidor!…
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Drew Estate Tabak Especial

Michael Expert Picks: Supreme Infusions Expert Pick
Drew Estate Tabak Especial Café con Leche blends two luscious wrappers to give you a perfectly-balanced joyride of flavors. The Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuador Connecticut wrappers give this infused cigar notes of rich espresso and the sweetness of vanilla bean that will satisfy the most extreme tobacco purist. …
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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Michael Expert Picks: Christmas Lights Expert Pick
You can taste the rich Nicaraguan history in this full-bodied beauty from Estelí’s first cigar manufacturer. Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 is a superb Nicaraguan puro featuring a dark and oily Criollo wrapper. It is deep and earthy with notes of roasted nuts and spice. This cigar is perfect to savor on a cold winter’s night drinking spiced eggnog. …
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Dunhill Heritage

Michael Expert Picks: Ligero-Laced Expert Pick
Dunhill Heritage is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, which encases a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder and fillers from Ometepe and Honduras. Blended in Honduras, with Cuban heritage, this cigar pairs fantastic with a single malt scotch. Watch the pairing video at…
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Zino Platinum Crown Series

Michael Expert Picks: Summer Shade Expert Pick
From the house that Davidoff built is the Zino Platinum Grand Master. A smooth and complex cigar with notes of rich coffee and cocoa. Made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Connecticut binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Peru, this mellow to medium-bodied cigar is that one you want sitting on your front porch at sunset with a nice aged rum.…
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Oliva Serie 'G'

Michael Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze Expert Pick
The Oliva Serie ‘G’ is one of those cigars you really have to have in your humidor. It’s a great everyday smoke that has a consistent flavor throughout. The African Cameroon wrapper really sets off the Nicaraguan filler with notes of rich coffee and a slight spice. And like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.…
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