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Reviews by Michael

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Balmoral Anejo XO

Michael Expert Picks: Fall Into Flavor Expert Pick
When the weather starts getting chilly, this is the cigar to reach for. Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua is a medium smoke that is extremely complex. It features a dark Nicaraguan wrapper, a Cuban-seed Brazilian binder, and fillers from the Dominican, Nicaragua, and Brazil. Imparting notes of oak, espresso, and black pepper, pair it with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.…
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Oliva Serie 'O'

Michael Expert Picks: A Taste of It All Expert Pick
Oliva Serie 'O' garnered multiple '90' plus ratings, and for good reason. This Nicaraguan puro is a perfect balance of tobaccos from three different growing regions in Nicaragua, giving it complex, layered flavors. With distinct notes of pepper, dark chocolate, and spice, this medium-bodied robusto pairs perfectly with an Italian espresso coffee or your favorite stout.…
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Camacho Connecticut

Michael Expert Picks: Summer Stogies Expert Pick
Camacho Connecticut is the mellowest in the Camacho portfolio, but don't take that for having a lack of flavor. This '90' rated gem has great balance, delivering notes of cedar, nuts, and a bit of pepper on the finish. Boasting an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, it's perfect when you're teeing off on the front 9.…
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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Cigars

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 Cigars 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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