Reviews by Michael

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  • Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

    Michael Expert Picks: Spring Starters
    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
    '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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '99 Connecticut

    Michael Expert Picks: Masterfully Balanced
    Not just for breakfast anymore. The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut is a great cigar for anytime of the day. This 7-year-aged Connecticut is mellow but full of flavor. It is buttery, smooth, and creamy with a slightly spicy note. It pairs great with a nice Merlot or your morning cup of coffee. Visit:…
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  • Punch Signature

    Michael Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros
    Punch is back with a vengeance. Punch Signature harkens back to its original blend with a dark, oily Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that gives you a nice shot of pepper upfront. As you get into this full-bodied smoke, notes of leather and an earthy spice please the palate. The smoke is thick and creamy leaving your taste buds wanting more. …
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