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  • Rocky Patel Twentieth Maduro

    Michael Expert Picks: Must-Have Maduros
    Rocky Patel Twentieth Maduro will have you loving Maduro all over again. Sporting a rich wrapper from the esteemed Jamastran Valley, you'll find an exceptional blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos in this medium to full-bodied cigar. Flavors of cedar, chocolate, and a natural sweetness are abound—be ready for this smooth operator! …
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  • Ave Maria Divinia

    Michael Expert Picks: Habano Heat Wave
    Be ready to be blown away by they brilliance and appearance of the box-pressed Divinia. Providing an extremely smooth draw, this cigar burns perfectly with a pleasant, unexpected mellow balance along with nuances of chocolate, espresso, and hints of hazelnut. This is one "Cuban-esque" blend to enjoy, especially when paired with an aged Rum.…
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  • Aging Room Quattro F55

    Michael Expert Picks: Summer Starters
    The 2003 Sumatra wrapper, along with its Dominican and Habano long-leaf filler, is well-balanced with notes of cedar, coffee, and pepper. Construction and burn are excellent, and the box-press puts it over the top. Aging Room Quattro F55 is one of my favorites, and I can assure you, it will be one of yours after the first draw.…
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  • 5 Vegas Classic

    Michael Expert Picks: All-Time Greats
    This '90' rated blend is one I always have in my humidor. Classic has a creamy, medium body accentuated by Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, all finished with a Sumatra wrapper. With earthy hints and a toasty finish, these will become a constant in your humidor. This is one Classic that's a perfect 10 for everyone!…
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  • Rocky Patel Sun Grown

    Michael Expert Picks: Spring Into Sun Grown
    This '91' rated, bold cigar entices the most intricate of palates. Box-pressed, with an attractive appearance, this cigar contains a robust blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos covered by a Broadleaf wrapper. This combination provides satisfying notes of earth and bittersweet chocolate. Rocky Patel Sun Grown is destined to be one of your favorites!…
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  • Macanudo Inspirado Orange

    Michael Expert Picks: Spring Favorites
    An excellent '92' rated, medium to full-bodied blend, this balanced medley of tri-country long-leaf filelrs are covered with a tantalizing Honduran wrapper. This premium will impress your palate with rich, creamy notes of sweet pepper, almonds, and hints of leather with a slight mesquite quality. You'll be convinced Orange is the new Mac!…
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  • Zino Platinum Scepter Series

    Michael Expert Picks: Silver & Gold
    A unique blend of Dominican and Peruvian fillers, draped in a silky Ecuador wrapper makes the mellow to medium-bodied Zino Platinum zesty, sweet, rich, and creamy. This '91' rated gem yields a complex flavor profile with a smooth body—a must-have for any occasion, this is one that will find a permanent home in your humidor.…
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  • Punch Rare Corojo (2017)

    Michael Expert Picks: Winter Winners
    Punch Rare Corojo features a beautiful Ecuador Sumatra wrapper with Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos tucked beneath. With a well-deserved '92' rating, this gem is robust, full-bodied, and smooth with an easy draw. A "rare" experience that will leave you coming back for more.…
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  • My Father El Centurion

    Michael Expert Picks: Favorite Fallbacks
    Wrapped in a smooth Sun Grown Criollo '98 leaf, this cigar utilizes rare Nicaraguan long-fillers. This rich, unique blend delivers notes of cocoa, leather, earthiness, with hints of spice and dark fruits. This medium to full-bodied premium is a treat for the palate. A must-have if you enjoy creations from Don Pepin Garcia.…
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Michael Expert Picks: Absolute All-Stars
    I've come to love CAO Brazilia Gol! for its rich nuances and enticing aroma. The blend features a unique Brazilian wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers at the center—a combination that leads to notes of chocolate, pepper, earth, and a long spicy finish. This cigar's rich aroma and complex profile makes Brazilia a winner every time.…
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