Reviews by Michael

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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

    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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  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva

    Michael Expert Picks: A Summer to Savor
    Espinosa Laranja Reserva is a '94' rated masterpiece. It boasts a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco. Laranja hits a home run with its natural sweetness, hints of spice, nuts, and pepper. This cigar is complex yet well balanced, and if you are looking for a fine cigar to enjoy on summer nights, this is the one for you!…
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  • Brick House

    Michael Expert Picks: Father's Favorites
    This '93' rated masterpiece from Nicaragua expels a rich character with balanced flavor. With its Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this cigar will please the most complex of palates with enjoyable flavors and an oily feel. After a few draws, you will understand why this cigar is indeed Mighty Mighty.…
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  • Ave Maria Cigars

    Michael Expert Picks: Choice Churchills
    Blended by AJ Fernandez himself, Ave Maria is one of the finest cigars available. Showcasing an Ecuador Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this is an exquisite blend. Well-balanced with a creamy profile, Ave Maria is one of my favorites.…
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  • Lucious Lyon Cigars

    Michael Expert Picks: Spring Fever
    Named for the main character on Fox’s TV series Empire, Lucious Lyon is smooth as silk and mellow. A true classic Connecticut blend, this premium offers rich notes of leather, cream, nuts, and a slight spice on the finish. A great cigar for any time of day.  …
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  • Signature Habano

    Michael Expert Picks: Year of the Favorites
    The Signature Habano cigar is a great medium to full-bodied gem that AJ Fernandez helped create. The Habano wrapper drapes Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian long-fillers. The result is a rich, smooth, aromatic experience with a slight sweetness. A great premium for pairing with a nice cocktail.…
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  • Gurkha Warpig

    Michael Expert Picks: Holiday Classics
    Warpig is a must! Its striking Nicaraguan maduro wrapper and mix of Dominican and Honduran fillers create complex undertones of cocoa, espresso, and cinnamon, matched with powerful black pepper and oak. This cigar is irresistible with impeccable construction, emitting thick clouds and satisfying flavor.…
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