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La Aurora

Alex Christmas Wish List
Super-premium all the way baby. La Aurora is one of the oldest brands in the Dominican and their Preferidos blends are some of the best to leave the country. They’re handmade by La Aurora’s best rollers, in a separate room, heck, a separate building for that matter, making Preferidos La Aurora’s finest gem. If you hand this cigar to someone and they don’t like it, tell them to call me... I’ll set them straight.
Super-premium all the way baby. La Aurora is one of the oldest brands in the Dominican and their Preferidos blends are some of the best to leave the country. They’re handmade by La Aurora’s best rollers, in a separate room, heck, a separate building for that matter, making Preferidos La Aurora’s finest gem. If you hand this cigar to someone and they don’t like it, tell them to call me... I’ll set them straight.
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Alex Expert Picks: Santa's List Expert Pick
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Alex Expert Picks: San Andres Selection Expert Pick
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Alex Connecticut Elegance Expert Pick
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Alex Expert Picks: Maduro Mayhem Expert Pick
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Alex All Summer Long Expert Pick
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Alex Great Everyday Option
Maybe it’s just me but I’m really into this packaging. The crisp, clean design and the elegant logo caught my eye right away amongst a sea of new products in our conference room. But great packaging usually doesn’t translate into a good cigar. The blend is combination of hand-selected Nicaraguan Cuban-seed long-fillers. It’s then finished with a San Andres wrapper that is …
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La Gloria Cubana Serie R

Alex Savory Sumatrans Expert Pick
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Alex Must Have Habanos Expert Pick
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Alex All I Want For Christmas Expert Pick
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Alex Broadleaf Beauties
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Alex Summer Slow Burners Expert Pick
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Alex Father & Son Duos Expert Pick
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Alex Full-Bodied Fanatics Expert Pick
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Alex Taste Of Cuba Expert Pick
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Alex Favorable Figurados
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Alex Infused Cigars
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Alex Rich Robustos
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Alex Mellow Monsters
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Alex Cuban-Esque Coronas
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Alex Smooth Summer Stogies
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Alex Father's Day Favorites
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Alex Test of Time
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