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Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino

Sean G Centro Fino

Pyramid No. 9 (6.2"x52) Damp with a very light and subtle sweetnss. Notes of peat with a moderate finish and balance. Medium to full bodied with a full flavor.

Robusto No. 7 (4.5"x54) Smoky and earthy cigar. Medium bodied with a moderate flavor and short finish. Some minor burn issues but the flavor was pleasant.

Belicoso No. 11 (4.8"x50) This short torpedo came out of the gate strong with earthy notes of wood and cinnamon but became bitter and hot as it was smoked. Moderately balanced with a medium body and flavor.

Pyramid No. 9 (6.2"x52) Damp with a very light and subtle sweetnss. Notes of peat with a moderate finish and balance. Medium to full bodied with a full flavor.

Robusto No. 7 (4.5"x54) Smoky and earthy cigar. Medium bodied with a moderate flavor and short finish. Some minor burn issues but the flavor was pleasant.

Belicoso No. 11 (4.8"x50) This short torpedo came out of the gate strong with earthy notes of wood and cinnamon but became bitter and hot as it was smoked. Moderately balanced with a medium body and flavor.

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Sean G CAO turns back the dial
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Sean G Cain Nub
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Sean G Diesel Shorty
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Sean G La Herenica Cubana Oscuro Fuerte
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Diesel Cigars

Sean G Diesel
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Sean G Ruination
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Sean G Royal Vintage
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Sean G
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Sean G
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Sean G Hemmingway Maduro
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Sean G Punch Rare Corojo
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