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  • 601 Steel

    John A Fistful of Steel
    92
    Oh yes, I am smoking another full-throttle cigar. A gem of a Nicaraguan puro, the best place to grow cigar tobacco. This lovely cigar comes in 4 sizes, in 20 count boxes, and it was blended by Erik Espinosa at the La Zona Factory in Esteli Nicaragua. The initial scent before lighting it was filled with sun dried fruit and dark chocolate. Once lit, you will notice that it's smooth and complex …
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  • Aging Room Solera Maduro

    John The Tobacco Stylings of Rafael Nodal
    92
    Aging Room Solera Maduro is another wonderful cigar from Master Blender and maestro violinist Rafael Nodal. And much like a great symphony, it’s blended beautifully with each leaf working in harmony to create perfect balance. The blend itself features a Dominican long-filler base topped off with a San Andres Maduro wrapper that is, dare I say, perfect. It comes in at a medium to full-body …
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  • My Father La Opulencia

    John Don Pepin Hits the Mark Once Again
    What can I say about this cigar, with this coming from the Pepin family you already know you are getting an OUTSTANDING cigar. I smoked the Toro (6x54) the other day, and I thought the cigar had a perfect balance of strength and flavor, a good burn and a clean finish. Why should you carry it? Well, how could you not? The presentation is eye catching, they come in boxes of 20, and are available …
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  • Hoyo de Monterrey La Amistad

    John Hoyo de Monterrey: "La Amistad"
    90
    “Hoyo de Monterrey + AJ Fernandez = an Instant Classic!”“La Amistad”, loosely translated as “friendship”, is what you get when you combine the history & tradition of Hoyo with the masterful blending of AJ Fernandez. From the moment I picked up this cigar, I knew it would be a favorite – with this kind of pedigree, how can you go wrong? It boasts a big & bold flavor profile, loaded with a …
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  • CAO Brazilia

    John ...an elegant look, top-notch quality.
    95
    CAO Brazilia has been around a long time and is very well known amongst enthusiasts across the country. So why review something that has been on the market for years? Because I think a lot of customers take this best-seller for granted. The hearty concoction of premium aged Nicaraguan tobaccos always hits the spot with rich notes of spice, espresso, and hints of cedar. Its dark, seamless …
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