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Jun

Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011

Gran Habano announces its newest release from their Gran Reserva line, the Gran Reserva #5 2011.

The Gran Habano Gran Reserva line offers a bold new experience in full-bodied premium cigars made with vintage tobaccos. Expect a remarkably smooth, earthy and spicy smoke accompanied by notes of sweet wood and espresso of this aged smoke. The Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011 comes in boxes of 10 cigars with a brand new look to its packaging. It is the fourth installment to follow the #3 2008, #3 2009 and #5 2010 vintage blends.

Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011 : Cigar Stats

Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A.
Distributor: Gran Habano
Body: Full-bodied
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Size: Corona Gorda 75 5/8 x 46, Gran Robusto 6 x 54, Imperial 6 x 60, CZAR 6 x 66, Grandioso 7 x 70
Box Count: 10
MSRP: $7.50 – $10.00
Release Date: Available Now

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10
Dec

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Mexican San Andres maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
More info about purchasing Oliva Serie V Maduro cigars…

Note: I did a guest cigar review for the Serie V Maduro Especial 2011 a year back on another website. I noticed that the owner of that site has now removed all references to Cigar Inspector from that review and basically published it as his own. Not a gentleman’s move, but unfortunately this happens in the blogosphere. I’m illustrating this redux review with the original pictures so you can see who’s the real reviewer.

Anyway, I thought this was an opportunity to revisit this cigar and see how it fares one year later. As a reminder, Oliva releases Oliva Serie V Maduro cigars since 2008 and the 2011 edition was a 6 x 50 toro featuring a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper.

Appearance : 5 out of 5 stars
The Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011 features a beautiful, dark brown wrapper with a reddish tint and a few prominent veins running through it. It is firm but not hard, with no noticeable soft spots. A nice triple cap and a very elegant band add the finishing touches to an exceptional appearance.

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Construction : 4.5 out of 5 stars
Solid construction was a nice surprise here, considering that earlier releases in this series were plagued by problematic draws (especially the 2008 and 2009). The draw on the 2011 is awesome, and the burn is even. It didn’t need any touch-ups, and the ash held on nicely. Oliva has made a great deal of improvement in this respect!

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is a dark, earthy cigar, which you’ll distinguish right from the start with the pre-light aroma: espresso with notes of hay and leather. The first third is dominated by earthy dark chocolate notes and bitter coffee. You can pick up some black pepper on the retrohale, but it stays in the backdrop. During the second half, the flavor profile morphs, and the quantity of smoke increases. The earthy and chocolaty notes take a back seat, and are replaced by cedar and nuts. The coffee notes become stronger, and the draw opens up a bit more (which is a good thing; it was still a little tight in the beginning). Despite the strong, dark flavors, I would call this a medium-bodied cigar.

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
At about $9.00 a stick, these are not cheap cigars, but they are definitely one of the best releases in this line. This is a great dessert cigar, and I look forward to treating myself to one now and again.

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011 is a solid offering in the Oliva cigar line, correcting tight draw problems that the line suffered from in the past. The flavors and aromas are excellent, and fans of coffee will love this stogie. Furthermore, it smokes extremely well at the moment, so try to locate one.

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01
Oct

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Tortuga CigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8.80 each

I had never heard of the Tortuga brand. This past summer while vacationing in the United States I happened upon them while in a popular local cigar shop/lounge. I saw this in their new release area with its deep burgundy band and the all too familiar these days “Limited Edition” secondary gold band. I picked one up to smoke in the store while I continued my shopping. I enjoyed it so much I picked up a couple more. These cigars are marketed as extremely limited cigars. Their website lists all the retailers around the country that sell them if you are interested in giving one a try. I doubt they’ll be sold out because of their relatively unknown status. These boutique cigars were readily available for sale at the shop I bought mine at. Finding them at all of their listed retailers may be difficult but worth the effort.

Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The cigar looks exceptionally appealing. A very tightly wrapped cigar with visible seams but minimal veining. My sample had a spot on the wrapper as can be seen in the photo but this was no big deal as it did not affect the cigar. It sported a nice appealing dark brown wrapper with a rich looking deep burgundy band and of course it sports the Edición Limitada 2011 secondary gold band.

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Construction : 4.75 out of 5 stars (4.75)
The cigar felt firm to the touch and heavy/nicely packed. You would think the draw would be tough but quite contrary. It offered just the right amount of resistance. It burned very well but needed a couple of touch-ups to correct a burn that started to get away from me. The cigar burned really slow (due to the amount of tobacco in it) but never needed any relights. I had no issues with wrapper cracking on snipping it nor did the wrapper crack as I smoked it. The bands came off with ease. The ash was firm, never flaked and the smoke output was exceptional.

Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars
The pre-light aroma was a very strong tobacco and wood. It had barnyard notes to the nose but overall it was pleasing. The pre-light draw had hints of coffee, some citrus, black licorice, cedar and chocolate.

Lighting the Tortuga, you are immediately greeted with full flavors that almost overwhelm the palate in a good way. I picked up notes of cedar, dried fruit, chocolate and a medium white peppery finish. The cigar wrapper left a nice saltiness on my lips. The smoke itself was velvety and very rich with a nice residue on my palate, almost like honey. Near the end of the first third I picked up some leather notes with slight hints of tea and black licorice.

The cigar transitioned nicely into the second third where I was able to pick up semi-sweet chocolate, coffee notes and rich earthiness. The pepper remained on the back end of the palate but it was milder than in the first third. The flavors were still bold and full. If this was a blind tasting I would have thought I was smoking a Padron Family Reserve No. 44. It really did resemble that profile.

As I neared the middle point of the cigar I continued to get nice bold flavors similar to those already mentioned but a little more coffee, mocha and creamy texture entered the picture. There were hints of sweet oak, dried fruit and wild berries. It was definitely very smooth and boasted a medium to long finish that was very pleasing.

The final third continued to develop nicely with some perfectly blended sweetness with some occasional hints of dark chocolate. It never got bitter or hot thanks to the slow burn and to the construction. The cigar offered up some very discernible coffee, mocha and sweet oak flavors with some black cherry, licorice and dried fruit. A nice chocolate tone mainly dominated the final third. The smoke was still thick and had a nice velvety cream-like texture on the palate.

The Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada has a definite kick to it. I started to feel the nicotine just past the halfway mark and this was after I had had a hearty meal. Definitely ensure you eat something beforehand.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars
Despite being a boutique cigar and offered in very limited quantities the cigar wasn’t priced like some of the higher end better known cigars on the market. I paid $8.80 for this cigar before taxes. Definitely not priced to be an everyday cigar but certainly a cigar that you would enjoy when you have the time or for that special occasion. The cigar lasted almost an hour and a half so you do get your money’s worth in terms of duration. Paying this much for a cigar that many haven’t heard of though may put some purchasers off. Don’t ever be afraid to get out of your comfort zone though and try something new.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tortuga 215 is a very pleasing cigar that offers full-bodied flavors and medium to full strength enjoyment. A great cigar with exceptional creamy smoke output and flavors that boast coffee, mocha, chocolate, dried fruit and sweet wood. It has a complex profile that evolves and transitions frequently and seamlessly. Try to find one. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. A perfect ending to a nice steak dinner.

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15
Jun

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Origin : Cuba src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/hoyo-de-monterrey.gif" class="alignright" alt="Hoyo de Monterrey" width="129" height="90" /> /> Format : Short Robusto /> Size : 5.3 x 46 /> Released : 2011 /> Hand-Made /> Price : ~$14/piece /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cuban-cigar.com/Hoyo-De-Monterrey-cigars.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Hoyo de Monterrey cigars…

The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides Limited Edition 2011 was released at the end of last year by Habanos S.A, describing it as mild yet complex, a perfect cigar for beginning smokers. I managed to get mine (smoked a fiver for this review) in href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/other/buying-cigars-in-rome">Rome’s La Casa del Habano this spring and had waited a couple of months before sitting down tête-à-tête. Seems like it was worth the wait.

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Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> The cigar is a medium brown color, and the leaf is smooth and consistent with a tracery of thin veins. Beneath the Hoyo de Monterrey band is the gold Edición Limitada band. Pre-light, the aroma is buttery with a hint of pepper and notes of toasted wood.

Construction : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> The construction is just as solid as it looks. The cigar smokes consistently and shows a nice burn. The draw is excellent, producing a lot of aromatic smoke.

Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars /> The pre-light aroma is fairly indicative of the flavors and aromas while smoking. It is indeed a mild-to-medium, pleasant taste, buttery and salty, with a hint of fresh bread and dry, toasty wood. There is a bit of spiciness, yes, but it doesn’t really come through until about midway through the smoke. The baking aroma and the woody taste are the most consistent elements throughout the smoke although I also detected some meaty and more unusual flavors.

Value : 3.5 out of 5 stars /> There are many great cigars for about half this price, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this one isn’t worth the higher price. It’s a delightful and complex cigar with a lot to offer.

Overall Rating : 4.25 out of 5 stars (4.25) /> The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides Limited Edition 2011 does cost a little more than you might usually pay for a cigar, but it’s a great treat. If you like milder cigars but prefer the complexity you’re used to finding in medium and full-bodied cigars, this is a cigar which will intrigue and surprise you. If you’re brand new to smoking, this is a light cigar which will give you a wide range of experience and a top-notch introduction. Something that a href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/montecristo/montecristo-open-regata">Montecristo Open, which was supposed to be the Cuban cigar for novice smokers, can’t give.

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06
Jun

href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/ramon-allones-extra-b.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition"> class="aligncenter" width="450" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/ramon-allones-extra.jpg" alt="Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition" height="263" />

class="alignright" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/ramon-allones.gif" alt="Ramon Allones" width="140" height="119" />Origin : Cuba /> Format : Corona /> Size : 143 x 17.07 mm (5.6 x 44) /> Ring : 44 /> 2 cigars smoked for the review /> Hand-Made /> Price : ~$13 each /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cuban-cigar.com/Ramon-Allones-cigars.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Ramon Allones cigars…

The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is part of the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/cuban-cigars-news/2011-cuban-limited-editions">2011 Limited Edition collection by Habanos S.A, and was the first Ramon Allones Edicion Limitada cigar since that brand’s inception in 1837. The band on the cigar is a historic one, which contributes to the collectible status of the cigar. The wrapper, binder, and filler have all been made out of aged Cuban tobacco leaves from Vuelta Abajo. The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is widely regarded as a top notch cigar, and it’s easy to see why.

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Appearance : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> This cigar impresses from the first glance. The historic band encloses a dark wrapper which is almost devoid of veins and beautiful to look at. It isn’t very oily, but it feels consistent without any noticeably hard or soft spots. Pre-light, there is a scent of chocolate.

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars /> The Allones Extra offers a really excellent draw (I’d recommend dryboxing it for 1 day though), while the burn is just slightly uneven during the early part of the smoke. This self-adjusts without much interference and then is completely even through the rest of the smoke. Excellent all in all, after that first little bit with the burn.

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Flavor : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> This is a medium-bodied cigar; the flavors and aromas are initially mild coffee, but as the smoke progresses, chocolate notes start to surface and gradually become more powerful. There is something sweet in here as well, like sugar cane. This definitely would work as a dessert cigar. While there isn’t a lot of complexity here, the flavors present are smooth, elegant, and delicious.

Value : 4 out of 5 stars /> This isn’t a cheap smoke by any means, and it’s kind of tricky to find, but that’s because this is a Limited Edition cigar. If you purchase just one of these, you will probably be spending about $13.00, and it’s easier to find them in boxes of 25. This is an exquisite cigar, however, and it’s worth the price.

Overall Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> The Allones Extra impresses from start to finish—right from the moment you see it, you know that this cigar has a lot of promise. And it delivers with the perfect draw and the excellent palate of flavors and aromas. The price is high, but this is to be expected. If you can get your hands on one, it deserves a try!

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27
Mar

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class="alignright" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/tatuaje.gif" alt="Tatuaje" width="125" height="135" />Origin : Nicaragua /> Format : Double Toro /> Size : 5 5/8 x 54 /> Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf /> Filler : Nicaragua /> Binder : Nicaragua /> Hand-Made /> Price : $11.00-$12.50 /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/buy-tatuaje" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars…

This was a cigar that had evaded me for quite some time. It was hard to come by for me because the few B&M’s that were carrying this exclusive cigar sold out of them very quickly. Many people I know of were clammering to get their hands on this large quantity limited release. And the few B&M I saw online were selling them above retail, so I went underground to get mine. I went out and traded some sticks with some good friends of mine to acquire enough to do this review. I am glad I went out of my way, because I really liked this cigar, and definitely see why they were so popular during their release.

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Appearance : 2.5 out of 5 stars /> Definitely not a looker, the TAA is a very rough-looking cigar. It has a dark brown, dry, and very veiny wrapper. The covered foot makes it kind of look like a turd. And the triple cap is carelessly applied.

Construction : 3.75 out of 5 stars (3.75) /> The TAA is a soft box-press cigar and has very noticeable seams. The triple cap is very crooked and sort of oblong. A slight squish is present when squeezed. The burnline is pretty crooked as well, but I was smoking in slightly windy conditions, so a few touch ups were in order. But the draw was nothing other than perfect.

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Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars /> 1st Third: The closed foot lights very quickly and I immediately get loads of pepperiness and some acrid notes. Beneath the initial roughness is that signature Tatuaje black licorice flavor. Eventually, nearing the last part of this third, the profile smooths out tremendously showing a mix of smooth dark chocolate and wood notes.

2nd Third: Nearing the heart of the cigar I got a good amount of beef jerky meatiness. The wood notes are still there but take a backseat to the meat. The body is a definite medium+ to full. I am amazed by how much flavor there is but it’s not overpowering.

3rd Third: The last third seemed like I was smoking an old 2×4 wrapped in jerky,… in the best way possible. Not a lot of flavor change but more flavor intensity. The body has definitely ramped up to full and tastes very Padron-esque. Finale of malt, soil, and black pepper caps off the experience.

Value : 2 out of 5 stars /> There is no big surprises here, an exclusive of Tats usually garner $10 pricetags and this one is no different. I have seen retailers sell these as high as $12 to $12.50, making these overpriced in my opinion. And with many Tats, you can usually find some good discounted boxes, but it will be a seriously tough find indeed.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars /> I really like the smokeability of this particular Tatuaje. The majority of the experience was very smooth and had a lot of good flavor. It was far from complex in my opinion, but I do find why people love these so much,… it kind of tastes very similar to a href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/padron">Padron,… but without the “in your face” profile. In a bevy of great Tat releases I do have my go to cigars, this may not be one of them but I sure did enjoy smoking it.

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03
Feb

In the “Blog Highlights” series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2011. Enjoy.

Cain cigar reviews

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M. Germany and Zack reviewed three Cain cigars in September-October 2011. Zack started with the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/oliva/cain-habano-double-toro">Cain Habano Double Toro, M. Germany soon followed with a review of the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/cain/cain-daytona">Cain Daytona. Finally, they joined their forces to do a dual review of the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/cain/dual-review-cain-maduro-double-toro">Cain Maduro Double Toro.

Aging Room Small Batch

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Robustojoe reviewed a Dominican puro called href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/swag/aging-room-small-batch-m356">Aging Room Small Batch, made at the Oliveros factory. “The Aging Room Small Batch M356 is the first truly outstanding cigar I’ve smoked in a long time.”

“Off the Beaten Path”

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M. Germany got a great idea to write about smaller cigar manufacturers: “Over the next several weeks, I will be rating and reviewing several cigars and companies that you most likely have never heard of.” The “Off the Beaten Path” series turned out to be a very interesting guide to cigars that one can rarely find in online supermarkets or on B&M shelves. Have you heard about the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/off-the-beaten-path-antillian-cigar-company">Antillian Cigars Corp, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/clints-cigars-review">Clints, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/off-the-beaten-path-black-patch-cigar-company">Black Patch, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/off-the-beaten-path-blue-mountain-cigars">Blue Mountain, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/off-the-beaten-path-el-sueno-cigars">El Sueno, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/off-the-beaten-path/off-the-beaten-path-achievement-cigars-12-propio">Achievement?.. Now you did.

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27
Jan

In the “Blog Highlights” series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2011. Enjoy.

Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

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In the beginning of June, I purchased a couple of these cigars when I was in href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/other/buying-cigars-in-geneva">Geneva. The href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/avo/avo-85th-anniversary-2011-limited-edition">Avo 85th Anniversary LE 2011 is a damn fine smoke both in terms of presentation and flavors. At $17.50 it’s not going to make it into my regular rotation though.

Padilla Habano Artisano

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This is the kind of cigar that immediately catches your eye in the B&M. That’s exactly what happened to Zack who just had to purchase the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/padilla/padilla-habano-artisano">Padilla Habano Artisano, featuring three different leaves in its wrapper. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t exactly taste as good as it looked.

Top cheap smoke: Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8

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Through the summer, we ran a contest which consisted in telling others about your favorite cheap smokes in a cigar review. You can href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/contests/share-your-cheap-smoke-contest-submissions-closed">click here to view all the submissions that were received. The winning review was about a cigar called href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/arturo-fuente/cheap-smoke-arturo-fuente-flor-fina-8-5-8">Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 and it’s indeed a great cheap smoke.

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19
Jan

In the “Blog Highlights” series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2011. Enjoy.

Cigar Cartoons

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Back in March, we published our first cigar cartoon created by Jerry King. Since then, we published href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/cigar-cartoons">over 35 cigar cartoons and received a lot of positive feedback from our readers.

Raices Cubanas Candela “War”

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Two boutique manufacturers, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/illusione">Illusione and href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/viaje">Viaje, released their versions of candela wrappers. Aaron decided to find out which one is better. Discover who’s the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/illusione/raices-cubanas-candela-war">king of the candela.

Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

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Jason reviewed the latest release from Punch, their href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/punch-non-cuban/punch-rare-corojo-10th-anniversary">Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. Better than the regular Rare Corojo, this full-bodied cigar is a nice value for smokers who seek power over flavor.

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In the “Blog Highlights” series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2011. Enjoy.

Nat Sherman cigar reviews

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In January, Nathan started his series (can two reviews be called a series?) of Nat Sherman cigar reviews. He started with the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/nat-sherman/nat-sherman-westside-711-gotham" >Westside 711 Gotham and, soon after that, reviewed the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/nat-sherman/nat-sherman-vip-carnegie" >VIP Carnegie.

Liga Privada “Dirty Rat”

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In February, Aaron started his reviews on the blog with a great write-up about the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/drew-estate/liga-privada-dirty-rat" >Liga Privada “Dirty Rat”. This is how he described the flavors: “Wow!!! That’s all I can say about the flavor of this cigar. I’m more about the flavors than anything else, and this is a winner in my book.”

Boutique cigars

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Thanks to Robustojoe, we had the pleasure to read a great href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/cigar-thoughts/boutique-cigars-is-there-a-difference" >article about boutique cigars.

At this point in time, cigar making is going through a renaissance, and the boutique cigar business is the engine of its evolution.

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