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#nowsmoking: Sobremesa Short Robusto

Impeccably crafted. Wrapper is glossy with a fine, leathery texture. Dense, chewy smoke imparts notes of sweet tobacco, cedar, and spice up front accentuated by hints of black pepper. Perfectly-balanced layers of cedar, dark chocolate, and peppery spice throughout with a long finish. Totally awesome.
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CA Review Panel: CAO Signature Series Cigar Review (Video)

Dressed in a dual ring, CAO Signature Series cigars are a full-flavored step up from their popular CAO Gold selection; they share one of the same bands, but the blends are miles apart. While the Gold Series has been a long time recommendation for new smokers, the Signature Series is more of a follow-up cigar.
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2018 CA Report: Top 10 Underrated Connecticut Shade Cigars

These are top quality cigars, all made in excellent cigar manufacturing facilities. But the main reason I have referred to them as underrated is because there are many full-bodied cigar lovers who simply will not give a more subtle Connecticut Shade stick the time of day. But, newsflash for everyone reading: NOT ALL Connecticut Shade cigars are mellow and low on flavor. In fact, the cigars on my list - while they may not be dark, Maduro, ligero-laden beasts - these sticks all have profiles that boast a hell of a lot of nice, rich tobacco flavor.
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CA Happy Hour: Blue Point Toasted Lager + Perdomo Craft Series Cigar Pairing

This happy hour goes out to the barbecue chef in all of us. Cigars and bbq go together like peanut butter and jelly; and when you throw a crisp, cool beer into the mix- boy, you’re bordering nirvana. This week’s pairing is versatile; with a beer hailing from the beaches of Long Island and a cigar designed for beer, this dynamic duo will be the hit of your next pig roast.
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Casa Fernandez Miami Arsenio Oro Toro

Intriguing, to say the least. Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper is silky, impeccably rolled, even in color. Earthy and flat at the start. Creamy smoke throughout with easygoing notes of earth, cedar, nuts, spice, and a suggestion of dark chocolate. A straightforward smoke with remarkably subtle flavors.
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How to Build a Well-Rounded Cigar Collection in 3 Easy Steps

So, you’ve got this great cigar humidor. But you look inside, and you notice it’s lacking in certain areas…maybe you’ve got plenty of yard-gars, but not enough good “sharing smokes” for when friends are over. Or, you’ve got too much of a certain brand, too many full-bodied cigars, or too many of one size, etc. The key to building your cigar collection is having the right assortment of sticks to fit every occasion.
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Master Blenders Throwback Edition: “The Lost Interview” with Benji Menendez

Master Blender Benji Menendez – his resume includes work with Macanudo, Cohiba and Partagas – to name just a few.
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Now Smoking - Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle Sublime (Toro)

A hearty, complex, no-bullshit smoke from Crowned Heads. Peppery start rounds to a sweet, nutty, spicy smoke with a dash of pepper. Well-balanced as sweet spice, cedar, and white pepper enter. Retrohale has more strident pepper.
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