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#nowsmoking: Indomina by AJ Fernandez Robusto

Superb craftsmanship. Good smoke volume and excellent burn. A super-snappy treat for spice hounds...read more now!
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2018 CA Report: How Master Blenders Create the Flavor Profiles in Cigars

There are certain base flavors we get from cigars like coffee, wood, pepper and chocolate...then there are deeper notes, such as cinnamon, citrus, dark fruits, and more. Zman spoke to several expert cigar makers to learn how they go about creating a cigar’s "flavor profile," and which tobaccos bring about those certain flavors on the palate.
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CA Review Panel: La Gloria Cubana Esteli Cigar Review (Video)

La Gloria Cubana Estelí cigar is a more full-flavored take on the classic La Gloria Cubana cigars, heightening the flavor and character of the brand’s original "white box" blend. Here's what the Cigar Advisors thought of it. . .
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2018 CA REPORT: The Ultimate Guide to the Newest Fad in Nicaraguan Cigars

Remember when shoulder pads and mullets were cool? Yeah, trends are great short term, but the Nicaraguan cigar trend is going to last and here’s why. While Nicaragua has been producing some of the finest tobaccos in the world since the 1960’s, it’s been on a naming kick lately. In just the last 5 years, over 25 new cigars were released with ‘Nicaragua’ or ‘Esteli’ in their names alone. So how do we navigate the waters of this rising trend?
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Building a Cigar Box Guitar w/Shane Speal

They call him "the king of the cigar box guitar." Shane Speal, an avid cigar smoker, guitar player, woodworker, and author, is not only building some of the best cigar box guitars, he's also serving-up a lesson in American history. Working out of his modest backyard shed in York, PA Shane takes pride in recreating the "poor man's guitar," which dates back to the turn of the 20th century.
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#nowsmoking: Highclere Castle Corona

Where it's at: Impeccably crafted with a silky Connecticut wrapper. Bold, black pepper notes leap out of the gate. Settles into a creamy, earthy smoke with a long, crisp, peppery finish. A layer of tart fruit enters midstream with a light cedary note. A very refined slam-dunk for smokers who crave spicy cigars.
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Sixpoint The Crisp + Montecristo Cigar Pairing

What is a golf cigar? How do you pair a beer with a golf cigar? These questions have kept our greatest scholarly minds up at night for decades, or maybe not. We’re not scientists but the master brewers at Six Point Brewery sure are and they’ve concocted a new classic for the golf course that needs only the complement of a classic Montecristo and the company of friends.
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2018 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars

Hoyo de Monterrey cigars have been lining the humidors of cigar lovers for generations. Whether you're a Hoyo devotee, or a rookie in search of a quintessential classic – click now to see the Advisors’ review notes for the entire Hoyo lineup - including AJ Fernandez and Excalibur selections!
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