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#nowsmoking: Huntsman by Plasencia Toro

Paired with: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select Whiskey...Well-crafted. Leathery pre-light. Smoke is mellow to start. A pronounced note of chocolate sets the tone. Well-balanced flavors transition to an earthy, spicy, toasty mix with an underlying ribbon of chocolate. Whiskey reveals a nice subtle sweetness. Spice is more vivid in the last act. Full-flavored.
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2018 CA Report: 10 Cigar Boom Cigars Your Humidor Shouldn't Be Without

For those who remember the Cigar Boom '90s (and those who wish you did), step into the Hot Nub Time Machine as we report on 10 cigars that helped light the match. Many veteran cigar smokers still enjoy these seminal smokes today; newer cigar smokers, you'll discover some true classics well worth adding to your collection.
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5 Things You Need to Know About... Pennsylvania Broadleaf Tobacco

Cheesesteaks, Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling), and potholes the size of moon craters are as Pennsylvanian as it gets - but what about the tobacco? We spent a day at the Drew Estate PA Barn Smoker which, as a life-long Pennsylvanian, led me down the rabbit-hole of what goes into growing and using this heavy tobacco in cigars - and why some say it's making a comeback.
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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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