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2018 CA REPORT: The 2018 Cigar Journal Trophy Award Cigars

It’s the 2018 Cigar Journal Cigar Trophies: Read as we reveal to you – and give our take on - the winners for "Best Brand," "Best Cigar," "Best Value" and more, along with a few reasons why each cigar earned its trophy.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cigar Advisor’s Essential Nub Cigars Tasting & Buying Guide

When Nub cigars arrived on the premium cigar scene in 2008 they weren’t a so-called “novelty” for very long. Originally created by Sam Leccia at the Oliva Cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, this unique, fat, half-cigar shapetook the industry by storm and was even chosen as a “2008 Best Buy” by Cigar Insider.
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Ten of the Best Short Cigars Worth Smoking

Looking for some great short smokes to try out, there are some great recommendations The Cigar Advisors think you should check out!
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Boutiques for Beginners – The Best Boutique Cigars on the Block

Classics are classics, no matter what – but every now and again, it’s time you let yourself take a walk on the wild side of the boutique cigar world. Admittedly, trying new cigars can be scary: there’s a lofty level of uncertainty when it comes to adding new cigars to your lineup, and when some of the buzz-heavy boutique cigars comes into play – often at a hefty price tag – you want some reassurance.
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