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2018 CA REPORT: 10 Of The Best Cuban Sandwich Cigars

Referred to in the trade as a “Cuban Sandwich,” these are handmade cigars rolled with a blend that consists mostly of short and medium length filler tobaccos. And guess what else? A lot of these cigars are every bit as flavorful and satisfying as long filler cigars. So, let’s look in more detail. . .

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2018 CA REPORT: The 2018 Cigar Journal Trophy Awards 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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10 UNDERRATED CONNECTICUT SHADE CIGARS

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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2018 CA Report: How to Build a Well-Rounded Cigar Collection in 3 Easy Steps

Got a great humidor, but lacking some selection? Too many yard gars, not enough special occasion smokes, too many of a certain brand or too many full-bodied cigars - time to stock the right sticks for ALL occasions. Building a diverse premium cigar collection is easier than you think: here are the 3 steps to do it.
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2018 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to NUB Cigars by Oliva

Nub cigars are billed as the short cigar that at the "sweet spot" and lasts about as long as most Churchills - and the Cigar Advisors put that claim (and more) to the test, reviewing the entire line of these plump little Nicaraguans. Get a wide-angle view and a virtual taste of every Nub cigar in this complete guide!
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2018 CA Report: 10 Best Short Cigars Worth Smoking

Short in stature, tall on flavor! If you thought short cigars weren't going to smoke long enough, or weren't worth the coin that bigger cigars often command - let these ten petite primos change your mind. Our best short cigar picks will spark your interest; and from what we learned, you may be as impressed as we were.
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