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Cusano’s Premium Cigar Assortment A fine example of cigar blending diversity

The Cusano Premium Cigar Assortment, which was presented to retailers at RTDA Las Vegas this past July, comes with 12 Cusano cigars in different shapes chosen from their four bestselling premium cigar blends, as follows:

3 Cusano 18 Double Connecticut Churchill (7¼” x 50)
3 Cusano 18 Paired Maduro Toro (6½” X 46)
3 Cusano Corojo Vintage 1997 Torpedo (6″ X 52)
3 Cusano C10 10th Anniversary Robusto (5″ X 50)

One of Cusano’s trademarks is how they use conventional tobaccos in unconventional ways. For example, the 18 Double Connecticut uses a 1985-vintage Dominican Oro filler with a vintage Connecticut Shade binder, and wrapper. The Robb Report said about the Churchill: “…the 18 approaches the intoxicating flavor of Fidel’s favorite cigar, the Cohiba Habano.”  The 18 Paired Maduro also contains the 18-year-aged Dominican Oro filler, plus a ’96 Brazilian Maduro leaf, a ’96 San Vincente binder, and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper.

The C10 – their 10th Anniversary Edition – sports four vintage high-grade wrapper leaves: Honduran Jamastran, U.S. and Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro as part of the filler mix, Mexican Sumatra-seed for the binder, and the outer wrapper is a zesty 1996-vintage Ecuadorian Cuban-seed leaf. This is also one of the most unique-tasting cigars I’ve ever smoked. If you’ve got a perceptive palate, this blend’s for you.

The Corojo Vintage 1997 Torpedo scored a “91” in Cigar Insider and is my personal favorite among the four. The wrapper is an attractively oily 1997 Ecuadorian Corojo enriched by a piquant Mexican-grown Sumatra-seed binder. The cigar has a very rich, spicy flavor that’s not overpowering.

Since the Cusano Premium Cigar Assortment was made in Limited Edition, once they’re sold-out, that’s it, so it also makes a great collector’s item. Of course, all the cigars in the set are available individually, but if you want to get a sense of what makes Cusano tick as a major player in the imported premium cigar market, this collection will get you there in spades.

~ Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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