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Cigar News: Gurkha Announces Castle Hall Nicaragua

Gurkha Cigars has announced the re-release of their Castle Hall Nicaragua line. The original line came out in 2003 and is considered grandfathered into new FDA regulations. Gurkha Castle Hall Nicaragua is an extension of the regular Castle Hall line, which is focused on value and made in the Dominican Republic. The Nicaragua version is being rolled at ACC (Cacitrasa) in Esteli, Nicaragua.

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Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro Score 92%

Blind Cigar Review: Micallef | Experiencia La Crema Toro

“There are not enough words to say how much I liked this cigar. It was engaging and kept my interest to whole time. I really didn’t want to set it down. In my notes I keep saying there was something so familiar about this cigar so I really can’t wait to find out what it was. It is box worthy and will for sure find it’s way into my daily rotation. Find some, smoke some and enjoy.” -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)

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Blind Cigar Review: Ave Maria | Lionheart Earl Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Ave Maria | Lionheart Earl

“Really well crafted and lovingly made cigar that is probably the polar opposite of what appeals to my palate. Very crisp, bright and dry flavors. In the early portion there were some fairly negative points offering bitterness and astringency. Overall a fairly mild cigar that may appeal to devotees of a more classic Connecticut flavor profile. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Illusione | Epernay 10th Anniversary d’Aosta Score 87%

Blind Cigar Review: Illusione | Epernay 10th Anniversary d’Aosta

“Overall, this was a very very good medium bodied smoke that anyone could enjoy with an awesome first two thirds and a decent last third that wasn’t as impressive as the first two. The natural peanut butter flavor is what sold me on this cigar, who doesn’t like the great taste of a natural creamy peanut butter oozing with oils and deliciousness? While probably not the top tier of sticks I have had, it did make quite an impression with me and is deserving of more in the future.” -John A. (Bostoneo)

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Quick Cigar Review: Viaje | Skull and Bones The Hulk Score 90%

Quick Cigar Review: Viaje | Skull and Bones The Hulk

There’s almost a sneaky level of nicotine that keeps building slowly the entire time. It wasn’t enough to make me dizzy but I could feel that warm sensation in my stomach. The burn was pretty good but it was slightly wavy the entire time but I didn’t need to touch up or relight it at any point so it had that going for it. The draw was snug but the smoke output was ample and had a creamy mouthfeel. There’s not a crazy amount of flavors that will keep you guessing but the experience that it provides is very solid and almost the classic Nicaraguan experience I look for in this style.

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Blind Cigar Review: Perdomo | Estate Selección Vintage Maduro Imperio Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: Perdomo | Estate Selección Vintage Maduro Imperio

“The first third was great and I was hoping that it would continue but it fell off at the middle and went off the rails at the end in terms of flavor. The look and feel of the cigar make me think it’s very well made and even with ashy flavor at the end it still had great smoke production and produced a nice creamy smoke. It’s easier for me to forgive something that burns a little wonky or has a tight draw but the flavor has to be there. ” -Alan (Eulogy)

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Blind Cigar Review: Kristoff | Vengeance Toro Score 94%

Blind Cigar Review: Kristoff | Vengeance Toro

“Really excellent cigar. A bit larger format than I usually reach for, but the super sexy raggedy foot, and the pigtail cap really got my heart racing when I first saw this. Construction was exceptional throughout, and the overall flavor profile was really enjoyable. Nice sweet and super ripe tobacco on point here along with flirtations with some spice, espresso, and pepper along the way. Magnificent cigar. ” -John I. (John I.)

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