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Blind Cigar Review: Relic by A.J. Fernandez | Robusto

“The first two thirds of this cigar are some of the best and most complex you can find in a full body smoke. Burn, draw and construction are all top notch and the cigar is very well made. Unfortunately, the finish becomes unbalanced and slightly bitter in the final third. This can be a product of age and letting this cigar sit for a few months or so will rid the final third of this bitter note. I could buy 10 or so of this cigar and it will hit the mark when I am looking for a full body smoke. However, there are a few other full bodied cigars I would reach for over this one.” -Dave (Cigar Jukebox)

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Blind Cigar Review: Marrero | Tico Pigtail

“This is a fantastic cigar with well balanced flavors and a smooth rich texture. The sweet notes in this cigar range from honey, to caramel, to a vanilla cream, which really makes the cigar come to life. These sweet notes pair well with hearty tobacco and oak notes. Construction is top notch and the draw evens out into a smooth draw with just enough resistance. This cigar may be a bit too much for beginners, but it is a necessity for experienced cigar enthusiasts. This was an amazing cigar experience and I could easily put this cigar into my regular smoking rotation. Once I know what this cigar is, I am going to hunt down a box.” -Dave (Cigar Jukebox)

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Blind Cigar Review: Stogie Boys | RIOT 55

“While this cigar didn’t have the best construction, burn or draw, I did enjoy the flavors this cigar produced. However, most of this cigar was still one dimensional and it didn’t give me a lot in the way of complexity. This is probably a cigar worth smoking again, but much would depend on the price point.” -Will (Cigar-Coop)

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Blind Cigar Review: L’Atelier | Côte d’Or

“Overall, a very good cigar. With such a long cigar as this (roughly 7 inches and 48 ring gauge), the cigar did what I expected; start off with a core set of delicious, well balanced flavors (black pepper, leather, cedar, sweet cream, burnt bread) and build on them as the cigar progressed. I do wish the last third gave either an increase in body and/or more flavors (like the burnt bread starting from the second third). If this was the case, the cigar would have been bumped up to an excellent cigar. I would smoke this again but will pass on purchasing any.” -Jiunn (jliu)

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Blind Cigar Review: Quesada | Reserva Privada Toro

“This is a solid cigar that increases in complexity throughout the smoke. The cigar is well balanced and there is a great balance of flavor and strength. Construction is excellent and the cigar itself smokes really well and allows you to smoke at a slower pace to enjoy subtle flavor changes. The first third started off a bit one dimensional; however, the final two thirds had some wonderful flavors and textures. The cigar truly shined in the second and final thirds where honey and caramel notes balance well with tobacco, cedar and oak flavors. I would happily smoke this cigar again and I would love to have it in a corona.” -Dave (Cigar Jukebox)

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Blind Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana | Natural Churchill

“The flavors were enjoyable, strength within reason and construction was spot-on. What more could one person ask for in a cigar? It might not have been deadnuts center of my wheelhouse in terms of the flavors, but they were quite enjoyable nonetheless. I really liked this cigar.” -Kip (Half Ashed)

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Blind Cigar Review: My Father | La Antiguedad Corona Grande

“Overall, the cigar was smoking pretty well in the beginning. There were interesting flavors and a good burn. But the final third really made it hard to give an overall rating, because this may have just been a one off error, and more than likely was.” -Jerad (Cigar Federation)

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Blind Cigar Review: Hammer + Sickle | Hermitage No. 1 Churchill

“I was thoroughly pleased to find that this was a great cigar, especially considering the cigars sheer size. The first two thirds were top-notch. Lots of very pleasing flavors, perfect draw and lots of smoke. The final third, though still great in smoke, burn and ash, was a bit lower on my scale. Still pleasant to smoke, just the added bitterness dropped it down for me. Not surprising though, since this was the end of a very large cigar. I would really like to see how this cigar compares in a smaller vitola.” -Jerad (Cigar Federation)

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Blind Cigar Review: Epic | Corojo Reserva Double Corona

“This smoke was right in my flavor wheelhouse. I enjoyed the mild and creamy start more than the darker finish, and the mid point was a perfect balance of the two. The cigar evolved enough to keep me interested, though never straying too far from its core flavor base. There was also a satisfying amount of flavorful smoke on each puff, not requiring double puffs, which was very much appreciated – would not hesitate to smoke another.” -Jordan (Cigar Dojo)

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