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Category: Nicaragua

Quick Cigar Review: Powstanie | SBC 18

It feels like most barber pole cigars are more of a conversation starter in public places. They’re nice to look at but they’re usually just for looks. This one was both attractive and a great cigar. The draw was perfect. The construction was top notch in terms of roll and ascetics. The flavors were crisp and the transitions kept it interesting through the almost two hours it took to smoke. I’m also more heavily swayed by the quality of smoke as well as the flavors that I get from it. This one delivered on both fronts. Usually, it’s pepper that gives most of the bite but this one was much more baking spice which gave it a bit more uniqueness.

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Cigar News: Jessi Flores Leaves Drew Estate

Today, Drew Estate announced that the Director of Subculture Studios, Jessi Flores, would be leaving to pursue new business ventures. Jessi has been with the company since 1999, and was the company’s second employee, after Jonathan Drew. He was responsible for the grown of Subculture Studios, receiving awards and recognition.

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Blind Cigar Review: HVC | Edicion Especial 2018 Toro Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: HVC | Edicion Especial 2018 Toro

“This was an interesting cigar. I started out mild/medium and kept ramping up in strength were it even caused a bit of a nicotine buzz. The main flavor component was wood & spice, there was a nice floral and cream on the retro in the beginning then turned to more spice, until the final third which brought heavy cinnamon on the retro very unusual. ” -Mickey T. (irratebass)

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Blind Cigar Review: Crux | Epicure Galant Toro Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Crux | Epicure Galant Toro

“I find myself enjoying this more while reflecting back on it. The flavor profile was a very traditional style Nicaraguan with tobacco, cedar, leather, and pepper but it all worked very well when taken as a whole. The retrohale provided a bit of a break from the draw and even though the draw was a bit tight it was a good cigar for what it was. It’s not a game changing cigar but it’s a solid smoke and certainly worth your time. ” -Alan (Eulogy)

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Cigar News: MoyaRuiz Cigars Announces Hand Gripper Microblend for Smoke Inn

MoyaRuiz Cigars and Smoke Inn have collaborated to create the 13th installment in the Microblend series: Hand Gripper. With a unique presentation, the two cigars actually connect together with a spring to resemble a real pair of hand grippers, a workout tool used to exercise the hand muscles.

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Cigar News: Emilio Cigars and Black Label Trading Company Merge

As of today, Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is taking over the branding and marketing of Emilio Cigars. Going forward, all cigar production will move to BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua. A lot of the Emilio lines are already rolled there including Cavatina, LJZ, Papa Joe and Grimalkin. Scott Zucca, owner of Emilio Cigars, will continue to be involved and will distribute cigars for both companies through his distribution company L.J. Zucca Inc.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Paniolo Especiale 2019

Crowned Heads has announced it’s annual Hawaii exclusive, Paniolo Especiale 2019. As with previous releases it is made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli Nicaragua. The cigar is a robusto that measures 5 1/2 x 48. The blend uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Mexican San Andres Binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

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Cigar News: Miami Cigar & Co. Re-releasing Nestor Miranda Special Selection

Miami Cigar & Company has announced Nestor Miranda will be re-releasing the Special Selection line to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The cigar was originally made in the mid-2000’s and again will be made at the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The blend uses a Habano Rosado wrapper and comes in “traditional formats” in the $7.00 price range.

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