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Editorial: Roll With It – Home-Rolled Cigars

Something fascinating about mankind… We have the capacity to make things. Of course we also have the capacity to destroy or cause problems, but we hope to strive for the good. When we see craftsmanship or creativity many of us are drawn to it like a moth to a flame. In our past, creativity was a kind of survival skill. We had to create new things like shelter and tools in order to survive or improve quality of life. Since civilization emerged, our creativity has morphed into the aesthetic and the artistic. In some cases, it can even take on a competitive facet. We want to know if we can do it better than the other guy, or we want to know if we can do it at all, thereby competing with ourselves. We want to experiment with our own creative nature. We want to know if we can make what we see others make. We want to know if we can make it better. This has always been a part of our nature, and this trait is responsible for some of the most wonderful things that we still enjoy today.

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Blind Cigar Review: George Rico | S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition Connecticut

“The draw, burn and construction were outstanding for this beautiful looking cigar. The flavors, while not in my wheelhouse, were solid and well balanced for the first two thirds. The returning cedar and spice near the end came close to becoming harsh. This cigar might benefit from additional rest. Give me another one, however, and I will gladly smoke it.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)

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Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Cornelius

“This is a cigar that I feel could benefit from an extended nap in the humidor to smooth out the edges and let the lesser, more nuanced flavors emerge. As it is, it is a good smoke, but I would hesitate to recommend it to a new smoker, and would certainly not have someone try this one for their first retrohale. Once I find out what this is, I may hunt down a few to bury in the humidor for 12 months or more…just to see what father time can do. ” -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

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Top 25 – 2015

Voting Process

Each of our 16 panelists were given 10 votes to cast. Our list is made up of cigars that were RELEASED in 2015. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man’s Puff, but the panelist must have smoke it at some point themselves.

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Blind Cigar Review: Warped | El Oso Cub

“Excellent cigar. Although not in my typical flavor wheelhouse, I appreciate a rich and powerful cigar. This will be great to smoke a couple of after a grilled fatty steak (like a bone in ribeye). This will probably also hold very well to whiskey, cutting some of the chili bite. I’d seek out a fiver.” -Jiunn (jliu)

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Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Newest Drew Estate Lounge at Famous Smoke Shop Retail Store

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that their newest Drew Estate Lounge would open at Famous Smoke Shop’s Retail Store in Easton, PA immediately prior to Famous’ annual Cigarnival event, taking place on June 26 & 27, 2015. This new Drew Estate Lounge will become the second Drew Estate Lounge in the United States, following the opening of the first Drew Estate Lounge at Corona Cigar Company in Sand Lake, FL in February 2014.

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Blind Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez | Miami Reserva Toro

“Rock solid smoke, if this cigar was a baseball player it would be Cal Ripken, something you could totally bank on in a pinch. It didn’t change a ton through the cigar but it was strong and not overwhelming at all which is not an easy thing to say about a stick of this caliber.” -Jack (Jack_H)

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Blind Cigar Review: CLE | Signature Series PLdM

“This was a very good cigar. The first third is the star giving me complex flavors of coffee and cream, oily chili, black pepper, sweet bread, hay, cedar and at times perhaps a black licorice. I kept wanting to take draws just so I can confirm what I’m tasting. The cigar does still have a little bit of edge to it in which I think age may help with. Easy fiver for me. Smoking one every 6 months or so to see how it is progressing.” -Jiunn (jliu)

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Blind Cigar Review: Cigar Federation | The Collective

“Overall, this was a great cigar. It had a perfect mix of flavors throughout. Lots of great spice all the way through. Had a nice creamy flavor with some sweetness that perfectly balanced out the great spice. I would smoke this again in a heartbeat.” -Wes (SosaCub4Life)

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