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Editorial: Puro Sabor 2018 | Special Events and Closing Thoughts

As we close out our series on Puro Sabor 2018, let’s take a look at the events that made the week special.  In all honesty, even the everyday lunches were special events.  It seemed like every time we gathered for a meal, the organizers pulled out all the stops and made it a grand occasion instead of just another meal.  One of my favorite things about all of these events was the reality of being able to sit down with people from all over the world, all walks of life, and all manner of experience in the cigar industry.  We were all the same at these events.  It was just an enormous group of friends gathering for a meal, some drinks, and great conversation.

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Blind Cigar Review: Ventura | Case Study CS/01 Churchill Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Ventura | Case Study CS/01 Churchill

“I tend toward fuller bodied cigars generally, and much smaller vitolas as a rule, but I enjoyed the hell out of this beast for the full ride. I lit this late on a Saturday morning, and it paired wonderfully with a couple extra cups of dark roasted coffee well into the early afternoon. I’d strongly suggest that you do likewise. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Cigar News: 1502 XO Lancero Hits Market

The Lancero is the third in the 1502 XO series. The XO series is an annual release, each year getting a different vitola. 2015 saw the wide release of the Toro, and 2016 was the Churchill, and 2017 saw the Salamon. There is a total of 8 vitolas planned. A limited number of 1502 XO Lanceros were sold in 2016 to keep ahead of the FDA deadline with the wide release happening now. 

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Cigar News: Cigar Dojo Announces Protocol K9 with Cubariqueño

Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño have announced a collaboration in the creation of a new cigar, the Protocol K9. Cubariqueño’s releases have been themed around law enforcement with their Protocol, Probably Cause, and Themis releases. Eric Guttormson’s brother-in-law is a K9 officer so it’s only fitting that their collaboration would center around a K9 theme.

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Blind Cigar Review: Tatuaje | The Michael Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: Tatuaje | The Michael

“This cigar smoked well enough, but the first thing I noticed was that it felt quite light. This lead to a very easy draw, and likely led to a lack of substance. I really didn’t feel like I was getting much from it. It wasn’t long before I found myself bored with the cigar and had to remind myself that it was there.” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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Blind Cigar Review: Home Roll | Mischievous Marshmallow Score 86%

Blind Cigar Review: Home Roll | Mischievous Marshmallow

“Off the bat I enjoyed the sweetness and pepper flavors. The way they played off each other was enjoyable. I also enjoyed how the sweetness was like a glaze on my lips. While smoking the cigar, looking at the cigar, it was ok and was not wowed by how the cigar looked. I had to touch up the cigar and had to relight it twice throughout the smoke. As much as enjoyed the flavors in the first two thirds, the last third wrecked the experience for me. The way the cigar was constructed it burned my tongue and all the flavor were bitter. It left my mouth feeling like I smoked five cigars back to back.” -Daniel S. (Daniel S.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Warped | La Colmena Black Honey Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Warped | La Colmena Black Honey

“Very solid cigar across the board. It won’t change your life or make you feel as if you’d been touched by the hand of God, but it is a well constructed and tasty smoke. It doesn’t require much effort to tease out and identify exotic flavors, or significant transitions, but what is there is very up front, and enjoyable. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Cigar News: Boyd Motor Company Offers New Accessory Line

Boyd Motor Company is teaming up with Touch of Modern for a line of smoking accessories. The Lakewood cigar ashtray, the Denver cigar ashtray, Breckenridge cigarette ashtray, the Block cigar rest and the Clous de Paris cigar rest are among the products available in this new line. All  of these products are machined and fabricated in the USA from 6061 billet aluminum. A master machinist with the eye of an artistic flair, Ryan Boyd wanted to offer his entire line all at one place for a limited time.

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