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Accessory Review: Xikar | PUROFINE High Performance Butane

Just prior to the 2017 IPCPR trade show, Xikar announced a few new products they would be showing off, one of those being a new kind of butane for cigar lighters, called PUROFINE High Performance. This new mixture of butane was originally designed for use in high-altitude location over 6,000 ft where oxygen is less abundant, but as they were testing the product, they found that it could also be used to increase current flame height and performance of any lighter.

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Cigar News: IPCPR Announces Pursell Departure

September 19, 2017 — The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association announced today the departure of Its Chief Executive Officer, Mark Pursell, effective October 15 of this year. Ken P. Neumann, IPCPR’s President and a Retailer from Libertyville, IL thanks Mark for his service to the association over the last three years and added, “On behalf of the Board, we appreciate the opportunity to work with Mark over the next month to ensure a smooth transition.”

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Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Four Kicks Maduro Robusto Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Four Kicks Maduro Robusto

“While a pretty simple stick with no transitions or changes detected from beginning to end, this was still a really good smoke with plenty of flavor provided, a great flavor profile, and no maintenance required. I’d happily smoke this one again and recommend it to a friend. ” -Dave W. (mdwest)

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Blind Cigar Review: Espinosa | Reggae DREAD Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Espinosa | Reggae DREAD

“This is a damn good cigar. It was slightly milder than I typically prefer but the interesting mix of flavors kept my attention and didn’t leave me wanting more. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a cigar that is just south of medium strength and would also have no issues handing one to my friends who seldom smoke. This one is worthy of smoking to the nub and is worthy of a place in my humidor.” -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

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Blind Cigar Review: Foundation | The Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro Corona Score 95%

Blind Cigar Review: Foundation | The Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro Corona

“The cigar for filled my appetite for a hearty smoke that would be great after any meal. It reminds me of one of my favorite cigars with a different wrapper and an amped up strength. I cannot wait to find out what it is so I can try the other sizes of this fabulous smoke.” -John A. (John A.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo | La Amistad by AJ Fernandez Robusto Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Hoyo | La Amistad by AJ Fernandez Robusto

“Overall this was a good smoke. I think this would not be a good first cigar of the day, but if you had a full day of smoking this would be a nice 2nd or 3rd stick of the day. Just beware it does pick up the spice in the final 1/3rd and through the whole 2nd third, but becomes a nice pleasant smoke at the end.” -Mickey T. (irratebass)

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Blind Cigar Review: Dunhill | Aged Maduro Short Robusto Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Dunhill | Aged Maduro Short Robusto

“This is a fairly short-lived cigar, easy smoking in under an hour, and probably just over a half hour smoke for most people. Each third had a distinct change of flavors that could easily be detected without looking. I found myself enjoying this one, a lot. But, it could use some glue. The tendency for the wrapper to unravel kept me distracted and, ultimately forced me to score the cigar lower than I would have liked based on flavor alone. That said, I’d give it another go in hopes that it’d stay together.” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Meridian Robusto Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Meridian Robusto

“Dinner was done and the air was finally starting to cool when I went out to give this cigar a try. I was blown away initially by the huge flavors this cigar produced and I couldn’t have been luckier to have waited until early evening to smoke the cigar. It is quite intense, and I’m sure a lot of people would call it harsh. I couldn’t imagine smoking this earlier in the day.” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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