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Blind Cigar Review: Ventura | Archetype Cloaks Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Ventura | Archetype Cloaks

“This was a very tasty cigar for me and hit a lot of different flavor notes that my palette enjoyed immensely. There was enough variation and change that I was kept interested and paid more attention while smoking because of the constant nuanced changes. This is a great cigar for almost any level of cigar smoker. Not too strong for a beginner and complex enough for the seasoned smoker’s palette.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Sobremesa Elegante en Cedro Score 92%

Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Sobremesa Elegante en Cedro

“All around a great cigar. The flavor profile could have had a bit more of an evolution, but the core flavors were quite enjoyable though out and the retrohale provided a nice change from the standard draw. The creaminess of the smoke could have been a little more consistent as parts of the cigar produced thick creamy clouds but a lot of the time it was a little but thin. Overall a very good cigar that I would definitely smoke again. ” -Alan (Eulogy)

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Blind Cigar Review: Macanudo | Inspirado Red Robusto Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: Macanudo | Inspirado Red Robusto

“If you could roll up an espresso stout into a cigar, it would probably be a lot like this one. Cocoa nibs and coffee permeated the cigar from start to finish, with little else going on other than an increase of body. The flavors were good, but there was little to keep me interested for long.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Zacalo Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Zacalo

” It started off as a tasty cigar, however it plateaued about halfway through into a steady flavor profile. The back half remained a pleasant profile but lacked complexity. Draw, construction, and burn were exceptional for this sample considering the size. Not something I’d run and grab every day but definitely smoke one here and there when I crave a large stick. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

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Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso

“I liked the overall mix of flavors although I really could have used more sweetness hanging around in the second and last thirds. This is a predominantly leather an mineral taste cigar with the beginning offering a nice splash of pepper and spice and the cocoa and chocolate notes bouncing in and out. I think the vitola is perfect and if it was any longer I would have had enough. Tasty and interesting to say the least.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Editorial: Home Roll Cigar Series | Award Winners

I must admit, when I approached the home rollers on the BOTL web forum about a friendly contest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I learned that coordinating a series of this type is a big logistical challenge for which I was unprepared.  In the end, it was a good experience for me.  I hope it was also a good experience for those who participated, and especially our readers.

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Blind Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack | JJ14 Corona Gorda Score 92%

Blind Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack | JJ14 Corona Gorda

“In the beginning I was quite impressed with this cigar and enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, I had a hard time putting this cigar down for long. However, it didn’t finish well. My hope is that this was a one off as I would definitely try it again if others had a different experience. I so enjoyed the first two thirds of the cigar so much, that I’m probably scoring this cigar a little high overall. ” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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Blind Cigar Review: Home Roll | DBL Press No. 1157 Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: Home Roll | DBL Press No. 1157

“Good smoke. For someone who enjoys milder cigars that aren’t tremendously challenging, this would be a nice cigar. Construction was on point aside from some initial draw concerns.
Flavor wise it wasn’t a big show, but if you like nice flowery cigars, this is definitely one. Probably wouldn’t be bad with coffee on a Sunday morning.” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Dog Dobles Score 87%

Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Dog Dobles

“This was a not a flavor profile that fit my wheelhouse. Having said that, for someone who likes hazelnut and some black licorice this will be a decent cigar for them. I didn’t like the bitterness of the cigar but it did progress into a tartness that wasn’t distasteful to me. I would have thought the cigar would be stronger than it was given the types of flavors but it remained a medium to full, on the more medium side for me. A decent smoke for a specific palette.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: Davidoff | Master Selection 2011 Score 94%

Blind Cigar Review: Davidoff | Master Selection 2011

“Great smoke. Amazing construction which has definitely contributed to the experience. Deep rich leather and nuttiness on bold display here. It’s a flavor profile that I enjoyed a lot although there wasn’t a lot of transitional stuff going on. I’d be happy to smoke these by the truckload, and I’d nub them every time. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Rocky Patel | Vintage 2006 San Andreas Toro Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: Rocky Patel | Vintage 2006 San Andreas Toro

“Overall this was a pretty good smoke. The flavors were spicy and smokey and left a tingle on the palate. The restricted airflow hindered my opinion a touch but still not a bad cigar. The firmness of the cigar allowed me to chew on it a bit more than usual which i enjoyed. Aroma excellent throughout. ” -Adam B. (Bushboy)

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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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