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Blind Cigar Review: Caldwell | The T Toro Grande Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Caldwell | The T Toro Grande

“I’ll be the first to say this vitola was not my cup of tea and was potentially a tough cigar for me due to the size. I can lose interest in a larger vitola if the flavors don’t progress enough. The balance between progression and consistency can be a fine line for my palette. However, the consistency of this smoke was impressive in all areas, flavor, burn, draw, and construction. So, regardless of my personal preferences in vitola, this was a very decent cigar that I would burn again in the right circumstance.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez | Last Call Maduro Flaquitas Score 94%

Blind Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez | Last Call Maduro Flaquitas

“Overall a pretty damn good cigar. If you like dipping into the spice cabinet realm this one is for you. I detected notes all over, from cinnamon to nutmeg to all spice to cumin. Tasted like I was smoking a Thanksgiving dessert. Very warm and nice flavors. Due to the strength, I would recommend this as an after dinner smoke and pair with a bourbon or blended whiskey and a piece of pie.” -Adam B. (Bushboy)

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Cigar News: Diesel Re-Introduces Hair of the Dog

Diesel is releasing a limited-edition version of its Hair of the Dog line this month. This cigar was created by AJ Fernandez with the help of brand manager Justin Andrews at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua. The fillers are made entirely of Nicaraguan Habano, while the wrapper is an Ecuadoran Habano, and binder Ecuadoran Sumatra. The regular Hair of the Dog line is a Cigars International exclusive that has been around since 2013.

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Blind Cigar Review: Caldwell | The T Connecticut Double Robusto Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: Caldwell | The T Connecticut Double Robusto

“I enjoyed this cigar, it was mild enough to be enjoyed as your 1st cigar of the day with some coffee. There were enough transitions to hold my attention with cream, cedar and some cinnamon. ” -Mickey T. (irratebass)

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Blind Cigar Review: Southern Draw | 300 Manos Torpedo Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Southern Draw | 300 Manos Torpedo

“As a fan of heavier, more full bodied cigars, this was a nice change of pace for me on this cold winter day. Loved the citrus and oak notes I got from this, especially on the retrohale. Would I buy a box, probably not but its definitely worth a fiver. Enjoyable overall. ” -Kevin J. (maninblack77)

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Cigar News: Punch Diablo to Debut at IPCPR 2018

At the upcoming 2018 IPCPR trade show, Punch cigars will introduce a new line called Diablo.  As the name suggests, it is an extremely bold and full-bodied cigar with strength and power.  AJ Fernandez blended the cigar for Altadis U.S.A. with tobaccos from four different countries, all of which have aged 4-6 years.  The cigars are rolled by hand at the AJ Fernandez factory in Nicaragua.

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Cigar News: Southern Draw Cigars to Introduce Cedrus at 2018 IPCPR

At the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Southern Draw Cigars will introduce Cedrus – The Hogan.  It is a new facing that also makes the fifth core line for the young cigar brand based in Texas.  According to a press release, CEDRUS has been five years in the making and will first be available in a box pressed Belicoso Fino size known as “THE HOGAN” (5.5 x 52).  THE HOGAN will come in numbered 10-count boxes.

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Quick Cigar Review: Diesel | Whiskey Row Robusto

This cigar was exactly what a project like this should be: not so prominent in the barrel-aged department that it takes over the blend, but enough that you know it was there. It reminded me of the Diesel Unlimited blend both profile-wise and on paper, but just with a little something extra. I’m not sure this is my favorite Diesel release, but it is up there with the Rage and Delirium. Definitely pick some of these up if you are a fan of Diesel, barrel aged cigars, or just want to try something new in general.

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Cigar News: Diesel Unveils Whiskey Row

Diesel has been a well know presence in cigar shops and from online retailers for a number of years now.  Very soon, fans of the brand will have another reason to smile, as Diesel presents Whiskey Row.  As with the rest of the Diesel portfolio, they are blended by AJ Fernandez.  This cigar was also developed in conjunction with Rabbit Hole Bourbon, a new distillery in the bourbon category. Whiskey Row uses some binder leaves that were aged in bourbon barrels, using a proprietary process developed by AJ to enhance the profile of the cigar.

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