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Blind Cigar Review: Alec & Bradley | Blind Faith Toro Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Alec & Bradley | Blind Faith Toro

“This was an enjoyable cigar with distinct, easily discernible flavors which fluctuated in their prominence throughout the smoking experience. It was aided by solid construction and a lack of overall boringness. While not presenting itself as anything groundbreaking, I would certainly smoke this cigar again.” -Matt Cade (CADE)

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Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural Toro Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural Toro

“Featuring very little in the way of complexity and with only some minor transitions throughout the smoking experience, I won’t go so far as to say this is a boring cigar. Rather this was a fine cigar featuring fine flavors and fine construction. That’s it, it was just “fine” all around. ” -Matt Cade (CADE)

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Blind Cigar Review: AVO | Improvisation LE20 Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: AVO | Improvisation LE20

“The cigar started off well, developed nicely, then finished with a slight harshness that wasn’t quite enjoyable. It heated up quite a bit in the final third. Maybe smoking it slower would eliminate this, but I am not 100% sure. All in all a decent smoke. The power behind it as it transitioned through the final two thirds was a bit of a surprise, and may prove too strong for a newer smoker. I was expecting it to stay in the medium range with the sweeter notes from the beginning.” -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)

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Blind Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana | Spanish Press Robusto Score 92%

Blind Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana | Spanish Press Robusto

“Magnificent cigar. I’m not a boxed press enthusiast, but I really enjoyed this one despite the format. The flavors nailed a lot of my personal preferences featuring loads of creaminess, leather; ranging from soft and supple to bold and aggressive, and throughout offered a balanced sweetness. Additional notes of mineral and salt played against the sweet creaminess nicely. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Liga Privada Unico Serie Year of the Rat Score 95%

Blind Cigar Review: Drew Estate | Liga Privada Unico Serie Year of the Rat

“As noted in my tasting notes, each flavor was just as I expected . Dark chocolate and coffee with a slight earthiness all creating a notable smoking experience . I’d easily give this a 95. Great cigar that is box worthy for sure. ” -Kevin J. (maninblack77)

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Blind Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares | Altar Q Score 94%

Blind Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares | Altar Q

“Rarely is ever do I have a cigar experience that is as epic as this was. The flavors and aromas were beyond extraordinary and they worked so well together . Citrus, salted nuts, slight sweetness, and a retro so smooth it should be criminal. I’d easily give this a 98. Multi box worthy. Trust me, you’re gonna enjoy this if you enjoy what time and great tobacco can do together. ” -Kevin J. (maninblack77)

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Blind Cigar Review: Maya Selva | Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto Score 86%

Blind Cigar Review: Maya Selva | Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

“This was a decent cigar although the lemon citrus notes almost became too much for me at one point. I enjoyed the woodiness and the hints of leafy vegetation and mild nuttiness that was there from time to time. I’d definitely try this cigar again, to re-evaluated the overall flavors and note any flavor changes with an improved draw.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: Ave Maria | Lionheart Earl Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Ave Maria | Lionheart Earl

“Really well crafted and lovingly made cigar that is probably the polar opposite of what appeals to my palate. Very crisp, bright and dry flavors. In the early portion there were some fairly negative points offering bitterness and astringency. Overall a fairly mild cigar that may appeal to devotees of a more classic Connecticut flavor profile. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: Kristoff | Vengeance Toro Score 94%

Blind Cigar Review: Kristoff | Vengeance Toro

“Really excellent cigar. A bit larger format than I usually reach for, but the super sexy raggedy foot, and the pigtail cap really got my heart racing when I first saw this. Construction was exceptional throughout, and the overall flavor profile was really enjoyable. Nice sweet and super ripe tobacco on point here along with flirtations with some spice, espresso, and pepper along the way. Magnificent cigar. ” -John I. (John I.)

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Blind Cigar Review: TRE J | Invictis Centurio Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: TRE J | Invictis Centurio

“Very full bodied and flavored from begging to end. It’s certainly not pretty in terms of construction and the draw was way too loose but if you’re looking for a heavy hitting cigar this is a good choice. This is good size since the profile never had any dynamic shifts but I’m not sure how I would have felt if this was in a gordo size. ” -Alan (Eulogy)

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Blind Cigar Review: El Artista | Big Papi Slugger Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: El Artista | Big Papi Slugger

“My first impressions were negative due to the size of the cigar. Eliminating my bias towards that was easy once I started smoking the cigar. It really was a pleasant and long experience. This is still not necessarily going to be a first choice smoke for me but I can say it was flavorful enough all the way through to work for a niche smoke at the right time for me. Well constructed and good looking, I’d revisit this cigar again.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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