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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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Editorial: Puro Sabor 2018 | Factory Tours

Imagine a car enthusiast having an opportunity to tour the Ferrari factory in Maranello, or someone who is a collector of fine watches going to visit Patek Philippe in Geneva.  The chance to actually see your favorite products being constructed by hand can be a real treat for the senses, and it can also give a heightened respect for the work that goes into creating these items that we love so much.  For premium cigar lovers the products that we consume are some of the most artfully and painstakingly crafted products in the world. Still, so many cigar lovers still don’t have the first-hand experience of seeing what goes into growing fine tobacco and crafting great cigars.  During Puro Sabor 2018 I was able to visit a number of cigar factories, large and small.  In this second article of the series about the festival I will take you through these factories in the same order that I visited them.

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Blind Cigar Review: Nomad | Fin de los Mundos Toro Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Nomad | Fin de los Mundos Toro

“Man, this was a fun cigar. I have to blame myself for the performance at the beginning, even if it did feel and look ok. Once I gave it the deeper cut, this cigar was awesome. The savory flavors kept me attached the whole way through. There was a lot more complexity in the first third that seemed to tone down through the rest of the cigar; I really wish it just kept going. ” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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Editorial: Puro Sabor 2018 | Introduction

In my most recent trip to Nicaragua I was fortunate to attend Puro Sabor 2018.  Puro Sabor is a celebration of the Nicaraguan cigar industry and the people who make it so wonderful. I had previously been to Nicaragua once before, in the fall of 2015, and I was so grateful to be able to go back again. Since there’s so much to cover about this trip I’ll break it into a series of different articles each covering different aspects of the trip itself. One theme that I hope you’ll notice in all of these articles is the people. The people are the most important aspect of every piece of the cigar industry in Nicaragua. Nothing is more important to the industry than its people and it’s the relationships that make the cigar industry in Nicaragua so beautiful and so wonderful.

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Blind Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack Cigars | Libelula Robusto Extra Score 92%

Blind Cigar Review: Jeremy Jack Cigars | Libelula Robusto Extra

“This was a great cigar. All of the favors really stood out and were crisp and clean. The profile changes happened often enough that I never got bored and was always looking forward to the next third. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a medium-full cigar with a lot of character. ” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Paniolo Especiale 2018 Soon to Release

The 2018 Paniolo Especial is being produced at My Father Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua.  It is a 5.5 x 48 Super Corona, a vitola that was inspired by the Bolivar Super Coronas EL 2014 (Cuba).  The Paniolo Especial 2018 features binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and a San Andres wrapper leaf from Mexico.  The cigar will be priced at $8.90 per cigar and available in 12-count boxes.  Production is limited to 500 boxes, total.

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Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Muestra de Saka Nacatamale Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Dunbarton T&T | Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

“Overall a very pleasant stick. Once it started mellowing out a little bit the cigar became a very nice smoke. This is one I’ll be looking at more closely after the reveal, and would consider a box purchase on if the price is right. ” -Dave W. (mdwest)

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Blind Cigar Review: Emilio | LJZ Robusto Score 88%

Blind Cigar Review: Emilio | LJZ Robusto

“This cigar was mediocre in my opinion. There was not much complexity. Smooth notes of spice and hay were the cornerstones, but the char crept in and took over through the second and final third of the cigar. A little age might do this cigar some good, so do not give up entirely on this stick. It might grow into something very good.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

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Cigar News: Rocky Patel Adds Culebra to Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes Line

Rocky Patel and Hamlet Paredes are releasing a unique size has been added to the Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes brand.  It is a culebra that weaves three long and thin cigars into a sort of cigar braid. The Tabaquero Culebra was first introduced by in early 2017 and used promotionally at in-store Rocky Patel events where Hamlet himself was featured. The great popularity and novelty of the event culebra led to its addition to the Tabaquero by Hamlet line.

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