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Staff Reviews for March 2005

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CAO Black

Posted , by Keith
91

Unquestionably this is my favorite CAO blend. The packaging is unique - the boxes are unlike any you've seen. Stark black all around, snow white lids, and the top strewn with black paint like some kind of Jackson Pollock piece you'd see at the Museum of Modern Art (having seen the laborious process of painting these boxes in the Honduran box factory, I can tell you that it is quite a sight). …

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Victor Sinclair Vintage Select

Posted , by Steve R
88

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a super dark, super smooth, super oily box-pressed cigar. Among my favorites are the Torano Exodus, Gurkha Regent and Nester Reserve. Slow-burning, densely packed, hefty handmades filled with chocolatey goodness. Victor Sinclair of the Dominican Republic has their own version of dark, box-pressed beauties called the Vintage Select. Truth be told, this …

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Rocky Patel Sun Grown

Posted , by Steve R
90

The 2004 RTDA in Vegas showcased a slew of great offerings from some great makers, and of all the makers, it seems Rocky Patel was the busiest. His booth was utter madness, spilling over with onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of his new releases. The Edge, Java, Royale and Sun Grown – each one causing what seemed to be a riot, only less gunfire and more flashbulbs. But don’t worry, …

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Bohemian Bamboo

Posted , by Gonz

"Hey mon, ya wanna smoke some bamboo with us tooonight?" - a dark-skinned Jamaican student said to me during my first week of college 15 years ago. "Um, well, hmm, I'll, um, maybe, well, I promised my parents, um, well, hmm, smells good, well..." This time on Gonz's bargain train, I've got some Bohemian Bamboo "for ya mon". No, not the wacky-tobaccy kind, but a …

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Puros Indios by Rolando Reyes, Sr.

Posted , by Steve R
89

Rolando Reyes, Sr. is a living legend. I was fortunate enough to witness firsthand just how important this man is to the cigar industry at the 2004 RTDA in Las Vegas, as everyone there helped celebrate his birthday. It’s difficult to put into words the amount of respect that he receives within the industry, fellow cigar-makers went out of their way to shake his hand and made it a point to …

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