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  • FB-554

    Jason B
    89
    Ligero is a type of tobacco leaf found near the top of a tobacco plant. Slower to mature then the Viso, Seco, and Volado. Ligero leaves are usually characterized by their coarse texture. These leaves are selected to give a cigar a spicy taste and a heavy, full bodied smoke. Different varieties of tobacco, different climates, and different soils all affect the flavor and strength of a cigar, …
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  • CAO...at it again.

    Jeff K
    92
    More and more today, new cigar releases seem to be hyping up some sort of gimmick or “uniqueness” factor. Some work, some don’t, and it’s nice to see the industry moving forward in different ways. But most nights, when I’m looking for a cigar to unwind with after a long day, I don’t want something flashy. I want something simple and elegant. Enter CAO Pilon, …
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  • This one handles beautifully...

    Jeff K
    91
    Bugatti accessories have been around the cigar world for a while now, and they’ve always been solid performers. When I heard that they were going into cigar manufacturing, I must admit, I had some doubts. When you’re good at what you do, I want to see you do that, not something else. No one’s lining up to watch Jordan Spieth play football (although, after the recent Masters, …
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  • A little trip to Nicaragua

    Jason B
    93
    One of the fantastic advantages to being employed by Cigars International is the yearly training trip to Esteli, Nicaragua. This training experience happens once a year for a select few employees to learn more about the entire process of cigar manufacturing, from seed and soil to the moment where you light a cigar up and start enjoying it. The employees visit multiple manufacturers and witness …
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  • The best you've never had.

    Jeff K
    93
    If you haven’t met him, Ernesto Carrillo is one of our industry’s biggest assets. Hardworking and innovative, Ernesto is a true tobacco man whose cigar and blending knowledge ranks easily side by side with anyone who’s every walked this planet. Additionally, he’s a genuinely great guy who’s building his eponymous family business and brand alongside his son and …
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