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Staff Reviews for June 2005

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    Onyx Reserve

    Posted , by Steve R
    87

    Not too long ago, the Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso blew up the cigar scene with an astonishing ‘94’ rating from Cigar Aficionado. It quickly became all the rave, causing backorders lasting too many months to count. Never before have I seen such demand on a cigar, so naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about. I remember my first Mini Belicoso like it was yesterday. I was still ....

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    Gurkha Castle Hall

    Posted , by Steve R
    90

    A very special cigar hit our docks the other day. It is called Gurkha Castle Hall. Once an old Cuban brand that rivaled the legendary cigars of yesterday, Castle Hall has been re-mastered in grand fashion by Kaizad Hansotia. The blend contains a nice helping of Cuban-seed, long-leaf tobaccos grown in Nicaragua and Honduras. These tobaccos are secured by a genuine Cameroon binder. The select ....

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    La Aurora

    Posted , by Steve R
    92

    La Aurora, a.k.a. The Fuente Killer. Why do I call it this? Because every time a customer asks for something comparable to Fuente, I introduce them to La Aurora - in my mind, the best brand to ever come out of the Dominican. Think about it: they’re both mild to medium-bodied premiums made in the Dominican using the finest selection of long-leaf tobaccos and Cameroon wrappers. Apples to ....

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