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Reviews by Steve R

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Graycliff 'G2'

Posted , by Steve R
90

Finding a mild-bodied cigar with substance can be tough. Tougher still is finding a mild-bodied handmade with enough gusto to rival the likes of Ashton and Davidoff, without the hefty price tag. Well, one has arrived from the most unlikely of sources: Graycliff. First some info on Graycliff. This Bahamas-based factory is tiny, housing a mere dozen Cuban-born rollers that – …

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Cuba Libre

Posted , by Steve R
89

Rarely do I have a chance to sit down and truly enjoy a cigar. As a member of the CI Merch Squad, I am constantly testing samples for potential blends, writing descriptions for new brands, or providing feedback for upcoming new releases. Yes, I enjoy many of these cigars and some are true gems, but having the freedom to dig deep into my humidor to find something I’ve been craving is rare …

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La Estrella Cubana

Posted , by Steve R
91

When I think of a maduro cigar, I imagine dark, rich flavors. I’m talking rich flavors....flavors that coat the palate with notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and rich well-fermented tobacco. Flavors that linger on the palate and leave behind that velvety feel on the taste buds. Flavors that stick with you - in a good way - and urge you to draw in big, thick clouds of smoke with each …

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Diesel

Posted , by Steve R
93

The weather is changing and I love it. The days have been hitting mid to high 70s, allowing ample time for work - which warrants a cold reward (read: beer) in the end, while daylight still allows enough time for a nice cigar. Lately, I’ve been hooked on one full-bodied combination: a big 22oz bottle of Stone Russian Imperial Stout paired with the new, Nicaraguan-made Diesel. Believe me …

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Perdomo Patriarch Maduro

Posted , by Steve R
89

I have in my hand a Perdomo Patriarch Epicure Maduro and let me tell you, this cigar looks like a hundred bucks. The wrapper is dark and silky, with a consistent dark brown hue, nice oils, and minimal veins. The cigar is heavy in the hand and solid from head to toe....which should come as no surprise – all Perdomos are dense and jam-packed with tobaccos. The pre-light flavor is both …

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