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Staff Reviews

  • A True Classic

    Joey J.
    92
    I think Drew Estate’s Undercrown is the cigar I’ve burnt the most of, in my life. Seriously. I’d guess that over the last five years or so I’ve gone through maybe… six boxes of these in total. That’s across almost every size – I’ve gone from Gran Toro, to the Gordito, to the Corona Viva, to the Corona Doble, and back to the Gran Toro over the years. Now six boxes might not seem like a lot for …
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  • Red is the New Joya

    Jeff K
    90
    As a self-appointed ambassador of all things cigars, I spend a lot of time thinking about branding. And if there’s one thing that makes me nervous it’s the words “rebranding” and “new directions.” Normally well-intentioned, many “rebranding” campaigns unfortunately end up as big failures (New Coke, anyone?). So you can understand my initial hesitance around Joya Red. A classic Nicaraguan brand …
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  • Uncut. Uncompromising.

    Greeby
    91
    Unlike some of the guys around here, I don’t have a cigar lit at all times of the day. A few of the clowns around here burn ‘em like they’re going out of style. But when I light up a cigar, I want to make sure I’ve got the time to savor and enjoy it. Plus, my personal preference is for full-bodied, powerhouse sticks. And they taste so much better when the sun’s down, and there’s a beer in my …
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  • Putting Quintessence Through the Ringer

    Joey J.
    94
    Quintessence. A quick Google search tells me this SAT word means, “the most perfect or typical example of quality or class.” Sounds a bit hoity-toity, no? It’s fair to think so — San Cristobal has certainly built themselves up as a boutique brand, a bit of a connoisseur’s favorite. Today, we’re going to take a look at the newest release from San Cristobal, …
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  • Try Post-Embargo Post-Haste

    Joey J.
    92
    Where do you start reviewing cigars? With an old classic, with something edgy and new? With grape flavored cigarillos? Well, probably not that last option. Picking a blend to review was a tough choice, but ultimately it came down to one simple answer. Review something that we haven’t reviewed before. And in all of our staff reviews, I could only find a few Alec Bradley blends. …
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