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1888, Fuerte-style.Industry legends at Villiger are diving into the handmade section of the biz head-first. After the warm reception of Villiger 1888, they have tweaked the blend ever-so-slightly to deliver a mellow to medium-bodied treat that has flavor in droves, spot-on construction, and a balance that would give Philippe Petit a run for his money.Dubbed Villiger 1888 Fuerte, this release substitutes in a delicate San Andres wrapper for the original’s Ecuadorian Connecticut. Beneath the sheets you’ll find a rare, Cuban-seed Peruvian Habano binder hugging long-filler ligeros from the Dominican and Nicaragua. Slight floral notes are at play, with refined hints of coffee, oak, and earth that round-out the finish. A sure-bet winner, it’s about time you give this hidden gem a go.