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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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  • Escape Mediocrity - Explore Excursion

    Erick V
    94
    Summer is coming to a close. Maybe it’s a bit early to be thinking about, but it’s true. It’s a bummer, too, but it does mean one thing is right around the corner: the return of Sunday night games, and Fantasy Football. As I write this we’re one week away from the CI Office Draft, and if you look closely at anyone’s browser, you’ll probably see an ESPN tab …
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  • Diesel Heart of Darkness

    Steve R
    95
    Long overdue, but hashtag-ohsoworthit. Boss-man has been telling me to write a review for a year. It’s been on my back burner for equally as long. Then we received lovely news from the FDA about 88 days ago. Priorities changed, but boss-man has still been riding me. Over the past 88 days, we’ve worked like mad, creating new products with everybody under the sun. From AJ …
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  • Macanudo Inspirado Black

    Jason B
    90
    Macanudo is known for creating some of the best cigar blends on the market. High quality control, smooth flavors and mild blends are what this classic Cuban brand is best known for. It is one of the most asked for cigar manufacturers in our retail locations. When Macanudo becomes inspired to create something new and unique, it is something that just needs to be experienced for yourself. …
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