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Cigar Review: La Barba ‘Purple’ Lancero

Behind The Stick: The La Barba ‘Purple’ comes to the market as a second release from Tony Bellatto and Craig Rossi of La Barba Cigars, although word has it that a few ‘behind the scenes’ guys by the names of Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Co. and William Venturas son, Henderson, ended up adding a little something to the blend to really make this cigar what it is today. Manufactured at the Tabacalaera William Venture in the Dominican Republic, it was not surprising to hear this collaborative masterpiece has been…

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Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero

The Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada is the sixth vitola and the first Limited Edition released from the Herrera Esteli line by Drew Estate. Herrera Esteli was Willy Herrera’s debut cigar and is a fantastic addition to Drew Estate’s lineup; adding a “Cubanesque” flavor profile to their portfolio. 2,000 boxes of 15 cigars were released, making the total production of the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero 30,000 cigars. Year of Production: 2014 Vitola: Lancero (7×38) Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Honduran Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa) Appearance: The Herrera Esteli Lancero…

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Cigar Review: LAT SS .38 Special by L’Atelier

Last year L’Atelier Imports released the Selection Speciale, this cigar is based on the L’Atelier core line but features a higher priming of the Sancti Spiritus wrapper giving a slightly darker appearance. L’Atelier Imports cigars are blended by Pete Johnson and are made at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. L’Atelier is a company run by Pete and his brother KC as well as a close group of friends. The Selection Speciale was introduced at IPCPR in 2013 in the LAT 46 vitola of 5 5/8×46. Earlier this year a…

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Cigar Review : George A. Rico – Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu Habano Lancero

Size: 7 1/2 x 40 ( Lancero ) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: $9.00 Behind The Stick: George A. Rico has consistently been making quite the name for himself over the past few years – even though he is the son of Gran Habano founder Guillermo Rico, he has been pushing his own name, brands and image instead of using his dads success as a crutch. With such popular blends within the G.A.R. line – he has become synonymous with complex yet full…

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Cigar Review : Tatutaje Black Label Petite Lancero

Cigar Review : Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero Size: 7 1/2 x 38 ( Lancero ) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun grown Criollo Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: $8.50 USD each Behind The Stick: There are certain cigar brands out there that are just a bit more popular than others. Sometimes it is due to an excellently performing cigar but more often then not, it is a combination of that great cigar along with the ‘image’, the exclusivity and brand ‘essence’ that pulls people in. Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars…

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