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Libation Review: Prairie Artisan Ales / Brewfist Spaghetti Western

Country: United states ( Oklahoma ) Distillery: Brewfist Bottler: Brewfist Distillation Date: Unknown Style: American Double / Imperial Stout Alcohol: 8.70 % ABV Price: Appeal: When it comes to appearances, the Brewfist isn’t going to win any competitions but being motor oil black is a solid way to be. Form a hearty pour the finger and a half of tan to light brown head sticks to the glass, there is a certain appearance of depth to the darkness. Flavor: The Spaghetti Western starts off with a dark and roasty malt…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: 1502 Emerald

1502 is a cigar brand under the umbrella of Nicaraguan based company Global Premium Cigars(GPC).  1502 and GPC is owned by Enrique Sanchez who is proud of his Nicaraguan heritage, hence 1502, the year Columbus discovered Nicaragua.  1502 currently has 4 lines, the Emerald, Ruby, Black Gold, and 1502 Nicaragua.  These cigars get their names from the finest of goods that were traded and considered items of high value, and still are today. Each line is distinctly different and brings a uniquely enjoyable experience.  1502 also has two brick and…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Illusione Fume D’Amour

Fume D’Amour, “Smoke of Love,” is the latest release from Dion Giolito and Illusione Cigars.  This line was released at the 2014 IPCPR as a new core line to the brand.  The cigar is made at the TABSA factory of Casa Fernandez fame.  This is a change for Illusione which were formerly produced in Honduras.  This cigar has been produced using only viso and seco leafs, a lower priming on the tobacco plant, and no ligero at all.  This cigar is supposed to bring enough balance of strength while still…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Epoca

In 2014 Nat Sherman continued with it’s recent reputation for releasing quality cigars with the Epoca. The Epoca is a re-release of the original line from Nat Sherman. The Epoca was initial brought out around 1930 by the New York City cigar company. The original Epoca also featured Cuban tobacco, obviously the “new” Epoca does not. Like most recent Nat Sherman releases, the Epoca is manufactured by the Quesada Family in the Dominican Republic. The original Epoca featured a Clear Havana wrapper, today the modern version is an Ecuadorian Connecticut….

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News 

Cigar Bandits – The Great Change

**I started with the intentions of writing a very bland – to the point, informational Press release but somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd revision, it took on a life of its own. Written with honesty, love and a hell of a lot cheaper than a therapy session – I hope you enjoy. — The whole thing started as a joke – without true intent – a passing comment between myself and a good friend during one of many discussions on business and life. How strange it is to have…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

In 2012 Oliva released the Serie V Melanio, named to honor Oliva family patriarch Melanio Oliva.  The Melanio was released under the Serie V line was but was a blend of its own.  Recently the Melanio was named as the number one cigar of 2014 by one of the large cigar publication so I decided to see for myself and report my findings.  First, I want to say that I don’t agree with cigars that came out in another year being listed on a list for top items of one…

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