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  These are truly "flavors of the terroir", the soil, the climate and the environment. Earth and leather are deeper flavors that make up the base or background flavor of these cigars. And while outside the realm of cigars, you may never want to actually taste earth, compost, barnyard or leather, with tobacco it is a set of flavors and aromas that adds depth and complexity to a good smoke.  Click on the boxes below for detailed information about these cigars.  



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  Ashton vsg torpedo




Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve




Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Corona Gordo


The careful selection of mid and upper priming tobaccos were hand picked to create the rich and balanced SCR line. Alec Bradley's Select Cabinet Reserve delivers smooth bold flavors derived from the fertile soils of family run farms in Honduras and Nicaragua. This limited yield, dark caramel colored wrapper, adorns a skillful selection of premium leaves from the valleys of Central America, creating a perfect union of balance and flavor.
    For those who desire a powerful and intoxicating flavor with a complex rich finish, look no further than the Ashton VSG. The distinct flavor of VSG comes from its wrapper grown on a private estate in Ecuador owned by the Oliva family where this proprietary wrapper leaf is grown for the Fuente Family exclusively for Ashton VSG. The leaf is taken from the higher primings and matures slowly by sunlight filtered through the region's natural cloud covering. The result is the rich intoxicating wrapper which has made the Ashton VSG the most in demand cigar on the market today.

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Cain Habano




Camacho Select 10th Anniversary Robusto

  The Cain Habano series will surprise you with unexpected smoothness. Filled with triple fermented ligero and complemented by a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, this cigar delivers a complex smoking experience unlike any other.      

Commemorating 10 years of growing authentic Corojo Seed tobacco, Camacho's Christian Eiroa brings you this smooth and creamy cigar.


With a medium to full bodied blend of all Corojo seed filler, binder and wrapper tobaccos, these cigars produce rich, complex flavors of leather, nuts and coffee. Add spicy notes of pepper on the finish and you have a truly classic Camacho cigar.

  CAO Brazilia Lambada Box

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CAO Brazilia Lambada




Carlos Torano Exodus 1959

  Filled with rich, smooth Nicaraguan tobacco, wrapped in divine dark brown Brazilian leaves, the Brazilia is the result of an arduous and victorious search, by CAO for the finest Brazilian wrapper tobacco. And it is a full-bodied masterpiece, rich with earth, coffee, nuts, and cream.   CAO Lx2 (Ligero Times Two) is the third and final installment to the CAO "x2" trilogy.  CAO Lx2 features a sungrown Nicaraguan wrapper, Honduran binder, and three different ligero fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

 CAO Lx2 boasts a bold, muscular structure but also shows flavors of bittersweet chocolate, paprika, and woody tobacco notes that fan out superbly on the palate.

  This cigar commemorates the Exodus of expert Cuban cigar families and their impact on the cigar industry after the nationalization of all tobacco farms and cigar factories by the Cuban government in 1959. The Toranos were one of those families.

 The cigar is a box pressed beauty that is silky, oily and very attractive.  Burn and draw is spot on, with flavors of leather, earth, nuts and cedar. Consistently top rated.

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Casa Magna Colorado Robusto


Defiance by Xikar, The Guardian


Diamond Crown Maximus

   The Casa Magna line of cigars is the creation of two of the greatest minds in the cigar industry. Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia have created this cigar and the Robusto even got Cigar of the Year for 2008 from Cigar Aficionado. This Nicaraguan puro is a medium-full bodied joy to smoke. The oily Colorado wrapper finishes off the Nicaraguan binder and filler exquisitely. Hints of cocoa, coffee, and sweet cedar are presented by this very smooth smoke.   The Defiance cigar series was created by Xikar to help promote cigar smoking. Part of the proceeds from Defiance cigars goes towards local agencies enabling them to fight smoking bans.

This years Defiance cigar is made by J Fuego who is making other great cigars as well.
While the cause is worth giving them a shot, the cigars are terrific.

  From its especially rich El Bajo Sungrown wrapper harvested on the Oliva family`s Ecuador plantation, to its superb Fuente-style craftsmanship, to its highly unique packaging and presentation, there has never been a cigar like Diamond Crown Maximus...ever! Despite its rich, dark Ecuador wrapper, Diamond Crown Maximus is not a maduro cigar. The richest, hardiest and darkest tobacco that Carlos selects for Maximus comes from the top corona priming of the plant - and its availability is extremely limited.  
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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Generoso


Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1979 Robusto


El Rico Habano Classic

  Made in the old Cuban fashion in Miami, Florida. Don Pepin was Cuba`s most respected rollers when he fled the country. Don Pepin has set up shop with some of the finest rollers around. Try some of these full bodied cigars and you will swear they are straight from the Island.   Don Pepin cigars are made in the Cuban style and finished with a triple cap. Each cigar is blended with Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long filler tobaccos seamlessly rolled in Nicaraguan Corojo wrappers, giving them a bold, balanced smooth sweet flavor and aroma.   In 1970, Cigar Master Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Sr. created El Rico Habano, the first line of cigars rolled at his factory in Miami`s Little Havana section. The reaction to this full-bodied smoke was terrific, and El Rico Habano became a sought-after selection among seasoned smokers. Although a tobacco shortage in 1994 forced El Rico Habano to cease production, it was re-introduced by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. in 2001 upon the return of Nicaragua's superb tobacco crop. Today, `The Rich One` is back in its original full-bodied taste and strength.   



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  opusx box




Drew Estate Liga Privada #9 Pabejo Oscuro


Drew Estate Liga Privada T52


Fuente Fuente OpusX


Originally created for the smoking pleasure of Drew Estate company president Steve Saka. Exquisitely blended from seven different aged tobaccos from seven different farms, it is handcrafted by the factory's absolute best torcedors. Each cigar is guaranteed to be flawless in construction, flavor and character. Rich, complex and full bodied without being harsh, this liga is best described in one word: satisfying.
Released in 2009, the Liga Privada T52 is the highly anticipated sequel to the Liga Privada #9 by Drew Estate.  Employing a unique sungrown Habano wrapper that has been stalk cut and hand fermented, this beauty also incorporates seven varieties of tobacco in the filler. Dark and glistening with oils, the T52 is complex and full flavored with notes of coffee, cocoa, leather, spices and black pepper. A must try for anyone.   Legendary Fuente Fuente OpusX is consistently named the world's most sought-after cigar brand by Cigar Aficionado and is the culmination of the Fuente family's 100-year tradition of cigar-making excellence.

 The secret of Fuente Fuente OpusX is the cigar's exquisite, silken Rosado wrapper leaves that are grown of the Fuente family's renowned organic tobacco plantation, Chateau de le Fuente, which is located in a remote, tropical river valley in the Dominican Republic.

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H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon


Illusione 2


Illusione cg:4

   The name recalls distinguished quality and the finest flavor of old Havana premium cigars.

For more than a century and a half, H.Upmann has come readily to the lips of cigar connoisseurs. Today, the legend lives on in the rich, smooth satisfaction of handmade cigars that are unmistakably H. Upmann.

It`s what the legend is made of, known all over as the smoking pleasure that is uniquely H. Upmann.

  The concept behind Illusione Cigars was to re-create a specific taste profile from years past.  All Illusione cigars are made from first generation Corojo 99, Criollo 98 seeds, wrapped with a grade one Café Colorado wrapper, and finished with a traditional triple cap in the premier Raices Cubanas factory. Illusione cigars deliver a taste and a quality of smoke rarely found in today`s market. All of Illusione cigars are made in small-batch quantities to maintain quality and consistency.   The concept behind Illusione Cigars was to re-create a specific taste profile from years past.  All Illusione cigars are made from first generation Corojo 99, Criollo 98 seeds, wrapped with a grade one Café Colorado wrapper, and finished with a traditional triple cap in the premier Raices Cubanas factory. Illusione cigars deliver a taste and a quality of smoke rarely found in today`s market. All of Illusione cigars are made in small-batch quantities to maintain quality and consistency.  
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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No. 5


La Aurora 100 Anos


La Aurora 1495

  A wonderful new cigar manufactured in Nicaragua by Jose "Pepin" Garcia. Beautiful, seamless, pumpkin-colored wrappers embrace an enchanting Cubanesque blend of rich, well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. These wrappers are cultivated in Ecuador under direct sunlight from Cuban seeds. The flavors are medium to full bodied, rich and zesty.  Hearty notes of earth and cedar are accompanied by lighter notes of leather and cinnamon.   Aurora 100 Anos Limited Edition Cigars. These special cigars, commemorating

Aurora`s 100th Anniversary in the cigar making business have been created using their outstanding and very rare Corojo tobacco. Each box of Aurora 100th Anniversario Anos cigars is individually numbered as well as each one of the cigars themselves. Cuban flavor. 

  The 1495 line of cigars was created to celebrate the founding of the city of La Aurora's birth, Santiago de los Caballeros. Combining five types of leaf from four different countries achieves a complexity that few other cigars achieve. The 1495 utilizes an Ecuadorian Sumatra sun-grown wrapper, and Dominican corojo binder. A blend of Dominican piloto cubano and Nicaraguan and Peruvian ligero leaves makes up the filler. Each leaf brings its own set of flavors to this table, and these aremasterfully blended in this cigar.  
  LDF ligero   padron 1964 box   padron 4000 box  

La Flor Dominicana Ligero Robusto


Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro


Padron 4000 Maduro

  These cigars are the latest from Litto Gomez and La Flor Dominicana.

They are named for the strain of leaf called "ligero," which is a strong and peppery type of tobacco coming from the top leaves. As you might imagine from the name, La Flor Dominicana’s Ligero series is a strong, spicy and full-bodied smoke. This is one of three different styles within the La Flor Dominicana Ligero brand.

  The Padron 1964 Anniversary is a Nicaraguan puro, like all Padron cigars.  The sun grown tobaccos are aged for four years before they are selected for the Anniversary blend. 

 It is square pressed and comes double banded with a serial number to guarantee authenticity.  The flavorful blend exhibits a woody base with complex coffee and dark chocolate notes. 

  From the Padron Classic or traditional line, this cigar is manufactured entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco and is boxed pressed. The cigars are rolled in Nicaragua and Honduras. All Padron cigars have a distinct, terrific smell that sets them apart from most other smokes.  
  Partagasno8maduro box
      partagas black box

Partagas No. 8 Maduro




Partagas Black Label Maximo

  The secret of today’s rich Partagas cigars lies in their wrapper leaves. Grown in Cameroon, the Central West African country where the steaming, sub-tropical climate unique to the fourth parallel is ideal for growing superb wrapper leaves, the Cameroon wrapper has no equal for rich flavor.  The result is the richest of cigars with a deeply mellow taste.  


  Partagas Black Label cigars were created by Daniel Nunez for smokers who enjoy a rich full-bodied cigar with a larger ring gauge. Since its Cuban seed leaves remain in the fertile fields of the Connecticut River Valley 50% longer than most harvested leaves, the Medio Tiempo ("half time") wrapper is richer, heavier, and darker, boasting a flavorful, woody taste. The Dominican sun-grown La Vega Especial binder, blended with Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto Cubano Ligero filler leaves, enhances the cigar's big bold taste.   
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Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro


San Cristobal Fabuloso


Tatuaje Havana VI

  The Olde World Reserve Maduro is a full-bodied smoking experience that combines the smooth complexity of the Vintage series with the earthy strength of The Edge. Highly rated and recognized by many publications, the OWR is Rocky Patel's most luxurious cigar.   San Cristobal features an oily dark Nicaraguan wrapper. The filler and binder are also Nicaraguan which gives the cigar a great full flavor and nice balance. While it is Full Bodied, it is not overpowering. Each cigar is finished with an impeccable Cuban style triple cap.    Another creation from Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia, the Angeles is a Nicaraguan puro with a silky Corojo 99 wrapper produced in Pepin's Tabaclera Cubana factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

  This gorgeous little corona with a dark red wrapper is a black cherry bomb loaded with spice and leather flavors. A strong complex cigar with a long finish that earns it high rankings.


* See each specific malt and cigar tasting note page for individual pairing recommendations.  Flavor bars on each page serve as a quick visual key to tasting.