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SUMMER FIRE... (cont.)

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BAHIA BLU B500
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Bahia Cigars
Size:
5 x 50
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 Consistently good samples. This would be a nice end-of-the-weekend cigar. Seems Nicaraguan in style. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 A slow-burning, relaxing cigar, meant to be enjoyed at the end of the day with a glass of Canadian whiskey. MILDLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Three words: ugly, but tasty. I can usually read a cigar by its wrapper, but this one made a comeback. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 This would be a great go-to cigar for the right price; perfect to have with a heavy bock and a ballgame. RECOMMENDED

ZINO PLATINUM CROWN SERIES Barrel
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff
Size:
6 x 60
Filler:
DR/Peru
Binder:
Conn
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1 I had this one at a Sunday BBQ in the backyard after a rack of ribs. Parting with it was sweet sorrow. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 The smoking equivalent of lying in a hammock on a warm, breezy summer day. Pairs well with pale ale. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 A big, imposing cigar that calls out to be smoked. Light this puppy up when you’ve got time on your hands. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 A versatile smoke that paired well with a strong coffee, a Scotch, and a red wine (not all at the same time)! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

OLIVA CIGAR FAMILY "O" Orion
Country:
Nic
Manufacturer:
Oliva Cigar Co.
Size:
7 x 54
Filler:
Nic
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Conn
Panelist #1 I felt spoiled after finishing this.The extra-long torpedo size means it’s not a Cuban... but it’s pretty close! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 A perfect ending to a hectic day. This dependable, sturdy cigar would match up well with any stiff drink. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Some youthful bitterness intruded on this smoke’s pleasantries, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a freebie. MILDLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 Give a box at the holidays, make a friend for life! A dynamite cigar, one you’d have with a 20-year-old port. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

CARAVELAS Torpedo
Country:
Braz
Manufacturer:
Caravelas
Size:
6 1/2 x 50
Filler:
Braz
Binder:
Braz
Wrapper:
Braz
Panelist #1 I have a natural fondness for torpedos, but this one makes me want to try other sizes of this blend. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 I like the flavor despite the construction flaws. I’d say keep the blend and tighten the quality control. MILDLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 This one is perfect for a sunny day at the lake, fishing or just lounging around. I didn’t want to put it down. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 The only problem I had with this cigar was that, like a good book, it left me wanting more. Much more! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

MONTECRISTO Edmundo
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos SA
Size:
6 x 52
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 A big, complex, well-balanced cigar that never faltered. It’s well-suited to follow up a gourmet meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 Looks can be deceiving. This cigar was a marvelous surprise, and a great partner to a Highland malt. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Beginners and ladies may wish to avoid this one’s power; for a veteran puffer, this is a rare treat indeed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 I must discover what these are. The best in the tasting. Have this with your oldest cognac or port. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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TRINIDAD Robusto Extra
Country:
Cuba
Manufacturer:
Habanos SA
Size:
6 1/8 x 50
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Cuba
Wrapper:
Cuba
Panelist #1 A cigar that manages to be both powerful and elegant. Match it up with your best bourbon or Scotch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 A looser draw might have brought out more flavors. Worth a try if you like the the “butt-kicker” smoke. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 I smoked one of these on a leisurely drive in the country, and was transported to cigar smoker Nirvana. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 A seasoned cigar smoker will appreciate this one’s subtle power; a novice might be overwhelmed. RECOMMENDED

CIENFUEGOS Engine No. 6
Country:
Hon
Manufacturer:
Puros Indios Cigars
Size:
6 1/2 x 46
Filler:
DR
Binder:
Nic
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 A strong aroma makes this one an outdoor smoke, so fire up the grill. You’ll love it after burgers and dogs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 This will bring a smile to the experienced smoker and novice alike. Save yourself some time for this big boy. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Instructions for a perfect evening: this cigar, a generous snifter of vintage port, and a roaring fire. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 Consistently tasty and powerful. Finish your next filet mignon with this and your favorite whiskey. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

GRAN HABANO Blend No.3 Torpedo
Country:
Hon
Manufacturer:
STC Cigars
Size:
6 1/8 x 52
Filler:
CR/Mex/Nic
Binder:
Ecu
Wrapper:
Nic
Panelist #1 I would definitely buy myself a box of these. Here is a cigar suited to fine spirits and fine conversation. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 If you like ‘em strong, this cigar is for you. If mellow is more your style, it will likely kick your butt. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Pour yourself a glass of your favorite single malt and light this up. The aroma will fill up a room. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 I’d keep these in a humidor for a while to mellow them out, but I sense greatness in the blend. RECOMMENDED

THE GRIFFIN'S Special XX Edition
Country:
DR
Manufacturer:
Davidoff
Size:
5 1/4 x 52
Filler:
DR
Binder:
Mex
Wrapper:
Ecu
Panelist #1 A superstar. Pass these out after the barbecue and your guests won’t be leaving anytime soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #2 Even my wife was intrigued to take a few puffs of this pleasant robusto. This is also an age-worthy cigar. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Panelist #3 Decent and not overpowering. An espresso, a lounge chair, and this cigar makes for a perfect afternoon. RECOMMENDED
Panelist #4 I can’t wait to try more. The ideal cigar to light up alongside a dram of Dalmore and the sports page. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED



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