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La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: MEDIUM+ | TASTING NOTES: NUTTY, WOODY, HINTS OF FIG & PLUM | For those of you who were avid cigar smokers in the early 1900’s, the La Imperiosa brand may seem familiar. La Imperiosa, which translates to “The Imperative,” was a Cuban cigar brand popular in the early 1900’s but discontinued likely in 1962 when Cubatabaco took control of the Cuban Cigar Industry and got rid of thousands of Cuban Cigar brands which were registered between 1810 when the registration of Cuban Cigar brands began…

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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Behind The Stick: The December 8th press release reads: December 8, 2011 — The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America. The first of the…

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Cigar Review: Protocol Probable Cause Lancero

| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend…

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Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias

“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no…

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Cigar Review: Headley Grange by Crowned Heads

Following the huge success of Crowned Heads first addition to the cigar world – Four Kicks – which like many of their cigars, has a clear reference to music – this one in specific a song by the band Kings of Leon, the company has continued with branding, design and focus all their own. Being a group with close ties to the music industry and living in Nashville, incorporating the music industry into their cigars fit right in line with who they are.

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Undercrown Sun Grown

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really…

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