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FONSECA SUN GROWN CEDAR NO. 4
Like filet mignon sprinkled with freshly cracked peppercorns, Fonseca’s Sun Grown Cedar delivers a refined yet sprightly flavor. As the cigar’s name implies, the Connecticut maduro wrapper is grown in full sunlight instead of under a cheesecloth shade, producing a richer taste and aroma. The commanding wrapper perfectly seasons the cigar’s smooth blend of Dominican, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Each cigar is packaged in a thin band of cedar. Our favorite size and shape is the 41¼4 x 50 No. 4 Petit Belicoso, an unusually tiny figurado that delivers one of the most satisfying 20-minute smokes we have ever experienced. ($89 for a box of 20) www.matasa.com

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