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  1. Jose Seijas is the master blender for Altadis, the world’s largest producer of cigars. For the Jose Seijas Signature Series 2000, he selected what he considers the best of the company’s countless...
  2. The Gurkha brand is named for the fearsome, faithful Nepalese soldiers who fought alongside the British in the days of the Raj. Considering its substantial construction quality and complex flavors,...
  3. Like fine wines, great cigars can be savored almost as much for their aroma as for their taste. The Graycliff Château Grand Cru reinforced this point with our panelists, many of whom expressed a...
  4. Smoking the Casa Fuente is as enjoyable as visiting the cigar’s namesake boutique and lounge, which the Fuente family opened a year ago at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The contents...
  5. Like a habanero pepper, the Camacho Coyolar Puro delivers an intense flavor that will overwhelm delicate palates. All of our panelists savored the experience of tasting the cigar, but some doubted...
  6. Mike Butera’s perfectionism is ap­parent in the handful of collectible pipes he carves each year. It also is evident in the premium cigars, Butera Vintage Select, that Altadis rolls for him, using...
  7. Few of the Cuban brands now being made in other countries possess their namesakes’ strength, but Bolivar, which was first rolled in 1901 in Havana, is one of the exceptions. General Cigar recently...
  8. Originally produced as an elixir of long life by Carthusian monks from a recipe they acquired in 1605, Chartreuse—named for its green hue—has survived revolutions, landslides, and tangles with the...
  9. Jörg Rupf, scion of a German family of master distillers, arrived in California in 1982 with a modest Holstein pot still. Now operating from a former naval aviation hangar near San Francisco, Rupf...
  10. After his defeat at Culloden in 1746, Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland—better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie—fled to the isle of Skye. There, he rewarded the MacKinnon clan for their...

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