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Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Celebratory Smokes

Partagás Aniversario To commemorate the 170th anniversary of its Partagás brand, General Cigar has created the Aniversario cigar, which incorporates ligero and viso tobacco leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua (including a proprietary Nicaraguan Gurdian leaf) and a Connecticut Habano binder. The crowning glory is a 5-year-old Cameroon wrapper, which imparts a sophisticated spice. […]

Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Muscle Cigars

Camacho American Barrel-Aged  Camacho has put a U.S. spin on the old Cuban cigar-making technique of maturing tobacco in rum barrels. The company has aged 6-year-old Honduran Corojo filler leaves in Kentucky bourbon barrels. After five months of maturation, those leaves were combined with Connecticut and Pennsylvania broadleaf maduro tobaccos and paired with a Connecticut […]

Holiday Lights

Much like the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the market for top-quality cigars this holiday season is defined by three themes: the past, the present, and the future. Through the handiwork of such brands as Avo, Arturo Fuente, L’Atelier, and Cubano Limitado, smokers are once again enjoying thin and elegant lanceros, a classic cigar […]

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