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    Cusano Cuvée Grand is the first of what Cusano (www.cusanocigars.com) expects to be a line of Cuvées, with a new size and perhaps a different blend appearing each year as the previous year’s version is discontinued. This year’s Cuvée is a graceful-looking 7 x 40 Lancero. The company will produce only 17,000 sticks. The Cuvée’s Ecuadoran wrapper sheathes a Mexican-grown Sumatran binder and filler tobaccos from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The leathery, well-aged wrapper mellows the spicy notes of the robust filler tobaccos to create the most complex blend of flavors yet from this brand. The cigars come in numbered boxes of 20, which are priced at $240 each.

    Cigar cutters from the Xikar Havana Collection (www.xikar.com) combine technical distinction with a delightful visual aesthetic, and no two are alike. Artisans paint the handles in one of five colors, overlay them with pieces of cigar bands, and then apply multiple coats of clear varnish. The stainless steel blades, in Xikar’s signature teardrop shape, deliver a precise, gentle cut. Each cutter costs $300 and comes with a stingray leather sheath.

    The spirit distinguishes itself by employing Japanese ingredients and techniques…
    Photo by Jeff Elkins
    The cigar combines an Ecuadoran wrapper with Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos…
    A special barrel of Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon stunned the wine world when it sold for $260,000...
    Only 250 cases of the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch will be released…
    Worldwide talents are leaving their marks at a Provençal winery.
    FREE PREVIEW: The Masseto 2011 Toscana is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best of the Best selections…
    FREE PREVIEW: The Mortlach 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky​ is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best...
    The special release contains a blend of Cognacs aged for up to 35 years…
    The 23-year-old scotch won a Best in Show award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition…
    Photo by Chelsea Curtis
    New York’s Club Macanudo played host to an evening of Martell Cognac and Cohiba cigars…