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CAO Maduro L’Anniversaire

I’m pretty much in accord with Matt’s assessment of the CAO Maduro. My topping the cigar with a large fishing knife and yet still coming very close to a clean cut is a testament to the built quality. The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper was gorgeous and the burn was incredibly even. A good all round smoke and one…

Cigar packaging idiocy

City Cigar reports (with source document) on the Canadian Government’s white paper “Potential measures for regulating the appearance, shape and size of tobacco packages and of tobacco products.” (Can you imagine a box of Behike 52s in plain wrapping? — it’s absolute fucking nonsense). While I’m no fan of ubiquitous marketing and branding tripe, these proposed…

Hamlet Jaime Paredes: Master Cigar Roller

I was wondering if I’d missed Hamlet Jaime Paredes’ biennial summer visit to my cigar shop, “a former Habanos S.A. a star roller for Habanos S.A, who became famous among Cuban cigar smokers through his in-store rolling demonstrations and Cuban tobacco seminars held at tobacco shops”. I’ve had the privilege of watching him in action three…

Behike 52

I’m still convinced after two years that this remains the finest (matured) cigar I have ever tried (Wikipedia). I couldn’t get it for “love nor money” at Heathrow but fortunately I have my sources (and they don’t gouge me). There are other very good brands (not necessarily Cuban) but the workmanship on these is THE benchmark.…