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Ten of the Best Cigars in the Cigar Journal Winter Edition 2016

Hoyo La Amistad, Macanudo Estate Reserve 2015, Oliva Serie V, San Cristóbal (Paradiso) Quintessence, Vegueros, A.J. Fernandez New World Connecticut, Aging Room Pelo de Oro, Balmoral Añejo XO, CLE Chele and Doña Nieves Sentimiento were among the best reviewed and rated cigars in the Cigar Journal Winter Edition 2016.

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From the Magazine

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How Many Leaves Go Into Making One Cigar?

The answer isn’t as straight-forward as you might think. Of course, it’s obvious that the amount of tobacco used will vary considerably from Vitola to Vitola, and that it will also be influenced by the density of the roll. It can be said that the wrapper and the binder each use one half of a tobacco leaf.

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Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

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Cigar Trivia: Wrapper Colors

Cigars not only come in different forms. As well, the color spectrum of the wrapper is impressively extensive, and each one is the result of several different factors and processes that also influence how a cigar tastes.

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Fact Check: What’s The Fuss About Cigar Wrappers All About?

Wrappers should have allure and charm. Moderate veining, even coloring, a discreet sheen, and absence of defects are essential attributes. Combustibility, texture and elasticity are less visible but even more vital. Beyond the traditional aspects, the wrapper’s aromatic influence is heavily debated.

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