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Analysis: The Scores of 2019

Taking a closer look at an entire year's worth of cigar reviews
By David Clough | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
Analysis: The Scores of 2019
In cigar shops all across America, men and women are faced with a problem. They stare at the shelves in walk-in humidors and glass display cases with furrowed brows, puzzled expressions on their faces. They can’t decide what to smoke. We’ve all been there. Faced with walls of brightly colored boxes from around the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with choices. And nobody wants to make the wrong choice. Smoking a bad cigar is not only a waste of precious time—it’s a waste of hard-earned money. That’s where we come in. Last year, between Cigar Aficionado magazine and the newsletter Cigar Insider , we reviewed 648 cigars in blind taste tests. (Curious about …
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