August 6, 2019
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A Cuban cigar that’s supposed to be simple and rustic ended up as the most complex smoke of the entire issue—and the highest scoring too. The Vegueros brand has always been marketed as a farmer-style cigar and priced significantly lower than other Cuban brands, but the new Centrofinos scored 92 points for its surprising sophistication. Also, complete vertical brand tastings of three new cigar lines: La Aurora’s 1985 Maduro brand is a tribute to the first time the Dominican producer made a cigar with Brazilian wrapper; Altadis lets Plasencia Cigars make another Montecristo; and after 20 years for sale in Europe, the Villiger La Meridiana finally comes to the U.S. Read an exclusive interview with Eduardo Fernández, one of the biggest tobacco growers in Nicaragua, as well as the general happenings in the cigar industry.