December 6, 2022
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A typical tobacco grown in an atypical country. A Honduran brand celebrates 10 years. And a Dominican cigarmaker celebrates 75 years. This issue of Cigar Insider is full of ratings for new cigars with interesting back stories. Family-owned company Alec Bradley doubles up on Honduran broadleaf by putting the unusual tobacco both inside the cigar as binder and outside the cigar as wrapper. Called Double Broadleaf, the Honduran smoke shows the potential of broadleaf when grown outside the United States. We rate the entire line in a vertical brand tasting, as well as a vertical of the Oscar Valladares 10th Anniversary. Now that he’s been making cigars in Honduras for a decade, he released an entire brand to acknowledge the milestone. It’s a two-tone smoke with a bit of green candela at the foot of an otherwise very dark cigar. Speaking of milestones, Manuel “Manolo” Quesada turned 75 this year and gave himself the ultimate birthday gift—a unique cigar blend. See how it rates, along with a Lancero from Four Kicks and the newest from Plasencia Cigars.