September 14, 2021
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There are some stunning scores to be found in the October issue of Cigar Aficionado, which doesn’t go on newsstands until September 28, but you get a preview of the top performers in this edition of Cigar Insider. While an Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua and San Cristobal Quintessence were quite impressive, nothing astounded us as much as an Oliva Serie V Melanio. That particular Nicaraguan marvel is the right combination of pronounced flavor, power and complexity. Peruse the top scores along with a vertical brand tasting of the Dominican La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo, the newest La Gloria that claims to contain medio tiempo tobacco, a most coveted leaf with a reputation for rarity and strength. Plus, new sizes from HVC and Nat Cicco, a brand once known for factory rejects and budget smokes that now plays in the premium arena.