March 7, 2023
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A pair of dynamite Dominicans, two outstanding Nicaraguans and a 96-point knockout. Most readers will have to wait until March 21—when the March/April issue of Cigar Aficionado hits newsstands—to find out what they are, but you can get advanced access to the sky-high scores now in this preview edition of Cigar Insider. We also look at Olmec Maduro, the slightly darker, slightly stronger version of the Olmec brand from Foundation Cigar Co. Wrapped in Mexican San Andrés tobacco, the Nicaraguan cigars came out last summer. The Claro line performed particularly well in our blind, vertical brand tastings. Is the Maduro as good? Find out, along with a blind tasting of the Don Reynaldo 70th from Warped Cigars. It’s the second size to join the Don Reynaldo line and was released by brand owner Kyle Gellis to honor his father’s birthday. Made in Miami with a Dominican Corojo wrapper, the cigar is quite limited, as only 1,000 boxes were produced.