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Connoisseur’s Corner: Bolivar Coronas Extra

Bolivar Coronas Extra

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Davidoff No. 2 (1988)

This Cuban Davidoff retains much of what makes them among the most sought-after vintage cigars in the world. The pig-tailed No. 2 is an elegant corona, and its first puff offers up espresso notes with a light earthiness mellowed by the 30-plus years since it was made. The burn and draw are perfect. By midpoint, there is also a light spiciness that lingers on the finish. —Gordon Mott

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Partagás Lusitania Gran Reserva (2013)

This vintage-specific Lusitania is purported to contain tobacco from a 2007 harvest. The wrapper is a gorgeous, rosy-red shade of brown and the draw, perfect. Clear unmistakable notes of graham cracker introduce a bold core of leather, cedar and spice, which becomes quite prominent, taking on a sweet accompaniment of raspberry preserve. Elegant, refined and aging well. —Gregory Mottola

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Ramon Allones Specially Selected (2014)

This robusto-sized Ramon Allones has been aging in a cabinet of 50 for just over six years. In its youth, it had notes of espresso. Now, after aging, the cigars have taken on a new unctuous and buttery character, with a macadamia note and hints of cream. So pleasant, so rich and not overpowering. This is a cigar that will age well for many more years. —David Savona