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Connoisseur's Corner: Two 100-Point Dunhills


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Dunhill Estupendo (1983)

Perfection is hard to describe until you hold it in your hand. This cigar was perfect. Perfect oily wrapper. Perfect burn and draw. And, a depth of flavors that belied its 29 years of age. Those flavors ranged from a dark cocoa powder note to leather and an unbelievably long finish with just the hint of light cedar. From a previously unopened box. —Gordon Mott

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H. Upmann Dunhill Selección Suprema no. 222 (1958)

This pre-Castro cigar, known as the Flying Pig, proves that 50-year-old plus cigars can be incredibly great smokes. This cigar was pure, with a smooth easy draw, and a delicious texture that includes nutmeg notes on the palate. One of the greatest cigars I have ever smoked; even better than a previous one. —Marvin R. Shanken

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Don Candido Selección No. 500 (1972)

This picture-perfect, silky cigar came from a chest of 100 originally stored in London’s Dunhill keep. It has all the bright, lively character of a much younger cigar, full of chestnut and hickory flavors that take on a smoky sweetness with touches of molasses and nougat. —Gregory Mottola

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Flor de Cano Diademas (1991)

A classic Cuban Churchill size. It has a dark wrapper with a smooth draw, and it smokes perfectly. There is a rich mix of sweet spicy flavors, including cinnamon and nutmeg. —Marvin R. Shanken

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Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No. 1 (1992)

This cigar comes on with a perfect draw. There are strong hints of nuts, almost peanut like, and it has nutmeg flavor on the finish. It is still a bit earthy, but a touch of dryness holds it back. —Marvin R. Shanken

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Topper Hand Made Robusto (1994)

In the height of the cigar boom, Topper ordered a short-filler cigar but received this high-end premium by mistake. It was a one-time creation, and the one-off has aged well, showing an intense almond quality with a delightfully creamy texture to the smoke. It develops hints of cocoa later on. A fine example of a well-aged, medium-bodied cigar. —David Savona


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