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I am a part time journalist and a full time cigar and pipe tobacco reviewer. If you enjoy "the leaf," Why not join us over at Cigarweekly.com. I personally have 30ish years of knowledge to share and I consider myself one of the lesser experts.

Gary Sinise Launches Mental Health Network For Veterans, First Responders

Source: Forbes

On Tuesday, actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise launched The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network.

The new nationwide network will provide care to veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Avalon will establish 20 treatment sites around the country to serve thousands of veterans, first responders, and their families.

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DC Cigars Cameroon Toro

This is a very good looking cigar construction wise, with the DC braided ring. The wrapper is a true Cameroon with a touch of green in the wrapper. It is pig-tailed with a shaggy foot. The draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a cold Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

The initial flavor notes are sweet and grassy, with a grassy retrohale. There are no hints of paper that I usually experience with Ecuadoran grown Cameroon seed wrappers. The Ale tones down the sweetness a bit making for a nice pairing.

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Dissident Rant Robusto

This cigar has a toothy dark wrapper that has a couple of minor flaws, but overall looks appealing. Some sweet cocoa notes from the foot. A very clean vcut reveals a smooth draw with some sweetness in the tobacco flavor. Today’s beverage is a cold Shiner Candied Pecan Porter.

The initial draws are strong tobacco with lurking cocoa notes. The retrohale is smooth. The beer is subtly sweet, but overall a good Porter that matches the cigar well.

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Southern Draw Cigars celebrates the origins of tobacco, adds the “little apple”.

DECEMBER 19, 2020 – Happy Anniversary Sharon.

Austin, TX — The Southern Draw Cigars family have commissioned the AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. to produce our contemporary blend cigar, a humble effort to share the legacy of Traditional Tobacco, that is tobacco and other plant mixtures used by Native Americans for the same reasons as our family, for sacred rituals, ceremony, healing and giving thanks. FUN FACT: Research shows that Native Americans were smoking tobacco more than 1,000 years before Europeans arrived with their own domesticated variety, possibly dating back to 2500 BC.

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Southern Draw – Honoring Veterans and our decades-long military service in Augusta, Georgia

Austin, Texas – Southern Draw Cigars, the growing hand-made premium cigar brand, debuts a brand campaign featuring a new logo and product offering known as the Firethorn – Augusta. As a U.S. Veteran family-owned and operated business, the new Firethorn logo represents the decades long service history of Southern Draw’s U.S. Veterans and the company has again partnered with Arizona-based JMG Graphic Works on the brand evolution.

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Southern Draw adds two more “rungs” to the Jacobs Ladder Brimstone

Southern Draw Cigars, makers of the award-winning Jacobs Ladder and Brimstone blends of cigars, have released two new “Brimstone” expressions, as part of their Fall Release Collection. Using a toothy USA grown Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro wrapper and binder and select Nicaraguan ligero tobaccos, best known for their unique bold flavor profile, soft sorghum molasses like sweetness, hints of cracked black pepper, dark chocolate, and ripe fruits the all-natural flavors have been developed through a multi-stage fermentation and aging process.

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NEW Fraternal Order – debuts at Cigars International – Virtual CIGARFest 2020

October 13, 2020 – Austin, Texas

Southern Draw Cigars and Cigars International today announces the release of two NEW sizes of Fraternal Order White (Lancero) and Fraternal Order Black (Solomon) and a new blend – Fraternal Order Blue (Toro) which have been produced by Southern Draw Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. Exciting news for consumers, the Fraternal Order blends are no longer retail exclusives as Southern Draw and Cigars International will debut all three new releases at the 100% free event – Virtual CIGARFest 2020 on October 16th and 17th and provide the Fraternal Order portfolio to all retail store locations and online store for those consumers that are unable to visit one of the exciting retail store locations. https://www.facebook.com/CIGARfest

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Deep Boutique

Cigar Federation Color Project Tiger Kitty Sharp Claws with Herradura Double Barrell Reposado.

This cigar is part of Cigar Federation’s Color Project and is produced at the Oveja Negra factory in Esteli, home of Black Label Trading Company. It is a very smooth Robusto with a medium brown wrapper. The foot has a rich aroma with a figgy sweetness.

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