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Monday, 29 August 2011

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Although the GS57 may be medium-bodied, it is full-flavored. There's a good amount of complexity to be enjoyed, and there's never a dull moment. The cigar begins with earth and mild spice in the first third. The second third offers up more spice, but it then becomes very creamy. The final third completes the ride with rich nuts and sweetness.

I have been a fan of Alec Bradley in the past, and the GS57 helps to solidify the brand's quality in my mind. The cigar's appearance and burn were solid. Add in a nice variety of flavors, and you have yourself a quality stogie. The GS57 retails for around $7.50 per single, and it comes in boxes of 20. It's not cheap, but the quality cannot be denied, and neither can the size. If you enjoy smoother smokes but don't want to sacrifice flavor, the GS57 should go on your list. The same holds true for fans of thicker cigars. Even if it's too much for a frequent smoke, pick a few up so you can enjoy them on the weekends. The GS57 is rather limited, with the first release capped at 1,000 boxes. If you have trouble finding that particular size, there are at least five others within the line that you can try.

The Alec Bradley Family Blend GS57 earns a rating of 3.75 out of four stars.

Viaje Fifty Fifty Red Label No. 1

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Viaje released the Fifty Fifty Red Label as a follow up to the popular Fifty Fifty Black Label line. The main difference between the two is strength, as Viaje wanted the Red Label to offer a smoother, medium-bodied experience. Is the milder Red Label as good as the more powerful Black Label? There's only one way to find out......

The Fifty Fifty Red Label No. 1 is a Grand Corona that measures 5 5/8 x 46. There are two other sizes in the line, including the 6 x 50 No. 2 and the 7 x 47 No. 3. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, meaning it's made completely of Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Red Label's filler has been kicked down a notch in strength compared to the Black Label. A double binder is used, and a Corojo '99 wrapper and pigtail cap complete the composition.






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