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I have the distinct opportunity to smoke one of the most sought after cigars ever.  The original Miami La Glorias came about during the Cigar Boom and put Ernesto Perez-Carrillo on the map.  You probably wouldn’t have guys like Don Pepin Garcia, Pete Johnson or Dion Giolito without Ernesto.  The La Glorias were so hard to find that folks were paying quadruple and more of MSRP.

LGC Torpedo No. 1

LGC Torpedo No. 1

One of my buddies from Empire Cigars gave me a 15 year old LGC Torpedo No. 2 for the birth of my son.  I couldn’t wait to try this cigar that I had heard so much about.  I was just going to right a review for this old torpedo when I realized this was a good chance to compare the blend Then & Now.  So much has changed in 15 years, including LGC being bought by General Cigar to even in the last year Ernesto leaving La Gloria to start off on his own again.  Is there anyway these cigars can still be similar at all?  We’ll see!

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The AVO 22 is the second Limited Edition cigar that was made into a regular production cigar.  The 787 was released in 2007 to much ballyhoo and prompted me to write another side by side review: then & now.

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Ok, I’d like to try a new little section where I compare older blends to their current counterparts.  It may be just aged cigars against a “fresh” cigar, but I have the luxury of a very special comparison with the AVO 75th Anniversary Double Corona, which was the first AVO LE made, against its current incarnation in the AVO Signature Double Corona.

Due to the popularity of the 75th Anniversary, Avo decided to create a regular production line similar to the essence of the Signature.  I’ll start with the AVO Signature first.

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