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Inveterate cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has been in the business nearly 50 years. He’s made cigars in a small factory in Miami’s Little Havana to a giant factory in the Dominican Republic during his tenure with General Cigar. Now, he operates his own La Alianza factory. What he has is complete control, and that affords him the luxury of making almost any kind of cigar he wants.

When he wanted to make a maduro cigar, he didn’t turn to Mexico or Brazil, but rather looked to the U.S. for Connecticut broadleaf. This Churchill shows all the ripe tobacco notes of a quintessential maduro, bolstered by a blend of Nicaraguan tobacco that offers a chocolatey, nutty smoke with a warm core of wood.

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