Not sure of what size stick you feel like lighting up?  This week's Primo Sampler ought to help steer you in some direction.

Perfect for a quicker smoke, this corona is a full-bodied experience for sure.  The flattened butt might take a little getting used to, but, it makes for a nice and easy draw.  The wrapper has a beautiful dark and oily patina and has a lot to do with the strong notes of coffee beans and tropical spice.  Primo Strength Rating:  9

This Pepin Garcia crafted and Pete Johnson blended toro is a smooth, medium-bodied smoke that is luscious and complex.  The shimmering Ecuador Connecticut wrapper surrounds a Mexican binder and Nicaraguan fillers that come together to produce notes of chestnuts, cashews, dried fruit and a bit of citrus.  Primo Strength Rating:  6

ILLUSIONE 68 (Honduras)
The 68 is from what is known as the "Original Documents" line and is medium to full in body.  Nicaraguan innards are covered with a AAA Corojo Rosado wrapper that offer the smoker a  complex melding of oak, black pepper and cocoa notes.  Another outstanding example of a quicker, shorter smoke.  Primo Strength Rating:  7

H. UPMANN "THE BANKER" ANNUITY (Dominican Republic)
This slightly chubby toro is a medium-bodied cigar with tobaccos from many countries.  Extremely complex with a definite nuttiness and a firm, but, even draw.  A savory departure from the traditional H. Upmann flavor profile.  Primo Strength Rating:  6

A $43.75 value - for only $36!

PRIMO'S CIGAR TIP OF THE WEEK: Having recently had my apartment complex declared "no smoking inside the units" I now am forced to enjoy my cigars out on my deck.  Here's a little hint regarding the ceramic ashtray that may sit outside all the time.  If the bottom is not fully glazed moisture may seep in and decompose the ceramic.  But then again, how much precipitation do we get here!?!  Aaaah, maybe we should forget this week's tip....unless you are moving to Seattle.


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