Top 10 Boutique Cigars

The term “boutique” cigar has been around for many years, probably since the first cigar boom of the 1990’s. At that time there were plenty of new brands that called themselves boutique. Through the years, many characteristics have been used to quantify the term boutique. A production number of less than 1.5 million cigars has […]

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Cigar Cutters: Pros and Cons

How do I cut a cigar? Let me count the ways. Purpose built cigar cutters have been around since the mid 1800’s. Before that, I guess people used knives or their teeth if they needed to cut open a cap. Since those early accessories, designs have evolved and almost everyone who smokes a cigar carries […]

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History of the Smoking Jacket

It Started With a Robe… The smoking jacket evolved from silk robes of the 17th century. The robes were very fashionable and it was a common practice to have portraits painted while wearing them. Here’s the history of the smoking jacket and how it became part of cigar culture. The short version of the smoking […]

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Top 5 New Year’s Cigars and Destinations

This time of year brings many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. And for a cigar smoker, what’s a celebration without a cigar? New Year’s Eve and 2015 are just around the corner, so why not give you some celebratory sticks to get you started? Below is a list of 5 New Year’s cigars […]

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Top 10 Cigars to Smoke After Thanksgiving Dinner

Soon, it will be Thanksgiving, that special holiday where we get together with family and enjoy way too much food for dinner. Other great Thanksgiving traditions are watching a football game after the festive meal and/or taking a nap. For me, the best way to cap off a large, heavy meal is with a full-bodied, […]

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A Brief History of Cigars: Part Two

History of Cigars As Tom stated in last week’s post, without the discovery of tobacco, nobody would be smoking cigars today. This post is part two of the history of cigars and focuses on the timeline of the Cuban Embargo through recent times. The Cuban Embargo In 1962, President Kennedy enacted the Cuban Embargo that […]

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A Brief History of Cigars: Part One

History of Cigars Before anyone can begin to discuss the history of cigars, you need to understand the history of tobacco. Obviously, without the discovery of tobacco, there would be no cigars. The following is a timeline that describes the history of tobacco that focuses on cigars. The Early Years Natives of North, Central and […]

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Fact or Fiction: Cuban Cigars Are Better

Cuban tobacco, the holy grail of cigars…. or is it? Ever since the Cuban embargo in 1962, Cuban cigars have been forbidden fruit for citizens of the United States. If you tell a person they can’t have something, that something usually becomes more desirable. Despite the embargo, many legitimate Cuban cigars (and way too many […]

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How to Age Cigars at Home

As a cigar smoker progresses from the casual smoker to someone who smokes regularly, there is usually a desire or even a need to purchase cigars in quantity. You may buy some cigars so you’ll always have a supply to smoke at home and other times, you may want to purchase special editions or just […]

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