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Long Ashes to You!

Sunday February 23, 2014

Gary Manelski, Cigar Expert

The term long ashes is sometimes used in the cigar world when greeting or saying goodbye to a fellow cigar smoker. This term is also a suggestion to enjoy a fine premium cigar that is handmade with long filler tobaccos (since these type of cigars are more likely to hold a long ash).

After eight years as About.com's Expert Guide to Cigars, it is finally time to say long ashes to all of my site visitors, followers, readers, and all those in the cigar industry whom I have met over the years. I'd also like to thank About.com for giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge and opinions with millions of cigar enthusiasts, from the newbies up to the experienced connoisseurs. A special thanks also goes out to Dr. Mitch Fadem, who helped me spread the good word about premium handmade cigars, in his roles as Guest Author and Contributing Writer.

In the future, I intend to continue writing about cigars and the cigar lifestyle in other capacities. If you like what you've been seeing here on About.com, you will still be able to find me on Twitter and Facebook. For current contact information, please visit my new personal cigars website at SmokeYourAshOff.com.

Photo 2014 © Gary Manelski, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cigar Kismet

Thursday February 20, 2014

When faced with a major decision, smoking an appropriate cigar while pondering the alternatives will always help you select the best option in fulfilling your destiny. This is called Cigar Kismet. For more, read my Review of Kismet Robusto Cigars.

Review of Three Four-Star Cigars

Wednesday February 19, 2014

Nick Perdomo, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Nestor Miranda sure make some fine premium cigars. To compare one of each of their cigars to the others, check out my Review of Three Four-Star Cigars.

Review of Quesada Tributo Cigars

Tuesday February 18, 2014

Quesada Tributo cigars are made by Manuel Quesada in the Dominican Republic, and feature a special HCHS hybrid wrapper. The cigars are available in four sizes, each honoring a deceased member of the Quesada family. For more, read my Review of Quesada Tributo Manolin Cigar.

Review of Tried and True Cigars

Monday February 17, 2014

Cigars that have been around for a while are usually neglected by today's bloggers who like to review newly released cigars. However, a cigar does not have to be brand new to be new to you, if you have never smoked it before. With that being said, check out Reviews of Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon, Villiger Libertad, and Licenciados Cigars.

Review of San Lotano Maduro Cigar

Thursday February 13, 2014

San Lotano Maduro cigars from A.J. Fernandez have a taste that might almost  make you think that you're smoking a dark chocolate candy bar, and these cigars are not artificially flavored. This stick has been the most enjoyable cigar that I have smoked so far this year. For more, read my Review of San Lotano Maduro Cigars.

Cigar Experts

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Since the title of each of the 1,000+ Guides on About.com has recently been changed by the company to "Expert", it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at some of the different terms or titles that  can be used to refer to a Cigar Expert. See what other words there are to call a cigar expert.

Review of Pinolero Figurado Cigar

Wednesday February 5, 2014

Pinolero is a Nicaraguan puro from A.J. Fernandez that received an impressive 91 rating in the current issue of Cigar Aficionado. The magazine rated the Churchill size, but I decided to review the Figurado, which sells at the same price. Check out my Review of Pinolero Figurado Cigars.

Five Premium Cigar Reviews

Saturday February 1, 2014

Instead of just one cigar review, here are five reviews all in one place for your puffing and reading enjoyment. Check out Reviews of Azan White, Rogue Armageddon, Loose Cannon 1206, Asylum 13, and Acid Toast cigars.

The Great Smoke 2014

Saturday January 25, 2014

The Great Smoke is a great annual cigar event hosted by the Smoke Inn at their retail location in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have attended this event in prior years and always had a great time. This year, TGS will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  More than 1,200 attendees are expected from at least a dozen states. Start making your plans now if you don't want to be left out.  For all the details, visit thegreatsmoke.com.

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