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Cuban cigars are illegal in the United States. History of the Cuban Trade Embargo and why it was enacted by President John Kennedy in 1962, as the result of Castro's 1959 revolution which seized property of private citizens.
The flavor and strength of the five cigar brands selected are mild to medium and can be enjoyed by any level smoker.
A guide for the new cigar smoker on how to select, cut, light, hold, smoke and enjoy a premium hand rolled cigar.
List of top 10 cheap cigars that cost less than $3.10 when purchased by the box is based on smoking and sampling hundreds of cigars over many years. Inexpensive value priced cigars are great bargains for both everyday and occasional cigar smokers.
Cigars come in many shapes and sizes, and there are actually names used by the industry to categorize cigars by their dimensions. Common names include corona, panatela and churchill.
How to avoid getting sick from smoking a cigar plus a suggested cure to help alleviate a mild nicotine overdose.
Maintaining the proper humidity levels inside a humidor to store, age, and protect cigars.
Cigar interview with Gary Korb of the Famous Smoke shop, one of the best places to buy cigars online. Lots of information about the Famous Smoke shop as well as smoking and buying cigars.
A new humidor must be properly seasoned before storing cigars. An unconditioned humidor can ruin your cigars. Learn how to season the cedar in our step by step guide.
How to calibrate a hygrometer used in cigar humidors to measure the level of humidity. Humidity gauge must be accurate to monitor and maintain optimal levels inside a humidor.
Top retailers for buying cigars online. All sites are personally used and recommended by our cigar guide. Deep discounts, save a bundle on boxes and bundles of premium hand rolled imported cigars.
Choosing the right drink to accompany a cigar is one of the most important factors affecting the enjoyment of the smoking experience. Our list was constucted to include drinks that can accompany any cigar, including the full flavored variety.
Cigar lighters should be chosen based upon function over appearance. Butane double torch lighters made by reputable manufacturers having lifetime warranties are recommended.
Smoking tobacco can cause cancer, especially when inhaled on a daily basis. Cigar smokers should not inhale, and smoke no more than one or 2 cigars per week to minimize the health risks. There may also be health benefits to smoking cigars.
Interview with Abe Dababneh, owner of the Smoke Inn cigar stores in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Immediate but temporary effects of nicotine contained in cigar smoke.
Cigar cutters are used to remove or penetrate the cap of a cigar before smoking it. There are three basic types of cuts, but there are a few more types of cigar cutters.
Flavored cigars are cigars containing artificial flavoring, such as rum, peach, Kahlua, Amaretto, Irish Cream , and other popular flavors, which enhance and compliment the taste of tobacco, including cigars infused with natural sweeteners such as Acid by Drew Estate.
Cigar taste tests were conducted to determine if aging cigars in a properly maintained humidor can improve the flavor. Discover how much time cigars should be aged in a humidor before smoking.
Terms used to describe the flavors and tastes in cigars by cigar reviewers who smoke and rate cigars.
Health benefits of cigar tobacco have included medicinal uses to treat many diseases throughout history, up to more recent studies showing that intravenous administration of nicotine to non-smoking Alzheimer's patients produced significant improvements in long-term recall and attention span.
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
How to find and buy the right cigar humidor for your needs, information and advice to make the purchase of a new humidor much easier.
Cigar companies continue to go through mergers and acquisitions, and new cigar empires are being formed. Altadis, now owned by Imperial Tobacco, and General Cigar owned by Swedish Match, are the top cigar manufacturers in the world, producing top brands such as Montecristo and Macanudo.
Top ten list of cigar tips for cigar connoisseurs includes recommended do's and don'ts along with free advice for cigar smokers.
Cigars can be categorized as being either hand rolled or machine made. Imported premium hand rolled cigars are the very best available, and are the preferred choice of connoisseurs and aficionados.
Interview With Abe Dababneh, cigar retailer and owner of the Smoke Inn, host of the Great Smoke cigar event in South Florida, IPCPR Board Member, cigar radio broadcaster, and one of the most interesting men in the cigar business.
It is possible to be addicted to cigars, but not likely. Most cigar smokers are connoisseurs who enjoy cigars as a hobby, but some cigar smokers may have a habit of smoking cigars.
Top cigars recommended for wedding guests, grooms, and members of the wedding party and immediate family. Best cigars for special people on special occasions, and the importance of preparing the bride to be a cigar friendly wife. Cigar catering and rolling services, custom cigar bands, and other options for best wedding cigars.
Review of Zippo Blu2 butane cigar lighter, made in America especially for cigar smokers, includes lifetime guarantee.
Definition and description of what is a cigar humidor, used to store, preserve and age cigars by maintaining the optimal humidity level at room temperature. A cigar humidor contains a humidification device that either adds or removes humidity inside the box to maintain the optimal level.
Review of the Mr. B handmade cigar from Nicaragua in the Lonsdale size with a Maduro wrapper. The best value in everyday cigars, low cost and good taste.
An exclusive Top 10 list of the best occasions for smoking cigars. There are many events and occasions that are conducive to smoking cigars, but our list narrows them down to the top 10.
Explanation of what makes a cigar good, and what factors are important when judging or rating premium cigars.
Airline regulations which affect cigar smokers include restrictions on matches, lighters, and certain types of cutters. There are different rules for carry-on and checked luggage.
List of top patriotic cigars to smoke on Independence Day, the 4th of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and all American holidays. Cigars contain American tobacco, have patriotic American names, or have bans with red, white and blue colors.
Smoking cigars on cruise ships while on vacation can be very enjoyable, but make sure that the ship is cigar friendly. Each cruise line has different smoking restrictions and amenities for cigar and pipe smokers, which are subject to change.
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
Cigars can be classified according to body, a term that can mean flavor, strength, or a combination of both and much more. Categories include mild, medium, and full, plus everything in between.
Products recommended to cure bad breath caused by smoking cigars include the Cigar Clear breath spray and Targon mouthwash.
A cigar aging experiment was conducted by storing a bundle of cigars in a humidor and periodically taste testing them over a period of one year. Results of the cigar taste tests show how aging cigars improves their flavor. Page 2.
Review of Macanudo Hyde Park cigars made by the General Cigar Company in the Dominican Republic. Macanudo Hyde Park cigars are 5 1/2 inches long with a ring gauge of 49, and are available with three different blends of tobacco.
How to make a custom cigar band for your own personal enjoyment, and where to buy professional cigar bands to give as gifts or for special occasions.
Health benefits of cigar tobacco have included medicinal uses to treat many diseases throughout history, up to more recent studies showing that intravenous administration of nicotine to non-smoking Alzheimer's patients produced significant improvements in long-term recall and attention span. Page 2.
Review of Gurkha Ghost, a new cigar released during October 2012, just in time for Halloween.
How to hand roll a cigar using the three types of cigar tobacco leaves, including the binder, filler, and wrapper leaves. Watch a cigar video of a professional cigar roller demonstrating the entire process of rolling cigars by hand.
Three basic types of cigar punches for making a hole in the cap of a cigar before smoking are reviewed, including pictures and holes made by the bullet punch, havana punch, and the multi cutter.
List of top unique or unusual cigars, includes cigars made with nontraditional tobaccos, organic cigars, maduro cigars, and cigars with unusual colors, shapes, sizes, or methods of manufacture.
How to shop for premium hand rolled cigars. Purchase by the box or bundle, buy a sampler pack, or just try a few singles.
Cuban H Upmann Petit Upmanns were President John F. Kennedy's favorite cigars. In 1962, JFK ordered his Press Secretary to buy as many Petit Upmanns as he could find before signing the Cuban Trade Embargo. Page 2.
Review of Dignity Smoke of Art Cateva cigar, and unusual 9-inch Diadema shaped cigar made with eco-friendly Costa Rican tobaccos.
Cigar review of Oliva Nub Habano 358 stogie made entirely with tobaccos from Nicaragua, having a unique size as a concept cigar created by Jose Oliva.
Review of Perla Del Mar cigars made by the J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
Review of Kismet Robusto cigar, a Dominican puro that is a great choice when pondering your destiny.
Cigar review of Private Stock No. 2 by Davidoff, a Double Corona sized cigar made in the Dominican Republic with a Connecticut Shade wrapper and Dominican filler tobaccos. A very good value for a mild and tasty cigar appropriate for beginners.
Review of Macanudo 40th anniversary 1968 Gigante cigar made in the Dominican Republic by the General Cigar Company with Dominican and two types of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and a wrapper from Honduras. The 1968 line is much richer and fuller than typical Macanudo cigars.
Review of the Arturo Fuente Grand Reserva Churchill Maduro cigar made in the Dominican Republic with Dominican filler tobacco.
Free tour of Graycliff Cigar Factory in Nassau, Bahamas.
Review of Blue Mountain El Threesome cigar made in Nicaragua with three different wrappers and blends of filler tobaccos.
Cigar review of the La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo made by Drew Estate in Nicaragua. The La Vieja Habana is an inexpensive value priced cigar having a spicy flavor, and is a Cuban Sandwich type cigar using a mixture of long and short leaf tobacco.
Review of Padron 1964 Anniversary cigar, a super premium cigar made with aged Nicaraguan tobaccos and considered to be one of the best cigars in the world.
Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents in cigar smoke identified by the FDA as reasons to regulate tobacco products including cigars are subject to interpretation. The FDA has requested comments from the public in the Federal Register.
Cigar review of Oliva Serie V Ligero Especial made by the Oliva Cigar Company with tobaccos from Nicaragua. This stogie receives our highest rating and is considered to be one of the best cigars in the world.
Narrated video with instructions on how to roll a cigar by hand using filler, binder, and wrapper tobacco leaves.
Tabacalera de Garcia cigar factory tour in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Tabacalera de Garcia is the largest cigar factory for handmade cigars in the world.
Review of Brick House cigars which are value priced Nicaraguan puros made by the J.C. Newman Cigar Company.
Review of Ashton VSG Virgin Sun Grown Illusion cigar made by Arturo Fuente in the Dominican Republic with Dominican filler and binder tobaccos and an aged Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper, rated as one of the top 10 cigars of 2009 by Cigar Aficionado.
President John F. Kennedy, his love for Cuban cigars, and assassination attempts on Castro using poison cigars.
New Xikar cigar accessories for 2013 include cutters and punches for big cigars and some new cigar lighters.
Cigar review of Gispert Corona size cigars made in Honduras with Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and Ecuadorian Connecticut natural wrapper tobacco leaves, making for a mild cigar recommended for beginner smokers, and at a value price.
Medical and health benefits of tobacco and cigars explained by an expert in toxicology, Dr. Mitch Fadem, Phd.
Review of Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto cigars by Boutique Blends, a highly rated Dominican puro made with rare tobaccos from Jose Blanco.
Review of Genuine Pre-Embargo 1958 Counterfeit Cuban cigar made by Tabacelera Perdomo with filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras.
Cigar review of Perdomo Reserve Cabinet Series – La Tradicion Perdomo Reserve cigars, made with Nicaraguan tobaccos and a choice of several wrappers, including a Cameroon, Maduro, Connecticut Shade, and Sun Grown.
The ring gauge of a cigar is a measurement of its diameter expressed in 64ths of an inch. For example, a cigar with a ring gauge of 42 means that it is 42/64 inches thick.
Review of Perdomo Habano Connecticut, E.P. Carrillo Core Natural, and Nestor Miranda Special Selection cigars, all rated 4-star smokes by our cigar expert.
Filler is a term to describe the tobacco inside of a cigar. In hand rolled cigars, the filler usually consists of long tobacco leaves, and is called long filler. In machine made cigars, short filler is usually used, which contains chemicals and other substances in addition to short pieces of tobacco leaves.
The best cigar city to smoke and enjoy a cigar in public, the best cigar city to mingle and interact within a genuine cigar culture, and the best cigar city to experience a taste of cigar history.
Reasons why some premium cigars do not burn evenly.
Rating cigars is based on many factors that affect the flavor of a cigar, and can make the same cigar taste different to the same smoker under different conditions. Aging cigars in a cigar humidor is one factor you can control to improve the flavor of cigars.
Cigar Experts and other terms to describe what they are called.
The importance of aging cheap bundled cigars in a humidor before smoking, and maintaining the proper level of humidity.
Review of Cigar V cutters which cut a wedge into the sealed cap of a cigar so it can be smoked, including pictures of the cutters and the wedges made in the cap of a cigar.
Review of Oliva Cain Maduro and Habano Toro cigars blended by Sam Leccia of Nub cigar fame, made with ligero tobaccos from Nicaragua and a Mexican Maduro wrapper, resulting in a great tasting and highly rated cigar at a reasonable price.
Made in Honduras, this is the first cigar made with only maduro tobacco - a full flavored stick intended for seasoned smokers.
User reviews of various brands of cigar humidors for storing and aging handmade premium cigars. Add a review of your own humidor.
Cigar companies do not want to be regulated by the FDA, but not all regulations are bad for cigar consumers.
Learn how cigars are hand rolled by watching a cigar being unraveled step by step and then reassembled.
Cigars can be categorized in many ways such as machine made and handmade, but based on the way they are marketed, there are only two types of cigars - old and new.
Cigar review of the Padron Series Londres cigar made in Nicaragua with all Nicaraguan tobaccos. Dr. Mitch Fadem's special scientific review discusses chemosensation, or the relationship between smell and taste, as it relates to cigar tobacco.
Review of the Ashton Maduro premium cigar made by Arturo Fuente in the Dominican Republic. This is a full flavored cigar. The robusto size measures 5 inches long with a ring gauge of 50.
List of the top 10 cigar videos on the internet, with links to scenes from movies, commercials, news programs, and original content on sites like youtube, google video and meta cafe.
Review of Shuriken cigar cutter. Did you ever wonder if there was a way to cut a cigar and never worry about getting bits of tobacco in your mouth? Here is a new cigar cutting technology that does that and more. You may even enjoy smoking short fill cigars.
The Java Latte is one of Johnathan Drew's flavor infusion series. I do not consider this a true 'flavored' cigar because many cigars have the taste of coffee. This one is a bit special because the coffee infusion takes that flavor to a new level and puts it into a class all by itself.
The cigar industry and how cigars are made and distributed by cigar makers to retailers and tobacconists.
Review of San Lotano Maduro cigars made by A.J. Fernandez.
Punch Uppercut cigars are made by the General Cigar Company in Honduras with tobacco from the Ometepe region of Nicaragua, and were released in 2009.
Cigar history from Christopher Columbus through Ybor City, the Cuban Trade Embargo, the Surgeon General's Health Warnings, and the cigar boom of the mid 1990's up until the public smoking bans of the mid 2000's.
Smoking cigars in casinos is becoming a thing of the past due to the proliferation of indoor smoking bans, requiring some casinos to construct outdoor patios for their smoking patrons.
Review of Leccia Black and White cigars introduced at 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.
If the filler tobacco inside of a cigar is packed too tightly or otherwise bunched together improperly, the cigar will not draw very well. It may be possible to gently massage the cigar between your fingers to alleviate the plug.
Review of Quesada Tributo Manolin cigar made at Matasa in the Dominican Republic with a special HCHS hybrid wrapper.
Cigar review of the Zino Classic Premier Selection No. 6 cigar made in the Dominican Republic by one of Davidoff's master blenders using a blend of Dominican and Honduran filler tobaccos and Connecticut shade wrapper.
Terms used to describe basic and subtle flavors of cigar tobacco.
Giving cigars and cigar accessories as gifts for both new and seasoned connoisseurs, especially for Christmas and other special occasions such as Father's Day, anniversaries,and birthdays. Recommendations for specific brands of cigars and types of cigar accessories that will make a lasting impression.
The binder tobacco leaf in a cigar is used to bind and contain the bunch of filler tobacco leaves inside of a cigar. It usually has little or no flavor, but some cigar makers use rejected wrapper leaves as binders to add flavor to the cigar.
Review of Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 46 cigar made with special aged tobaccos similar to the company's Opus X, Hemmingway and Don Carlos cigars.
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
Review of Monte by Montecristo cigar from Altadis, made in the Dominican Republic with Dominican filler tobaccos, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and two binders.
Review of Table 36 Peacemaker cigars made in Honduras and first released during the fall of 2013.
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
Review of La Palina Classic Robusto cigar by Bill Paley, made in the Dominican Republic.
New smoking bans are being enacted by local and state governments. Indoor and outdoor smoking bans are becoming more restrictive, and will eventually affect your right to smoke cigars in public.
Review of Xikar HC Series Habano Colorado Toro cigar blended by master cigar maker Jesus Fuego.
Cigar review of the Don Tomas Allegro Maduro cigar made in Honduras by General Cigar with Honduran and Nicarguan filler tobaccos and a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper.
Short reviews of some value priced, bundled, and bargain cigars, including Mike's house brands and exclusives.
Cigar review of the Puros Indios Viejo Number 4 cigar, made by the legendary Rolando Reyes in Honduras. Puros Indios Viejo is a mild to medium cigar that is appropriate for both beginners and seasoned smokers alike, and is highly recommended as a great smoking experience.
Review of Red Witch MMXII Rothchild cigar from the East India Trading Company, part of the Gurkha Cigar Group.
Cigar review of the Vuelta Abajo cigar made in the Dominican Republic with some genuine pre-embargo Cuban tobacco that is legal in the United States.
IPCPR 2010 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Annual Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans, image gallery and complete coverage of meetings, seminars, presentations, and trade show in New Orleans convention center.
Colibri Cigar Lighters - Most of us are familiar with the Colibri brand of lighters. Did you know that they also make jewlery, pens and were even featured in a movie? The company has remained on the cutting edge of lighter technology since Julius Lowenthal invented the first semi-automatic lighter back in 1935. Read and see what Colibri has to offer in high altitude lighters.
Cigar are measured by their length in inches and ring gauge or diameter in 64ths of an inch and are given names based on size or dimensions and shapes
Review of the Smoke Inn's Great Smoke cigar event held in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 16, 2013.
Review of Ortega Serie D No. 12 cigar by Eddie Ortega, an excellent smoke that deserves our highest rating.
Buying cigars and making selections is now mostly based on internet research and brand reputation as opposed to fancy bands, unusual names and other marketing and advertising methods of the past.
Review of Gurkha Ninja cigar made with Brazilian wrappers and a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.
Here are five shorter than usual cigar reviews all on one page for your convenience. Check out these mostly recent releases that are sparking some degree of interest among cigar enthusiasts, including Azan White, Rogue Armageddon, Loose Cannon 1206, Asylum 13, and Acid Toast cigars.
Rolling Your Own Cigars
Review of cigar guillotine cutters and scissors used to make straight cuts on the cap of a cigar before it can be smoked.
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,
Cigar sampler packs can be good deals. Sample a variety of cigars at discounted prices.
Review of Mike's South Florida Cigar Extravaganza on January 26, 2013, in Bay Harbor, Florida near Miami. A great annual social event for cigar smokers which included 60 cigars provided by 36 cigar companies, drinks, food and live entertainment.
Cigar review of the Arganese Double Wrap cigar, a barber pole style cigar made in the Dominican Republic with two wrappers, a Connecticut Shade and Brazilian Maduro.
The Perfecto XLT is a great inexpensive travel humidor and a great gift idea for Father's Day.
Review of little cigars made by Villager, Illusione, Gregorio and Chevere.
The wrapper is the outer tobacco leaf of a cigar, which wraps around the binder, which in turn, holds the filler. Wrappers are responsible for at least half of a cigar's flavor. There are many kinds of wrappers, the most common of which are Natural and Maduro.
List of the top gifts to give to a cigar smoker, including cigars, accessories, humidors, gift certificates, and more.
I never thought much of flavored cigars until I tried a few. You will be surprised that there is a lot there and some even come close to real premium cigars and are produced by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Cigar review of Onyx Reserve Torbusto cigar made by Altadis in the Dominican Republic, having an unusual figurado shape that is larger in the middle than on both ends.
Review of La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli cigars made with tobaccos grown in Nicaragua.
Review of Fabricas Unidas and Christian Eiroa cigars from the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.
Summary of the 2013 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers 81st annual trade show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada during July 14 to 17.
Cigar review of Bolivar Churchill cigar made in the Dominican Republic with ligero tobacco wrappers from Honduras and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.
Review of Icon cigars by Hammer and Sickle from 2013 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.
Cigar review of Royal Jamaica Oro Rojo Toro cigar made by Altadis in the Dominican Republic with tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Jamaica. A low rated stogie that is not recommended for most cigar smokers.
Cigar review of the La Unica 100 cigar which measures 8 1/2 inches long with a ring gauge of 52 and is mild-to-medium in strength, and made by the Fuente cigar family in the Dominican Republic.
Interview with Smoke Inn's Abe Dababneh about the Great Smoke cigar event in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Review of Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Anniversary cigar which was rated the top cigar in the world for the year 2009, by Cigar Aficionado magazine.
Plume or bloom is a fine white powder or dust which forms on cigars when oils exude from the tobacco as a result of aging.
Cigar review of the Partagas Robusto cigar, made in the Dominican Republic with a blend of Dominican and Mexican filler tobacco and Cameroon wrappers.