Cigar Buying Tips for Beginners.

Buying your first cigar can be daunting. With so many choices and a whole new vocabulary, you might not even know where to start. If that sounds like you, try following this brief guide to buying cigars for beginners. It won’t teach you everything, but hopefully it will make your first foray into cigar buying […]

How to Smoke a Cigar Like a Pro .

Cigar smoking begins with a ritual that involves cutting, toasting and lighting. Here are some instructions that will help you look like a true cigar aficionado. First, using your cigar cutter of choice (although we prefer the guillotine), make a deft cut or opening at the head of the cigar – the closed end, aka […]

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN SMOKING A CIGAR

There ARE certain do’s and don’ts that should be kept in mind when smoking cigars. Just like eating at the table with proper “table manners”, there are also certain “cigar manners” or shall we say – Cigar Etiquette. Read each one of the items below to make sure you’re not guilty of breaking proper cigar […]

WHERE IS CUBA ?

The largest island of the West Indies group (equal in area to Pennsylvania), Cuba is also t he westernmost—just west of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and 90 mi (145 km) south of Key West, Fla., at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. Cuba is a Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It […]

HAVANA’s CIGAR FACTORIES

Touring a Cuban cigar factory is a journey back in time. The clamor of workers going about their business reaches your ears and grows in volume with every step: A shout in rapid-fire Cuban Spanish, a call to an amigo, a friendly laugh, the hearty baritone of a golden-throated lector reading the daily news. Then […]

GETTING TO KNOW CIGAR ACCESSORIES

CIGAR CUTTER A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a “cap” which must be […]

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Throughout his long life, Churchill nourished England with his battlefield bravery, political courage and prolific writing, and nourished himself with the best food, drink and cigars he could find. The man for whom the imposing Churchill cigar size is named smoked eight to 10 cigars a day, primarily Cuban brands. Not even the necessity of […]

BIG CIGAR EVENT

Readers often ask about “The Big Smoke,” the cigar night sponsored by Cigar Aficionado magazine… Held around the United States every year, The Big Smokes offer a unique opportunity for cigar lovers to meet and celebrate the pleasures of smoking fine, handmade cigars alongside fellow aficionados and representatives from the cigar industry. Attendees smoke premium […]

HOW TO SMOKE A CIGAR PROPERLY

 A Gentleman and it’s Cigar Knowing your way around a cigar is an important element in a gentleman’s toolkit. A. The ritual : Smoking a cigar should be a pleasurable, shared experience. ‘A cigar is very non-threatening and it’s a sensory barrage. It conjures up images of Churchill and The Godfather; there’s the richness of […]

How to Know if You’re Smoking A Fine Cigar ?

There is nothing worse than inhaling the fumes of a low-quality cigar into your lungs. This is true, at least, for people who know what a fine cigar is. Lack of familiarity with quality products has, unfortunately, driven too many people away from this excellent habit. If you want to enjoy your experiences with cigars, […]