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Traditional Cigar Flavor…does it really matter?

Illusione and Liga Privada

How many times have you smoked a cigar in public, and had someone ask, “Is that a Cuban?”? When you explain why it is not, they are always surprised to hear that great cigars can be made outside that large Caribbean island. Without getting into the endless debate of Cuban (CC) v. Non-Cuban (NC) cigars,… Read More

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Take a Cigar Vacation!


If you love smoking cigars, and are looking for a unique vacation, then you are in for a treat. Each year, Colin Ganley, editor of Cigar Journal, takes a small group of aficionados on cigar tours in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  I’ve been on two so far, and they are so much fun that… Read More

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La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino…love at first light!

La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino

In my recent review of the La Palina Maduro Lancero, I extol the virtues of thin cigars. Called a lancero, or lonsdale, they all fall under the category of a panetela. Whatever you call it, these skinny cigars deliver more flavor than their fatter brethren. One other fine example of this is the La Gloria… Read More

Making the Cut: And the Best Cigar Cutter Is…

Cigar Cutters

The late, great, comedian George Carlin once said that life was about acquiring “stuff”.  This is especially true for cigar smokers. To us, the need for “stuff” seems endless.  Aside from continually buying cigars, we also need humidors, ashtrays, lighters, hygrometers, humidifiers, and above all, cigar cutters.  Unless we want to look like Clint Eastwood… Read More

When Good Cigars Go Bad: the Cigar Flavor Disparity.

Cigar in Los Angeles

Have you ever noticed that the same cigar can taste completely different depending on when and where it is smoked?  This became clear recently when I grabbed a cigar I usually love, from a box I’ve smoked often, and found it disappointing.  Under different circumstances, a cigar once considered smooth can taste harsh; or strong… Read More

The Best Cigar We’ll Never Smoke…

Edicion Limitada

We cigar enthusiasts are a fastidious bunch.  We research our purchases carefully, always looking for the best cigars at the best price.  We peruse endless reviews and ratings with anticipation, hoping to uncover the next great cigar.  But, as it turns out, no amount of web surfing, or magazine reading will ultimately lead us to… Read More