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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

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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

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La Palina Maduro no. 40 Petite Lancero; where less is more.

La Palina Maduro no. 40

These days, fat cigars are all the rage.  Even Cuba has started making fat versions of some stalwart favorites.  It’s easy to understand why: fat cigars burn slower and last longer, they tend to be mellow due to additional lower priming leaves, and they look like what we think cigars should look like…fat.  I mean,… 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