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Cuban Cigars in the USA?…don’t hold your breath.

Padron Cohiba

When President Obama announced he was opening talks with the Cuban government, cigar smokers across America rejoiced. After five decades of an embargo, there was finally hope that Cuban cigars would soon become available to consumers in the US. Would we finally be able to buy CCs without looking over our shoulders? Unfortunately, at this… Read More

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The Great Robustojoe Cigar Giveaway IV

The Great Robustojoe Cigar Giveaway IV

2014 was a super cigar year, and the new Great Robustojoe Giveaway IV includes some of the best of what last year had to offer. All but one stick is new, but all these cigars have tremendous flavor, strength, and richness.  Included are: the Camacho Ecuador Toro, the Herrera Esteli, My Father La Crema no. 3, the BG… Read More

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The CAO Amazon Basin…world’s most rare cigar?

CAO Amazon Basin Toro

We’ve heard it all before…limited edition cigars made from scarce materials. Then, a year later, they are still readily available, everywhere. But in the case of the new CAO Amazon Basin, its rarity is only part of the intrigue. It’s truly a cigar with a story to tell. I was lucky enough to get one… Read More

And the Best Cigar Lighter is…not a cigar lighter.

Blazer Torch Lighters

Finding the right cigar lighter is a personal matter. We all have our preferences, and there are lots of lighter styles from which to choose. But ultimately, what we cigar smokers require from a lighter is universal: a solid flame that lights each and every time we pull the trigger. That’s not a lot to… Read More

A Tale of Two Samplers.

Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters

It was the best of cigars, it was the worst of cigars, it was the age of ligero, it was the age of seco. If Charles Dickens were alive today, he could certainly wax poetic about the flavor extremes of today’s cigars. In my recent article Traditional Cigar Flavor, I wrote about how much cigar… Read More

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

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

Cigar Aging: is it worth the effort?

Still waiting to become mythic.

Updated 12/2014 Ever notice that the highest rated cigars are usually aged Cubans?  In Cigar Aficionado, these cigars are listed in the esteemed Connoisseur’s Corner.  There, it seems, the oldest cigars get the highest scores.  For example, in the December 2011 issue, a 1956 H. Upmann no. 120 hit a perfect 100.  Coming in second… Read More