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LFD Coronado Redux; a new classic.

LFD Coronado

La Flor Dominicana makes great cigars. Its master blender and owner, Litto Gomez helped usher in the ligero craze, and introduced the world to the unique chisel cigar design. But one of my favorite LFD blends has little ligero leaf, and no chisel at all. Introduced in 2006, the original Coronado (then called Coronado by… Read More

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Camacho Ditka 89 Special Edition

Camacho Ditka 89 Special Edition

When Davidoff bought Camacho Cigars, they reformulated all the blends, and in an instant, Camacho went from old school to modern. Gone were the traditional flavor profiles of yesteryear. The new post Davidoff blends reflect the tastes of our times: bold, spicy, and complex. In addition to their core brands, Camacho now offers a number… Read More

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The Last Word On Cigar Cellophane.

Cigar Cellophane

Well, maybe it’s not the last, last word, but for the benefit of newbie cigar smokers, it’s a subject worth revisiting. When I first started smoking cigars in 2005, I was very confused. The amount of information regarding cigars seemed overwhelming. To add to my confusion, opinions seemed to run in polar opposites. This was… Read More

HR Cigars; more than just a name.

Perfect construction with a shaggy foot and triple cap.

Avid cigar smokers are never bored. We keep busy by “trolling” for information that could lead to our next great cigar. Searching the Internet, reading cigar reviews, or simply word of mouth can point us in the right direction. Over time, we learn to recognize names and brands we associate with cigars we’ve liked. Recently… Read More

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

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

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