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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

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The Kind: a very friendly cigar.

The Kind cigar

Getting together with other cigar aficionados is a lot of fun, especially when everyone brings a cigar to exchange. It’s a great way to be introduced to brands we may have otherwise never heard of.  Sometimes it’s a bust, but when we come across a winner, it’s an exciting discovery. Such was the case with… Read More

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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

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

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