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A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Cuba. It was a trip planned last year with a group of cigar aficionados, and needless to say, we were excited to finally visit the renowned birthplace of cigars. For this article I will focus solely on the “cigar experience” while in Cuba, leaving all… Read More
- Cigar Committee Reviews -
Ashton Symmetry, Mombacho 10th Anniversary, Padilla Artemis, Daniel Marshall Red Label, JD Howard Reserve.
The Rules. Each month, a group of experienced cigar smokers participate in tastings of five new cigars. All smoke one of the selected cigars each day, and it is the first cigar of the day. All cigars are paired only with water, and are purchased at the same time from the same vendor. The cigars are stored for at… Read More
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About two hours west of Havana lies Pinar Del Rio. It’s the town near the Vuelta Abajo where the best Cuban cigar tobacco is grown. Here is a video I took while visiting the region on Feb. 21, 2017. Visiting Cuba for the first time was quite an education. A full article is coming soon.
Way back in 2010, I compared the recently released AJ Fernandez Nica Libre 1990 to the established, and much loved, Padron 1964 Maduro. The purpose was to see if a $2.00 cigar could compete with a stick four times its price. A side by side comparison proved to this smoker that indeed, the Nica Libre… Read More
After a few months of dealing with a non-life threatening medical condition, (I’ll spare you the gory details), I’m finally back doing what I love most…smoking fine cigars! My first cigar after this short hiatus was new to me, and something I had purchased just prior to my abstention: the Herrera Esteli Norteño Belicoso Fino by… Read More
(In Part 1, we discussed a number of factors that influence cigar flavor. Here, in Part 2, we look at them again, and offer a few new observations on the subject of cigar flavor perception.) After ten years of smoking cigars, I am struck by how every cigar I light has a unique quality that… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
Cigar torch lighters are a finicky bunch. Like stubborn Jack Russell terriers, some seem to obey only when they feel like it. Upon publishing In Pursuit of the Perfect Cigar Lighter, some readers have requested a follow-up article about cigar lighter maintenance. So from my own personal experience with dozens of lighters, and conversations with… Read More