Category Archives: Cigar Tips
The proper place to cut depends on the cigar. First you need to closely examine the head of the cigar. You are looking to see just how far the cap (this is the round of tobacco used to seal the head) extends down the barrel. On a parejo (a parallel-sided cigar) this is typically 1/4" – 3/8"; wherever the caps stops you should regard as your limit as to how far down you should cut.
The best cut is one above this "cap line" that will open up 75%-85% of the cigar's surface. You want as large an open cut as possible so as to allow for an easy draw, but you do not want to cut beneath the cap line as the cigar may start to unravel on you. Sometimes this means a thin cut of 1/32" is perfect, while other times you may need to cut 3/8" – it depends entirely on each cigar's construction.
Storing cigars is not as complicated as it seems. It is not all that difficult if you abide by a few simple rules.
Storing cigars in their original boxes is recommended, rather than on open display shelves. The first thing to know is that cigars should ideally stay in a humidor until they’re ready to be smoked
When it comes to storing cigars, liken it to fine wine; it must be preserved in an environment that protects it from changes in climate such as humidity, temperature variations, and light and intrusive odors.
They say that wine only gets better with age, well so does a Cuban cigar!
We love cigars – but what makes a good one ?
Cigars have long been associated with the rich and powerful, with relaxation and rich flavor. Cigar aficionados have created a culture around the art of smoking, assembling various theories and accessories to debate and facilitate smoking. Much like wine tasting, cigar smoking has been seen as a diversion of the upper echelons of society.
Some simple precautions can make a difference to those around who have not discovered the joy of a good cigar – and stop us from getting a bad name !
Smoking cigars may be a great source of pleasure in your life, but the courteous smoker knows that not everyone enjoys the taste (or smell!) of a good Cuban. With the fervor of anti-smoking campaigns still in full swing, the importance of enjoying a good stogie while not offending others cannot be stressed enough.
Having just returned from Cuba on a business trip, I offer the following to those who may be interested in my experiences in buying cigars in Cuba.
I had a free weekend to spend in Havana, and a very specific list of cigars I wished to purchase. Here are some things that I learned:
For many new smokers, learning how to light the cigar can seem as daunting as learning to choose a good single.
Here are four tips to guide you in lighting a cigar for the first time.
It is widely known that Cuban cigars are the most coveted cigars, renowned worldwide for their smoothness and rich flavors. Indeed, Cuban cigars are so prized that many illegitimate dealers have been known to sell fake Cubans to unsuspecting cigar smokers.
How do you tell if what you have is a fake or the real thing? First, make certain that you purchase your cigars from a legitimate dealer. Buying from your local tobacconist or a reputable mail order business can protect you from forking your money over for a box of fake cigars.