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Are you going to punch or cut? In case you think we’re talking about street-fighting strategies, we’re not. And if that was where your mind went, you may want to reevaluate the choices that you’ve...
If you love a good cocktail and a strong cup of coffee, we’re willing to bet you’ve gone the do-it-yourself route and infused some spirits with coffee beans. Surely you’ve at least thought about it,...
If all things were equal, there would only be one size of cigar. But that’s not the way it works. Pipe smokers often select a briar style that complements their facial shapes, but that makes sense;...
If you’ve made a resolution to smoke better cigars this year—and you should—you’ll be excited to hear that a slew of fresh, high-end offerings will soon be available. In March, Pete Johnson’s meaty L...
This coming February marks the Chinese New Year, and following the traditional shengxiao Chinese zodiac, the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. The sheep may not elicit the same excitement as the...
We cigar smokers are a curious lot. Not only do we want to know what the person next to us is smoking, we want to know what cutter is on their table and, for that matter, what lighter they’re using...
Cigars and spirits: It’s a pairing that’s dependable and ingrained in our psyches, thanks to years of pop-culture references. If you’re a cigar smoker, we’re willing to bet there have been times when...
Mauricio Cordoba fidgets in his seat at a corner table of his cigar club. Scanning the room, Club Macanudo ’s general manager takes note of patrons reclining on various leather couches or seated at...
If quality tobacco is a new area of discovery for you and you have an interest in developing a taste for fine cigars, you will find in this video a few suggestions from people whose lives are...
One of the best things about enjoying a good cigar is the people with whom we share that moment. Time has become our scarcest commodity; because of that, an hour spent smoking a fine cigar in good...
One week of professional football is already in the books for the 2014 NFL season, and with it fans across the country have begun what may or may not be regular victory celebrations. Sure, there were...
We love cigars for the way that they enhance a moment, and we found that some of the makers of fine cigars said it best at this year’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers show in Las Vegas...
During the 82nd annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show held in Las Vegas in July, one of the salient topics that came from our conversations with the trade’s exceptional...
During the 82nd annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show held in Las Vegas in July, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the people who make some of the...
Back in the Pleistocene—the 1950s—mildness was the name of the game for most cigar smokers; Candela wrappers, it seemed, were all the rage. Fast-forward 60 years, into the present, and much has...
There was a time when the pipe was considered the intellectual’s smoke. In fact, one pipe company, Peterson of Ireland, even coined a slogan to that effect, calling itself “The Thinking Man’s Pipe.”...
Among the great pleasures associated with pipe smoking are discovering new tobaccos and having passionate conversations about the nuances of each blend. During one of the many frigid days that...
On the road to becoming one of the United States’ most successful self-made entertainers and entrepreneurs, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has coined a number of iconic verses. One in particular, “Remind...
Just like decanting a bold Cabernet or a 20-year port, lighting a cigar takes time. It’s an art that requires patience, but the end result—a perfectly lit cigar—is worth the wait. There are four key...
It’s happened to the best of us. With a supply of distilled water always at the ready—and with extra support from Boveda packs at our disposal— we fight the good fight against evaporation and attempt...
Over the last several years, the popularity of Nicaraguan tobacco has risen dramatically, in part due to the country’s soil, which is similar to that of Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo district. Because of this...
When we think of Thanksgiving, we can’t help but think of a grand holiday meal. On a day when overindulging is rarely scoffed at—heck, it’s almost encouraged—an equally big and bold cigar is the...
The story is legendary among cigar enthusiasts: In 1962, with the stroke of a pen, President John F. Kennedy signed a decree banning the import of all Cuban products to the United States. This, of...
During the final night gala at the Habanos Festival in Cuba each winter, an auction of serious collector humidors and cigars—think Romeo y Julieta cabinets stocked with more than 300 smokes—draws the...
Along with carts and clubs, a commonly encountered item on any golf course worth its greens fees is cigars. It seems most duffers cannot play their best game without one. But not just any cigar—it...
Even back in the days when he was producing La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto Perez-Carrillowas not known for creating mild cigars. Now that he has established his own company, Perez-Carrillo maintains that...
Cigar smokers have cause to be especially joyous this season, for not since the Great Cigar Boom of the 1990s has such an abundance of hand-rolled riches been laid before them. This bounty has...
Pepin Garcia and his family-owned My Father Cigars company in Estelí, Nicaragua, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest cigars inside or outside of Cuba, the island...
Given the ongoing presence of vampires in the media, plus a fascination with the zombie apocalypse, few cigars are more timely yet surrealistic than those by Paul Stulac , with their gothic gold,...
Although the late William S. Paley founded the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1928, he got his start in business working at his father’s cigar company and selling radio advertising for the...

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