The Weight of Cigar Smoke

Hang around a cigar shop long enough and you will no doubt run into the old question, “Can you figure the weight of cigar smoke?”

The conversation starts out light enough (no pun intended) but it can get serious real quick as more and more people weigh in (pun intended).

First off, here is the history.

Rumor is, Sir Walter Raleigh once said that a large portion of a cigar is “smoke” and that he could effectively weigh it.

Here is what he did…

1. Weighed the cigar before smoking.

2. Smoked the cigar while carefully saving all of the ash created.

3. Weighed the ash (along with the remaining butt).

4. Subtracted the end weight (ash and butt) from the start weight (whole cigar).

5. The difference, he surmised, was the “weight of cigar smoke.”

Sounds simple enough huh? Probably best to leave it at that.

Enter the geeks…

As the evening progresses (and possibly some drinks) someone in the crowd knows more than they should and still gets an issue of popular science delivered to their home.

Then something like this comes up…

“But what is ash? I mean generally there are oxides of Si, P, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, and K. You need to consider what those elements were bound to before combustion. You also need to consider the temperature and pressure of the surrounding environment. I suppose a muffle furnace would suffice.”

What the hell?

OK Sheldon, sit down in your favorite cigar chair and shut up. Sheesh. Some people take all the fun out of it.

 

The Best Cigars for the Money

It seems that some people just have too much money. And I don’t necessarily mean “wealthy.”

No, I mean people that just throw money away when it comes to picking out a decent cigar.

There are two ways to blow money when it comes to buying cigars.

1. Buy overpriced cigars or

2. Buy cigars that are too cheap.

Frankly, I am not sure which is the greater sin, so let’s start with the first one.

Twenty years ago, things were different. Your cigar choices were limited in two ways. One, there were just a lot less cigars out there and two, you were pretty much victim to whatever your local cigar shop deemed appropriate to carry.

That has changed.

There are lots of cigar companies out there…big and small. The big boys like Avo are putting out quality cigars at a variety of price points. New start-ups like NomadCigarCompany.com have figured out how to create quality cigars and an amazing price.

So, at the end of the day, you don’t need to pay $20 a stick for a quality cigar. Heck, you don’t even have to pay $15.

Secondly, stop chasing cigar that are under $4.00 a stick. I mean really. What kind of quality do you really think you are getting? For the most part (and yes, there are a couple of exceptions but probably not yours) anything under $4.00 a stick is the bologna of the cigar world – you just don’t know what you are getting.

My advice to the first group is try some lesser expensive cigars. Stop trying to prove yourself to the world via showing off the right “label” and actually enjoy a better smoke.

As for the second group. If it is a budget issue, just skip a cigar here and there and double your budget. You will have a much better cigar experience and stop blowing money on crappy sticks.

Nomad Cigar Company Hits The Cigar Scene

Orlando, FL (March 28, 2012) – This March, Fred Rewey, founder and president of Nomad Cigar Company, Inc., introduced his first line of Nomad cigars.

Created in the heart of the Dominican Republic, Nomad’s initial offering comes in 5 shapes and each cigar showcases Dominican filler and binder with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

Nomad’s founder was adamant about focusing on the quality of the cigars first, and letting the price points fall where they must. Fred stated, “It doesn’t do any good staying focused on a [low] price point if you can’t deliver a solid cigar. Fortunately, at the end of the day, we were able to procure amazing tobacco and deliver it at an affordable price.”

Nomad’s flagship cigar is called the “Fugitive.” The 2012 Limited Edition is 5 7/8” in length with a max ring size of 64.  The Fugitive has a unique feature being tapered on both ends.

Also included in the initial line:

The “Drifter.” – Full 6” in length and a 60 Ring gauge.

The “Navigator” – A 6” Torpedo

The Renegade – A traditional 5 ½” x 54 Robusto

The Vagabond – 4 5/8” in length with a max ring size of 54 (also tapered on both ends).

The cigars are presented either in boxes or cellophane-bundled (online orders are “bundled” until late April).

Nomad also set out to shake up the cigar buying experience in two ways. One, people can go online and register for Nomad’s “Fugitive Club,” a cigar referral program that enables smokers to gain points and redeem for Nomad swag or even cigars. Secondly, Fred personally signs each order and Nomad has been known to throw “something extra” in the cigar orders – just to say thanks.

Nomad was focused on two factors from the very beginning; the cigars themselves and creating an unprecedented access to the company. It appears that they have accomplished both.

If cigar buyers are unable to find a retail location in their area currently carrying the Nomad line, they are also offered direct on Nomad’s website at www.NomadCigarCompany.com

Contact:

Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company

Twitter: @Godfadr

Godfadr@NomadCigarCompany.com

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What Dad really for Fathers Day is some great cigars to add to his humidor. So forget getting Dad yet another tie that he will no doubt only wear when someone makes him.

Here are five great choices you can pick up this year for Dad (in no particular order).

Liga Privada Flying Pig / Drew Estate – Not for beginners, this cigar is a hot seller among those preferring a full body smoke.

Nomad Renegade / Nomad Cigar Company* – From what we understand, the Renegade contains the same blend as the rest of Nomad line…and yet, this one has risen to the top.

San Lotano Oval / AJ FernandezWhat? It is oval? Yea. You know, odd shaped, kind of like Dad himself.

Alec Bradley Tempus / Alec BradleyTough to single out an Alec Bradley that Dad will love…this one will surely do the trick!

Room 101 OSOK / Camacho – One Shot, One Kill (OSOK). Dad will like the name alone.

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