Cigar Store Etiquette

Let’s be honest – when you walk into a well-stocked humidor, it may feel a little bit like Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade’ – cigars to the left of you, cigars to the right of you.  Dozens of brands [Read more…]

How Long Does it Take to Smoke a Cigar?

This is a surprisingly common question I get but it is an almost impossible answer. My friend Tommy laughs when I can make a smoke last as long as the “recommended smoke time.”

In a nutshell, the bigger they are the longer they smoke (like you had to go to a Cigar site to figure that out, huh?). Ok, ok, here are few benchmarks…

Presidente (8” – 10”) – about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Double Corona, Churchill, Lonsdale (7 ½” – 8”) – about 45 minutes to an hour.

Corona Grandes, Corona Extra, Rubusto, Belicoso, Pyramid (5”-7”) – about 30 – 45 minutes.

Petite Corona, Culebra, Ascot – under 30 minutes.

Made in Cuba or Made in Havana?

You may have seen or heard two different terms when describing Cuban Cigars. “Made in Cuba” and “Made in Havana.”

The two words are interchangeable and in either case come from the island of Cuba. The term “Made in Havana” is largely due to the fact that most Cuban cigars are made in or around Havana.

Besides, it sounds way better than “Made in Wells, NV.”

Where Did Punch Cigar Get Its Name?

punchandjudyYou wouldn’t think a cartoon character would be the inspiration of cigar line, but that is exactly where Punch got its name around 1840. 

The name Punch was taken from an English humor magazine (and a very popular puppet show)

The character “Punch” smoked and stogie and repeatedly hit everyone with his club. You may vaguely recall the names “Punch and Judy” as they were seldem apart. 

How to Age a Cigar

Whether or not you choose to age your cigars – in a humidor, a tupperdor, an igloodor, or a ziplock freezer bag — is strictly a matter of personal choice.  Cigars are like wines – some people like the simple bright taste of the latest Beaujolais Nouveau, while others favor the deep, rich flavor of a vintage Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a matter of taste – YOURS. [Read more…]

Cigar Do’s and Don’ts

The sum and total of cigar knowledge, lore, etiquette and practical advice could fill dozens and dozens of books.  True cigar aficionados aren’t born; they’re bred with a body of knowledge that is the product of their experience.

But if you had to extract the essentials, it would look something like this: [Read more…]

How to Cut a Cigar

Here’s the skinny on using a simple, single-blade cutter:

A cigar has two ends – the Foot (already cut) and the Head (sealed and uncut). You will be cutting the head. [Read more…]

Hold the Mold!

Mold!

Horrors!  You open your humidor to grab and smoke and what do you find?  Mold!  To break the “mold-cycle,” you’ll need to get all potentially contaminated cigars out of your “regular” system while you clean it out.  

While you’re cleaning your humidor, you’ll have to find temporary quarters for your cigars.  First, wipe off the contaminated cigars with a clean paper towel, slightly moistened with distilled water. (Be careful – you don’t want to get the cigars any soggier than they already are!)  Separate the cigars you know were contaminated from the others. Smoke them as soon as possible. [Read more…]

Thank You for Ordering Cigar Secrets

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All the best,

Fred

Cigar Talk…Rising X Opus

The Rising X is the one Opus X that is not aged . It was made for Hurricane Katrina and was called the Katrina Cigar that’s why it is shaped as a perfecto and a pigtail to give it that rising look.