How NOT To Cut a Cigar

As I sat down enjoying a cigar and beverage late the other evening, a stranger sat down and offered to buy my a drink. Nothing creepy, they just recognized me and wanted to chat a bit.

That was cool. I am always up for some cigar talk as well as a free beverage.

I then offered my new found friend a cigar. He did not have any “tools” to light it up, so I handed over my personal cutter and lighter.

Mistake Number One..

The person said they didn’t need the cutter – He then proceeded to bite off the end of the cigar.

That hurt.

For starters, it was a good stick. Secondly, this act was the swan song to his telling me what a “cigar aficionado” he was.

There a a million posts on how to pick out a good cigar cutter and use it properly.

Here is what NOT to do…

Don’t bite off the end

Don’t use a key as a punch

Don’t take off the entire cap of the cigar (check out the example in that cool professional photo I found).

That is pretty much it. Use a cutter and remember that you can always cut more off if you decide you need to.

Here endeth the lesson.

 

Nomad Cigar Company Forges New Ground On Twitter

It is not easy in the cigar world to be the “first” at something.

The Nomad Cigar Company was not the first to introduce a great cigar. No, many companies have gone down that road.

Nor did Nomad become the first to create a cigar band, box, Facebook fan page, or even try and leverage social media.

No, the Nomad Cigar Company took things a bit further.

If you look closely at every Nomad cigar band, you will see two words. One is the unmistakable “Nomad” in big letters. The other, slightly off to the side, is the word, “@Godfadr.”

“@Godfadr” is the personal Twitter account for the company’s founder and President, Fred “Godfadr” Rewey.

There are other cigar companies using Twitter, but no one had been that in-your-face about creating an immediate access experience with the cigar maker.

We caught up with the “Godfadr” and asked him the story behind the band.

“Early on, when we were playing with different shapes and sizes, I was smoking a cigar at a local hangout outside of Orlando, FL. I gave the guy next to me a cigar. At the time, there were not even any bands on it.

He loved the cigar and preceded to take out his phone, look me up on Twitter, take a photo and post it to his Twitter account. Almost immediately after that, I received great comments and feedback from other cigar smokers.

At the time, I was always looking for opportunities to convey my “total access” philosophy; I wanted to personally stay in touch and communicate with people smoking Nomad cigars.

I thought, why not put it on the band? – it has been a great experience ever since”

Whatever the story of “how” it came to be, there is no doubt that it helps tie together a segment of cigar smokers that may not have the ability to hang out with a local group; let alone the founder of a cigar company.

Next time you light up a Nomad Cigar try tweeting @Godfadr. Just don’t be surprised when he replies.

Xikar 3D Mayan Cigar Cutter

I am not going to lie, this has to be the coolest cutter I have ever owned. For a couple reasons…

1. Xikar makes great cutters. Period. – If you are like me, you have seen a variety of neat looking cutters that just come up short (no pun intended) when it comes to the actual cutting portion. I have yet to have a Xikar cutter fail in the cutting department.

2. The 3D Mayan cigar cutter is a work of art – before you ever start cutting. Half cutter, half sculpture. Even the weight of it is noticeably heavier than the average cutter.

3. So far, knock on wood, I have not run into another one. It is a real attention getter – so much so you might want to consider keeping it on a chain.

We have seen these as high at $250 retail. I picked mine off Amazon for $179.00. Although somewhat pricey for the average recreational cigar smoker, it just may be the last cutter you ever buy.

It comes in a gift box with a certificate to redeem a free Sting-Ray cutter sheath.

Not sure how long you can grab them for the same price I did…so good luck.

Can You Really Get Premium Cigars for $20 a Box??

I get a kick out of the weekly emails sent out by cigar companies. This morning was,  “Grab this box of premium cigars for only $20 a box!”

Oh, and did I mention they were also going to throw in a humidor and lighter?

WOW! What a deal right?

Not really.

I get sick and tired of hearing about people that are disappointed with cigars just because they were chasing some ridiculous low price.

If I sold you a car for $10,000 and threw in a boat and RV would you think you were getting a good car? Of course not. Why do you think the cigar world operates any different.

The fact of the matter is that the cigars typically suck. Big time.

So the would-be cigar smoker ends up throwing half of them away or decides that they just can’t get a good cigar anymore.

Here is what I recommend;

Stop chasing the incredible $2.00 a stick deal that comes with “free stuff.”

If it is a budget issue for you, then smoke less, but get better cigars. You will enjoy the cigar experience a ton more (even if it is slightly less often).

If this sounds like a rant, it is.

I started the Nomad Cigar Company to try and stop people from chasing crappy cigars. No, you won’t find a $2 cigar over at Nomad…and I am not going to apologize for that fact either. Sure I have plenty of deals over there (like with the Fugitive club you can earn free cigars just for referring friends) – but I will never sacrifice quality.

Too many of these high-volume online shops take their dried out cigars that have been sitting in the back office and make them “specials.”

Really. You deserve better than that.

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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