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The 2019 cigar trade show was full of creative collaborations, limited editions, anniversary smokes and vibrant blends f...
07/13/2019
Standout Cigars from the 2019 Trade Show

The 2019 cigar trade show was full of creative collaborations, limited editions, anniversary smokes and vibrant blends for every palate and price point.

The 2019 cigar trade show was full of creative collaborations, limited editions, anniversary smokes and vibrant blends for every palate and price point.

Starting next year, it will be a little more difficult to light up in Atlanta, one of the most smoke-friendly cities in ...
07/13/2019
Atlanta Mayor Signs Smoking Ban Legislation

Starting next year, it will be a little more difficult to light up in Atlanta, one of the most smoke-friendly cities in America. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation that will prohibit smoking in many of the city’s enclosed public areas.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed legislation that will prohibit smoking in many of Atlanta's enclosed public areas, including bars, restaurants and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Most handmade cigars and fine cigar tobacco are born in the tropics, a region prone to hurricanes. The people who make c...
07/13/2019
Five Hurricanes That Changed Cigar History

Most handmade cigars and fine cigar tobacco are born in the tropics, a region prone to hurricanes. The people who make cigars and grow tobacco are no stranger to these powerful storms, and keep an eye on the weather when one is near. Some of these storms were so severe that they reshaped the very cigar world.

Some of these storms were so severe that they reshaped the very cigar world.

Called Short de Punch, the 4 3/4 inch by 50 ring gauge robusto will be introduced this evening at a premier party in Swi...
07/12/2019
New Cuban Punch Short De Punch Premiering In Switzerland

Called Short de Punch, the 4 3/4 inch by 50 ring gauge robusto will be introduced this evening at a premier party in Switzerland at Zurich’s Hotel Storchen.

For the first time in decades, the Cuban Punch brand is getting a new size.

Maintaining proper humidity levels when the temperature outside is hot depends on whether your humidor sits in an air-co...
07/12/2019
How To Maintain Proper Humidity During Warm Months

Maintaining proper humidity levels when the temperature outside is hot depends on whether your humidor sits in an air-conditioned room.

Any tips for maintaining the proper environment in our humidors during the summer?

The Montecristo Supremos Edición Limitada 2019, a 5 inch by 55 ring gauge cigar, has been released at a special event i...
07/11/2019
Cuban Montecristo Supremo Edición Limitada Debuts in Italy

The Montecristo Supremos Edición Limitada 2019, a 5 inch by 55 ring gauge cigar, has been released at a special event in the Lanciano Forum in Castelraimondo, Italy.

The Montecristo Supremos Edición Limitada 2019 has been released at a special event in Italy.

Our results are gleaned from 173 brick-and-mortar cigar shops from small towns and major cities all over the United Stat...
07/11/2019
2019 Retailer Survey: The Best-selling Cigar Brands In America, Market Trends And More

Our results are gleaned from 173 brick-and-mortar cigar shops from small towns and major cities all over the United States—from New York to California, Texas to North Dakota and everywhere in between.

Cigar shop owners from across the United States have spoken: cigar sales are up, and Arturo Fuente is the best-selling handmade brand.

Removing the band after smoking for a few minutes reduces the likelihood of the wrapper leaf being damaged in the proces...
07/11/2019
Should I Remove The Band On My Cigar While Smoking?

Removing the band after smoking for a few minutes reduces the likelihood of the wrapper leaf being damaged in the process.

Why do some people smoke their cigars for a few minutes before removing the band?

Rob Norris, head of Altadis U.S.A. Inc., the makers of non-Cuban versions of Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta cigar brand...
07/10/2019
Rob Norris Leaving Altadis For Canadian Subsidiary

Rob Norris, head of Altadis U.S.A. Inc., the makers of non-Cuban versions of Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta cigar brands, is departing the company and heading north. Norris has accepted a position in Canada with e-cigarette and vaping technology company Fontem Ventures.

Rob Norris, head of Altadis U.S.A. Inc., is departing the company.

Starting next year, it will be a little more difficult to light up in Atlanta, one of the most smoke-friendly cities in ...
07/10/2019
Atlanta Mayor Signs Smoking Ban Legislation

Starting next year, it will be a little more difficult to light up in Atlanta, one of the most smoke-friendly cities in America.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed legislation that will prohibit smoking in many of Atlanta's enclosed public areas, including bars, restaurants and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

New blends, creative collaborations and limited-edition smokes lead the lineup of eye-catching new cigars from this year...
07/10/2019
Standout Cigars from the 2019 Trade Show

New blends, creative collaborations and limited-edition smokes lead the lineup of eye-catching new cigars from this year's trade show.

The 2019 cigar trade show was full of creative collaborations, limited editions, anniversary smokes and vibrant blends for every palate and price point.

For most of its history Trinidad was shrouded in secrecy and mystery. It didn’t become widely known until the 1990s, a...
07/10/2019
The Tale of Trinidad

For most of its history Trinidad was shrouded in secrecy and mystery. It didn’t become widely known until the 1990s, and the cigar as we know it today has only been sold since 1998.

For most of its history Trinidad has been shrouded in secrecy and mystery.

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of one of these factories, we encourage you to stop in, try a smoke and enjoy a...
07/09/2019
50 Factories In The U.S. That Still Make Cigars

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of one of these factories, we encourage you to stop in, try a smoke and enjoy a piece of modern-day Americana.

Today, it’s quite rare to see a cigar factory in the U.S. Regardless of this sad fact, we managed to find 50.

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07/09/2019

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Kurt Russell—“Hollywood’s best kept secret”—has been delivering spot-on performances in a career that has span...
07/09/2019

Kurt Russell—“Hollywood’s best kept secret”—has been delivering spot-on performances in a career that has spanned almost six decades and a variety of acting genres. He returns to the big screen this summer in the most talked about film of 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We sit down with the actor to talk about his distinguished film career and his most-recent collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino. We also step back in time to Cuba before Castro, when Meyer Lanksy and other American mobsters partnered with a vice-friendly government to rule over Havana’s vibrant casino scene. Plus, a look inside Tiger Woods’ stunning Masters Tournament win and the booming world of artisanal Tequila. Look for the issue on newsstands now and check out the table of contents: http://bit.ly/2G3Iirj

A properly lit cigar is important because it means all the components (wrapper, binder and filler) will be evenly lit, t...
07/09/2019
How To Light A Cigar

A properly lit cigar is important because it means all the components (wrapper, binder and filler) will be evenly lit, thus imparting the flavors of the blend as the maker intended them to be experienced.

Follow these simple steps and soon you'll be lighting a cigar like a pro.

Like the famed Cohiba Lancero, the El Rey del Mundo La Reina is made with a pigtail cap. It has a suggested retail price...
07/08/2019
Regional Edition El Rey del Mundo Arrives in the U.K.

Like the famed Cohiba Lancero, the El Rey del Mundo La Reina is made with a pigtail cap. It has a suggested retail price of £33.90 ($43.67) per cigar and comes packaged in 24-count boxes. Only 3,500 boxes will be produced.

The 2018 Cuban Regional Edition El Rey del Mundo has arrived at British cigar shops.

Menelik from Foundation Cigar Company is a soft-pressed petit robusto with a pigtail that measures 4 1/2 inches by 52 ri...
07/08/2019
Foundation Turns Event-Only Menelik Cigar Into Limited Edition

Menelik from Foundation Cigar Company is a soft-pressed petit robusto with a pigtail that measures 4 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge.

The Menelik cigar from Nick Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Co. will turn into a limited-edition smoke this year.

Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the cigar industry’s staunchest allies in Congress, says that the FDA has gone too far in its...
07/08/2019
Sen. Rubio Says Congress Must Save U.S. Cigar Industry

Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the cigar industry’s staunchest allies in Congress, says that the FDA has gone too far in its bid to regulate the cigar industry.

Sen. Marco Rubio says that the FDA has gone too far in its bid to regulate the cigar industry.

Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake.
07/08/2019
How To Spot A Fake Bolivar

Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake.

Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake.

The new cigar from Joya de Nicaragua Cigars is called Número Uno, and it was originally made as a unique gift for diplo...
07/07/2019
Joya de Nicaragua’s Diplomat-Only Cigar Coming to the Masses

The new cigar from Joya de Nicaragua Cigars is called Número Uno, and it was originally made as a unique gift for diplomatic purposes.

What once was a special cigar meant only for Nicaraguan ambassadors to personally hand to world leaders will soon be a smoke anyone can purchase.

E.P. Carrillo is making two new sizes of his two highest-rated blends, La Historia and Encore.
07/07/2019
EPC Cigar Celebrating 10 Years With New Smoke

E.P. Carrillo is making two new sizes of his two highest-rated blends, La Historia and Encore.

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is making two new sizes of his two highest-rated blends, La Historia and Encore.

With a rich counterfeit market hawking fake Cubans throughout the Caribbean and other tourist destinations, it’s easy ...
07/07/2019
10 Quick Ways To Spot A Fake Cuban Cigar

With a rich counterfeit market hawking fake Cubans throughout the Caribbean and other tourist destinations, it’s easy for any cigar enthusiast to get duped into buying a bogus Cuban.

With a rich counterfeit market hawking fake Cubans throughout the Caribbean and other tourist destinations, it’s easy for any cigar enthusiast to get duped into buying a bogus Cuban.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary is rolled with a Corojo wrapper grown in Ecuador along with binder and filler tobacc...
07/06/2019
La Flor Dominicana Celebrates 25 Years With Anniversary Cigar

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary is rolled with a Corojo wrapper grown in Ecuador along with binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.

La Flor Dominicana is introducing a new limited-edition cigar called La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary.

Some of the industry’s offbeat cigars have gained a serious cult following over the years in much the same way cult mo...
07/06/2019
A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars

Some of the industry’s offbeat cigars have gained a serious cult following over the years in much the same way cult movies attract a small, yet passionate fan base.

Some of the industry’s offbeat cigars have gained a serious cult following over the years in much the same way cult movies attract a small, yet passionate fan base.

As cigars dry out under the duress of improper humidification, they lose the oils that carry the vital flavor elements.
07/06/2019
Can Cigars Go Stale And Lose Their Flavor?

As cigars dry out under the duress of improper humidification, they lose the oils that carry the vital flavor elements.

Is it possible for cigars to lose their flavor over time?

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the complianc...
07/05/2019
Cigar Industry Fights to Delay FDA Product Approval Deadline

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the compliance deadlines that had been previously been set for handmade cigars.

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the compliance deadlines that had been previously been set for handmade cigars.

El Rey del Mundo La Reina has a suggested retail price of £33.90 ($43.67) per cigar and comes packaged in 24-count boxe...
07/05/2019
Regional Edition El Rey del Mundo Arrives in the U.K.

El Rey del Mundo La Reina has a suggested retail price of £33.90 ($43.67) per cigar and comes packaged in 24-count boxes. Only 3,500 boxes will be produced.

The 2018 Cuban Regional Edition El Rey del Mundo has arrived at British cigar shops.

NFL star quarterback Cam Newton has opened up a cigar lounge called Fellaship ATL in Atlanta that also offers food and d...
07/05/2019
Review: Fellaship, Atlanta

NFL star quarterback Cam Newton has opened up a cigar lounge called Fellaship ATL in Atlanta that also offers food and drinks in an upscale setting.

NFL star quarterback Cam Newton has opened up a cigar lounge in Atlanta that also offers food and drinks in an upscale setting.

Whether or not you enjoy lighting up the Cuban or non-Cuban version of Montecristo, the brand has an interesting history...
07/05/2019
9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

Whether or not you enjoy lighting up the Cuban or non-Cuban version of Montecristo, the brand has an interesting history. Here's a list of nine facts you may (or may not) know about Montecristo.

Here's a list of nine facts you may (or may not) know about Montecristo, one of the most recognizable cigar brands in the world.

CAO Session from CAO Cigars comes in three sizes: Garage (5 1/4 inches by 54 ring gauge), Bar (6 by 49) and Shop (6 by 6...
07/04/2019
CAO Session Coming From General Cigar

CAO Session from CAO Cigars comes in three sizes: Garage (5 1/4 inches by 54 ring gauge), Bar (6 by 49) and Shop (6 by 60).

The new CAO Session line begins shipping to retailers next week, and unlike most CAO cigars, it’s made in the Dominican Republic, rather than Central America.

It's the #4thofJuly, celebrate with a cigar made in the United States:
07/04/2019
50 Factories In The U.S. That Still Make Cigars

It's the #4thofJuly, celebrate with a cigar made in the United States:

Today, it’s quite rare to see a cigar factory in the U.S. Regardless of this sad fact, we managed to find 50.

Only 3,000 of the decorative porcelain boxes were created, each holding 25 standard Bolivar Belicoso Finos.
07/04/2019
Celebratory Bolivars For Germany’s 5th Avenue

Only 3,000 of the decorative porcelain boxes were created, each holding 25 standard Bolivar Belicoso Finos.

Fifth Avenue Products Trading GmbH is celebrating its 30th anniversary by presenting 25 Bolivar Belicoso Finos in a decorative porcelain package.

Happy #4thofJuly. We've selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them perfectly suited to th...
07/04/2019
Patriotic Smokes for the Fourth of July

Happy #4thofJuly. We've selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them perfectly suited to this most important of U.S. holidays.

We have selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them perfectly suited for Independence Day.

#IndependenceDay is almost here, so we have selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them pe...
07/03/2019
Patriotic Smokes for the Fourth of July

#IndependenceDay is almost here, so we have selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them perfectly suited to this most important of U.S. holidays.

We have selected several standout smokes that have an American theme, making them perfectly suited for Independence Day.

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the complianc...
07/03/2019
Cigar Industry Fights to Delay FDA Product Approval Deadline

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the compliance deadlines that had been previously been set for handmade cigars.

The three major cigar industry associations have filed a motion asking a Washington D.C. court to maintain the compliance deadlines that had been previously been set for handmade cigars.

#IndependenceDay is right around the corner, so how about lighting up an American-made smoke? Here's a list of 50 factor...
07/03/2019
50 Factories In The U.S. That Still Make Cigars

#IndependenceDay is right around the corner, so how about lighting up an American-made smoke? Here's a list of 50 factories in the U.S. that still make cigars.

Today, it’s quite rare to see a cigar factory in the U.S. Regardless of this sad fact, we managed to find 50.

Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.
07/03/2019
What's a Cuban Cigar Factory Name?

Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.

Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Number 6 and LB1 will come in five sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, Churchill Shaggy Foot and Si...
07/02/2019
First Look: New Blends Coming From Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Number 6 and LB1 will come in five sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, Churchill Shaggy Foot and Sixty.

Rocky Patel is set to unveil a pair of completely new cigar brands: Rocky Patel LB1 and Rocky Patel Number 6.

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