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Video | Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje Cigars talks about competing on the international market with Cuban cigars: http:...
05/06/2019

Video | Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje Cigars talks about competing on the international market with Cuban cigars: http://bit.ly/2USU7VK

Colorado Senators have struck down a measure that sought to ask voters to approve a tax increase on handmade cigars and ...
05/06/2019
Colorado Senate Nixes Cigar Tax Proposal

Colorado Senators have struck down a measure that sought to ask voters to approve a tax increase on handmade cigars and other nicotine products.

Colorado Senators have struck down a measure that sought to ask voters to approve a tax increase on handmade cigars and other nicotine products.

How well do you know Montecristo? Here are 9 facts you may not know about one of the most recognizable cigar brands in t...
05/06/2019
9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

How well do you know Montecristo? Here are 9 facts you may not know about one of the most recognizable cigar brands in the world.

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.

A recent Fuente charity dinner and auction at New York City’s Grand Havana Room raised close to $300,000 for charity. ...
05/05/2019
Fuente Dinner Raises Nearly $300,000 For Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

A recent Fuente charity dinner and auction at New York City’s Grand Havana Room raised close to $300,000 for charity. Rare and unreleased OpusX cigars were handed out to guests.

Fuente held a charity dinner and auction at New York City’s Grand Havana Room last week, raising close to $300,000 for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

New World Redondo measures 6 1/2 inches by 55 ring gauge and is made with all Nicaraguan tobacco. Only 1,000 boxes of th...
05/05/2019
A.J. Fernandez New World Redondo Ships To TAA Retailers

New World Redondo measures 6 1/2 inches by 55 ring gauge and is made with all Nicaraguan tobacco. Only 1,000 boxes of this limited-edition smoke were produced.

First shipments of the A.J. Fernandez New World Redondo went out to retailers yesterday. The cigar is made exclusively for retail members of the TAA.

When smoking a premium cigar, some like to keep the band on, but others like to take it off. Is this "right" or "wrong" ...
05/05/2019
Should I Remove The Band On My Cigar While Smoking?

When smoking a premium cigar, some like to keep the band on, but others like to take it off. Is this "right" or "wrong" cigar etiquette?

Keep the band on your cigar or take it off; it's entirely up to you.

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Se...
05/04/2019
Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Goes Dark

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Selection that will wear a shade-grown Corojo maduro cover leaf.

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Selection that will wear a shade-grown Corojo maduro cover leaf.

Finish is a tasting term. A common word used by wine tasters, it refers to the taste that lingers on the palate after yo...
05/04/2019
What Does A Cigar's "Finish" Actually Mean?

Finish is a tasting term. A common word used by wine tasters, it refers to the taste that lingers on the palate after you've swallowed, or spit, a sip of wine.

You often refer to a cigar's 'finish' in your tasting notes. Can you define this term for me?

From the Archives: Get ready for today's #KentuckyDerby with six refreshing Mint Julep cocktail variations. ⁣
05/04/2019
Six Mint Julep Cocktail Variations for the Kentucky Derby

From the Archives: Get ready for today's #KentuckyDerby with six refreshing Mint Julep cocktail variations. ⁣

True horse-racing enthusiasts may be few and far and between (and successful bettors even rarer), but tomorrow's 141st Kentucky Derby brings out the fan and bettor in many of us. While we won't all…

If you examine the most famous movie moments involving cigars, you find themes that tie them together.
05/03/2019
Cigars In The Movies

If you examine the most famous movie moments involving cigars, you find themes that tie them together.

Cigars and the silver screen have had a love affair almost from the beginning. But far from being typecast, these burning costars have played a range of roles.

Called Redondo, meaning “round” in Spanish, the cigar measures 6 1/2 inches by 55 ring gauge and retails for $8 each...
05/03/2019
A.J. Fernandez New World Redondo Ships To TAA Retailers

Called Redondo, meaning “round” in Spanish, the cigar measures 6 1/2 inches by 55 ring gauge and retails for $8 each. It comes in 20-count boxes and is made with all Nicaraguan tobacco.

First shipments of the A.J. Fernandez New World Redondo went out to retailers yesterday. The cigar is made exclusively for retail members of the TAA.

From the Archives: Since 1938, the Kentucky Derby and the Mint Julep have had an official relationship, making it one of...
05/03/2019
Six Mint Julep Cocktail Variations for the Kentucky Derby

From the Archives: Since 1938, the Kentucky Derby and the Mint Julep have had an official relationship, making it one of the world's foremost event-related drinks.

True horse-racing enthusiasts may be few and far and between (and successful bettors even rarer), but tomorrow's 141st Kentucky Derby brings out the fan and bettor in many of us. While we won't all…

While tubos offer a handy way to transport cigars, you may want to rethink where you store them longterm.
05/03/2019
Is it OK to Store Cigars in Tubos Outside of Your Humidor?

While tubos offer a handy way to transport cigars, you may want to rethink where you store them longterm.

Cigar tubes are wondrous devices, and when properly sealed at the factory they'll keep a cigar moist outside of a humidor for quite some time. Problem is, they're not always properly sealed.

NFL star quarterback Cam Newton is officially opening his high-end cigar lounge, Fellaship, tonight in Atlanta.
05/02/2019
Cam Newton’s Atlanta Cigar Bar Opens Tonight

NFL star quarterback Cam Newton is officially opening his high-end cigar lounge, Fellaship, tonight in Atlanta.

After a soft opening back in February for the Super Bowl, NFL star quarterback Cam Newton’s high-end cigar lounge, Fellaship, is officially opening its doors tonight in Atlanta.

Alec Bradley has announced Project 40, a new value-priced brand that will begin to ship globally in mid-May.
05/02/2019
Alec Bradley Value-Priced Project 40 Shipping in May

Alec Bradley has announced Project 40, a new value-priced brand that will begin to ship globally in mid-May.

Alec Bradley has announced Project 40, a new value-priced brand that will begin to ship globally in mid-May.

The story of Imperial is one of mergers and acquisitions, deals that have both built the company’s impressive library ...
05/02/2019
A Timeline Of How Imperial Brands Came To Be

The story of Imperial is one of mergers and acquisitions, deals that have both built the company’s impressive library of cigar brands and have changed the very structure of the company, including the name itself.

A look at the history of Imperial Brands, which recently announced its intentions to sell its premium cigar division.

Imperial announced the intent to get out of the premium cigar business, calling the move part of a £2 billion ($2.6 bil...
05/02/2019
Imperial Brands Selling Its Premium Cigar Business

Imperial announced the intent to get out of the premium cigar business, calling the move part of a £2 billion ($2.6 billion) divestment program.

Imperial Brands PLC intends to sell its premium cigar business, a company that includes two major cigar factories, one of the world’s largest cigar retail chains, 50 percent of Cuba’s Habanos S.A.…

Here's the long (and short) on the different type of leaves used in various cigars. http://bit.ly/2Fd02S6
05/02/2019

Here's the long (and short) on the different type of leaves used in various cigars. http://bit.ly/2Fd02S6

New Video: Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje Cigars talks about competing on the international market with Cuban cigars: ht...
05/01/2019

New Video: Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje Cigars talks about competing on the international market with Cuban cigars: http://bit.ly/2USU7VK

The Montecristo Gran Pirámides are packaged in a box that looks like a book called a tomo, or volume.
05/01/2019
Cuba’s New $258 Montecristo

The Montecristo Gran Pirámides are packaged in a box that looks like a book called a tomo, or volume.

The Cuban Montecristo Gran Pirámides, part of the limited Colección Habanos series, have finally started to reach retail shops across the globe—and they’re not cheap.

In the last three months, between Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider tastings, we’ve reviewed a total of 131 cigars. W...
05/01/2019
Seven Fine Cigars For $7 Or Less

In the last three months, between Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider tastings, we’ve reviewed a total of 131 cigars. We analyzed those ratings to find the best bangs for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve your attention.

We analyzed recent ratings to find the best cigars for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve your attention.

Residents of Colorado may have a say in whether or not to raise the state’s cigar tax after a pair of lawmakers recent...
04/30/2019
Colorado Looks To Raise Cigar Taxes

Residents of Colorado may have a say in whether or not to raise the state’s cigar tax after a pair of lawmakers recently introduced a bill that seeks to put the issue on next November’s ballot.

Residents of Colorado may have a say in whether or not to raise the state’s cigar tax after a pair of lawmakers recently introduced a bill that seeks to put the issue on next November’s ballot.

Cigars and the silver screen have had a love affair almost from the beginning. But far from being typecast, these burnin...
04/30/2019
Cigars In The Movies

Cigars and the silver screen have had a love affair almost from the beginning. But far from being typecast, these burning costars have played a range of roles.

Cigars and the silver screen have had a love affair almost from the beginning. But far from being typecast, these burning costars have played a range of roles.

Formerly a secret smoke, Trinidad, which once commanded prices of $700 per cigar, turns 50 years old.
04/30/2019
The Tale of Trinidad

Formerly a secret smoke, Trinidad, which once commanded prices of $700 per cigar, turns 50 years old.

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

Britain's Imperial Brands PLC intends to sell its premium cigar business, a company that includes two major cigar factor...
04/30/2019
Imperial Brands Selling Its Premium Cigar Business

Britain's Imperial Brands PLC intends to sell its premium cigar business, a company that includes two major cigar factories, one of the world’s largest cigar retail chains, 50 percent of Cuba’s Habanos S.A. and Altadis U.S.A. Inc., the company that makes and markets a treasure-trove of non-Cuban cigar brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and H. Upmann.

Imperial Brands PLC intends to sell its premium cigar business, a company that includes two major cigar factories, one of the world’s largest cigar retail chains, 50 percent of Cuba’s Habanos S.A.…

Carson Serino talks about his introduction to the cigar industry, his tobacco blending philosophy and his plans for an u...
04/30/2019
Q&A: Carson Serino, Serino Cigar Co.

Carson Serino talks about his introduction to the cigar industry, his tobacco blending philosophy and his plans for an upcoming cigar project.

Carson Serino is the vice president of Serino Cigar Co., a company headed by his father Anthony Philip Serino. The father-and-son team launched Serino Cigar Co. in 2016, after meeting Omar…

The measure would raise the state tax on cigars to 62 percent of the manufacturer’s price.
04/29/2019
Colorado Looks To Raise Cigar Taxes

The measure would raise the state tax on cigars to 62 percent of the manufacturer’s price.

Residents of Colorado may have a say in whether or not to raise the state’s cigar tax after a pair of lawmakers recently introduced a bill that seeks to put the issue on next November’s ballot.

We analyzed our recent ratings to find the best cigars for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve...
04/29/2019
Seven Fine Cigars For $7 Or Less

We analyzed our recent ratings to find the best cigars for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve your attention.

We analyzed recent ratings to find the best cigars for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve your attention.

Different smoking conditions call for different lighters. Sometimes you want the gentle touch of a soft-flame lighter. A...
04/29/2019
Le Grand S.T. Dupont

Different smoking conditions call for different lighters. Sometimes you want the gentle touch of a soft-flame lighter. At others, a powerful torch is the only answer. Le Grand S.T. Dupont packs both flames and always provides the perfect toast to the tobacco.

Sometimes you want the gentle touch of a soft-flame lighter. At others, a powerful torch is the only answer. Le Grand S.T. Dupont offers both.

Between the warehouse and the rolling room, tobacco leaves are moistened so they become workable. This process is called...
04/29/2019
Casing the Cigar

Between the warehouse and the rolling room, tobacco leaves are moistened so they become workable. This process is called "casing."

What does the term "casing" mean?

The dark smokes are cloaked in Ecuadoran Sumatra wrappers, with Dominican binders and a four-country filler blend contai...
04/28/2019
New 107 Zeppelin Perfectos Coming To U.S. From La Aurora

The dark smokes are cloaked in Ecuadoran Sumatra wrappers, with Dominican binders and a four-country filler blend containing leaves from Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

La Aurora S.A., makers of the Preferidos series of bomb-shaped perfectos, has come out with a new perfecto called the La Aurora 107 Zeppelin.

The battle for Winterfell starts tonight. What cigar would your favorite #GameofThrones character smoke before the Night...
04/28/2019
What Cigar Would Your Favorite "Game of Thrones" Character Smoke?

The battle for Winterfell starts tonight. What cigar would your favorite #GameofThrones character smoke before the Night King arrives?

“Game of Thrones” is back, and we took the liberty of pairing some of our favorite characters with a cigar that they would likely enjoy.

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Se...
04/27/2019
Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Goes Dark

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Selection that will wear a shade-grown Corojo maduro cover leaf.

Aganorsa Leaf is set to debut a new brand this summer called Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, a follow-up to Signature Selection that will wear a shade-grown Corojo maduro cover leaf.

This week, five members of the premium, handrolled cigar industry in the Dominican Republic met with the country’s Pre...
04/27/2019
Cigarmakers Discuss FDA Regulations With Dominican Republic President

This week, five members of the premium, handrolled cigar industry in the Dominican Republic met with the country’s President, Danilo Medina, to discuss concerns over FDA regulations in the United States and its economic impact to the Dominican Republic.

This week, five members of the premium, handrolled cigar industry in the Dominican Republic met with the country’s President, Danilo Medina, to discuss concerns over FDA regulations in the United…

Blue mold, or Peronopora hyoscyami, is an airborne fungus that is common in tobacco fields around the world.
04/27/2019
What Is Blue Mold?

Blue mold, or Peronopora hyoscyami, is an airborne fungus that is common in tobacco fields around the world.

What exactly is blue mold?

This week, Oliva Cigar Co. is sponsoring a cigar display at the Longines Master Series in New York. The event runs April...
04/26/2019
Oliva Cigars At Longines Masters

This week, Oliva Cigar Co. is sponsoring a cigar display at the Longines Master Series in New York. The event runs April 25 to April 28 at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

The Longines Masters Series of equestrian jumping features the noble sport of horse jumping. Now, it also has superb cigars.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has filed a measure that aims to place a series of onerous restrictions on premium, handmade ciga...
04/26/2019
Bill Seeks to Ban Online Cigar Sales, Flavored Cigars and Boost User Fees

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has filed a measure that aims to place a series of onerous restrictions on premium, handmade cigars, including banning all Internet cigar sales as well as making the sale of flavored cigars in any form illegal.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has filed a measure that aims to place a series of onerous restrictions on premium, handmade cigars, including banning all Internet cigar sales as well as making the sale of…

If you examine the most famous movie moments involving cigars, you find themes that tie them together.
04/26/2019
Cigars In The Movies

If you examine the most famous movie moments involving cigars, you find themes that tie them together.

Cigars and the silver screen have had a love affair almost from the beginning. But far from being typecast, these burning costars have played a range of roles.

At 6 1/4 inches by 57 ring gauge, the Montecristo Gran Pirámide is a longer, thicker and beefed up version of the class...
04/26/2019
Cuba’s New $258 Montecristo

At 6 1/4 inches by 57 ring gauge, the Montecristo Gran Pirámide is a longer, thicker and beefed up version of the classic Montecristo No. 2, which measures 6 1/8 by 52.

The Cuban Montecristo Gran Pirámides, part of the limited Colección Habanos series, have finally started to reach retail shops across the globe—and they’re not cheap.

It can be difficult to track down a good bargain in your local cigar shop, especially when you tack on both federal and ...
04/25/2019
Seven Fine Cigars For $7 Or Less

It can be difficult to track down a good bargain in your local cigar shop, especially when you tack on both federal and state taxes to the final price. Nonetheless, there are still many cigars on the market that are excellent in quality, but won’t break the bank.

We analyzed recent ratings to find the best cigars for the buck among them, the top value-priced smokes that deserve your attention.

The Project 40 blend consists of Nicaraguan filler and a Habano-seed Brazilian binder, all covered by a reddish, colorad...
04/25/2019
Alec Bradley Value-Priced Project 40 Shipping in May

The Project 40 blend consists of Nicaraguan filler and a Habano-seed Brazilian binder, all covered by a reddish, colorado wrapper from Nicaragua.

Alec Bradley has announced Project 40, a new value-priced brand that will begin to ship globally in mid-May.

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