Cigar 101

  1. A Guide to Cigar Strength

    A Guide to Cigar Strength
    Cigars vary widely in terms of strength. Some people prefer the full-bodied, strong taste of a cigar, whereas others may gravitate more towards a mild, yet satisfying smoke. We all have our preferences, and sometimes the occasion, time of day or accompanying drink may dictate the strength of the cigar we choose to light up. If you’re new to the...
  2. La Corona “Club King” 1950 Vintage Review

    La Corona “Club King” 1950 Vintage Review
    La Corona “Club King” 1950 Reviewed by Nic Barker.   Length: 5 ¼” Ring gauge: 44 Vitola: Eminentes Just shy of the classic Corona format’s length, but with a slightly heavier ring gauge, this box-pressed beauty sports a mottled claro wrapper leaf, and a light springiness to the touch.   The first draw once lit feels perfect, with a subtle...
  3. Habanos Festival XXI 18th February – 22nd February 2019

    Habanos Festival XXI 18th February – 22nd February 2019
    2019 sees Cuba celebrates the 500th anniversary of the City of Havana. A nation with a magnificent history, and at times a convoluted history, put on a week to remember as they organised events from sunrise to well after sunset for the 21st Habanos Festival. The Gala Dinner The grandiose closing spectacle did not disappoint as the 21st Habanos Festival...
  4. Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013

    Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013
    Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013   Wednesday night was dedicated to the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013. Coming in their most revered vitola, double corona - 7.6’’ (194mm) x 49 ring gauge, this is the first time the Hoyo brand has been granted the Gran Reserva status.   The Gran Reserva cigars are...
  5. Journey to the heart of Nicaragua: Part 2

    Journey to the heart of Nicaragua: Part 2
    Anatomy of a tobacco nation There are four fundamental regions in Nicaragua where cigars are grown or produced. The main spot is Estelí Valley, known today as the modern global hub of tobacco. It is here where most factories are located. The soil of this area is clayey and the tobacco sweet with earthy and spicy notes. Jalapa, which means...
  6. Journey to the heart of Nicaragua: Part 1

    Journey to the heart of Nicaragua: Part 1
    Destination Nicaragua Traditionally, the Habanos have been the first choice of cigar smokers and connoisseurs. No doubt that the Cuban Black Tobacco is very tasty and has unique flavour, and that the Caribbean island can show a very old culture of cultivating tobacco as well as crafting cigars.   But in the last few years, another country has emerged in...
  7. The Joy of Flavour Part 1: Nutty

    The Joy of Flavour Part 1: Nutty
    Of all the joys in life, one of the biggest is the multitude of flavours that humans have access to, including that enjoyed from cigars. From Cuban cigars to Nicaraguan cigars, to Dominican Republic cigars. The average person has approximately 10,000 taste buds, which are replaced every 2 weeks, with the tongue also being split up into 5 flavours. Many...
  8. Cigar 101: How Soil Affects Cigar Flavours

    Cigar 101: How Soil Affects Cigar Flavours
    From Cohiba cigars to Bolivars,  when you are enjoying a cigar, you expect it to have particular elements, from fantastic burning to deep flavours. However, there are a number of factors that can affect the flavours of your cigar. We have previously had a brief look at the ways in which soil can affect your cigar flavours but, in this...
  9. Top Cigars that Offer the Longest Smoking Experience

    Top Cigars that Offer the Longest Smoking Experience
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  10. The Difference Between Hand-Rolled and Machine-Made Cigars

    The Difference Between Hand-Rolled and Machine-Made Cigars
    Cigars have been a popular smoke throughout the world for many years and, since there is so much variety in terms of flavours, sizes, and techniques, it is not surprising that cigars are also produced in numerous different manners. For a unique smoking experience, different tobaccos, papers, and techniques go into each and every cigar. Cigars are rolled in two...

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