Pipes and Cigars

Despite the title, this isn’t about our website. This is about my thoughts on the differences between pipe and cigar smoking. Some are obvious, others are less so. All of them are just my opinion, but that’s what I have to work with, so here I go. The first thing I ever smoked was a […]

Not Just Talking Tobacco Today

When Scott Bendett opened the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in the Colonie Center mall in Albany, NY, he could have scarcely imagined where things would go from there. After a few years of selling cigars and pipes to the locals, Scott felt that it was time to reach out to a larger audience, by going […]

Tools of the Trade: All the Toys for Enjoyable Smoking!

Have you ever noticed the tools that professional use in their chosen line of work? A chef has knives, pots and pans, cutting boards, measuring cups, place settings and all kinds of food items. A handyman has a tool belt, screw drivers, hammers, tape measures, nails & screws and wood and metal to work with. […]

Lighters vs. Matches

Jim Murry, our resident Artisan Pipe expert

  I can remember a time when the only option for lighting a cigar, pipe, cigarette, gas stove, etc. was a wooden kitchen match. Lighters were very rudimentary and not very reliable in those days. My mother and grandmother used to keep a small metal box with a lid next to the stove and strike […]

PipesandCigars.com Top 25 Cigars of 2012

top 25 cigars of 2012

2012 has been a great year for P&C, and for me personally. I got on board here towards the end of 2011 after a number of years elsewhere in the world of cigars, and my first full calendar year with P&C has been quite a ride. I’ve gotten to travel a lot, I went to […]

Some Cold Weather Smoking Tips

Pipe smoking snowman

For those of you who live in Florida, the deep Southwest, southern California and Hawaii, ignore this information. For those of you who live elsewhere in the United States, these tips are for you, after you get done mumbling curses under your breath directed toward the people who live in those warmer regions. Obviously, if […]

Cigar Review: Asylum 13 550

Asylum 13 550 Cigar

Cigar: Asylum 13 550 (robusto) Maker: Tabacalera Unidas Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Travis, knowing my taste for fuller-bodied cigars, suggested that I smoke an Asylum 13 550 for a review, so I grabbed one and headed off to our lounge. Christian Eiroa burst onto the scene by bringing the first widely distributed powerhouse […]

Packaging Tips for Tobacco-Related Gifts

Recently I posted a gift-buying guide to help people who aren’t cigar or pipe smokers, in an attempt to make things easier for holiday shopping. It occurred to me that, after posting it, there are also pitfalls that can pop up if the gifts aren’t properly packaged. Here are some ideas to assure that your […]

A Smokin’ Thanksgiving

Russ enjoys a smoke

This is the time when we should all take a moment to reflect on our good fortune throughout the year. It all started, of course, as a harvest celebration, but we now use it as a way to appreciate family, friends and life as a lead-in to the end of the year holidays. For the […]

Holiday Shopping for Pipe and Cigar Smokers

Russ enjoys a smoke

At the holidays, we all want to bring enjoyment to the people we give presents to (and, yes, I ended a sentence with a preposition). But when selecting gift having to do with the recipient’s hobby, you wade into murky waters. So these are some suggestions to help you avoid some of the pitfalls when […]