Some Random Thoughts About Cigars

Liga Privada Undercrown Cigar

Since I’m around them all the time, I don’t really think about all the minutiae when it comes to cigars, so last might when I was looking through our catalog, I was struck by some of the things that the public doesn’t know, but might find interesting. Here are my observations: There were two cigars […]

It’s Like Comparing Fast Food to Fine Dining

Like it or not, all smokers are lumped together into a group, usually for the purpose of casting disdain upon us. This is especially true for the antis who site skewed “junk science” to prove that we’re just behind a monkey with a machine gun in terms of our ability to harm. But there are […]

A Different Kind of Blending

In all, I’ve been a tobacco blender for just shy of forty years now. I’ve done enough different blends over that time that, frankly, it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out how not to repeat myself. Luckily, I have people who let me know about unique components so I can keep things fresh. But […]

Cigar Review – New Release – La Perla Habana 1515

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At PipesandCigars.com, we’ve proudly carried La Perla Habana for a long time. Even though my tastes run to big, bold cigars, I’ve really enjoyed La Perla Habana Morado, with a Cameroon wrapper, and Black Pearl, a satisfying maduro. One thing that Doug Wood, the creator of LPH, has is a sense of history, and last […]

Some Observations on Cigars

I enjoy cigars and have for almost 40 years. But being in the business, and especially since my focus turned to blending pipe tobaccos, I’ve become more analytical about them and have noticed some things that have changed my perspective. With the trend moving toward larger ring gauges, there’s seems to be a common conception […]

Some Observations About Cigars

I have smoked a lot of cigars, and still do. Some of them I smoke for enjoyment, while others I smoke for evaluation purposes. As a tobacco blender, I think I’ve got a fairly keen palate, and a strong memory for flavors and aromas. A number of the cigars I’ve tried out to help us […]

Holiday Gift Thoughts

Before we know it, we’ll be caught up in the flurry of activity that is the holiday shopping season. Some of us have already made our lists and possibly even begun shopping. Others, like me, will probably be scrambling on Christmas Eve to get those last few items. When I was a kid, lots of […]

Delivering the Goods

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Our name is PipesandCigars.com, but we’re probably better known for the incredible selection of products we carry on the pipe side of the business, along with the low prices and frequent bargains we offer. We recently realized that we haven’t paid enough attention to the cigar side, so, of course, I opened my stupid mouth […]

Taking One (or Many) for the Team

When I go to a pipe show, or when I get emails and phone calls, a common comment is “You have a great job, getting to try all the new tobaccos and cigars.” I most definitely agree with the first part of that statement, but as to the second part…well, it depends. The department to […]

Two Sides of the Same Coin

So far, I’ve made five pipe blends that contain some cigar leaf. I use it for two reasons- like Maryland, it can help the burning qualities of a too-slow-smoking mixture, and it increases the amount and density of the smoke itself. The most recent was Virginia Memory No. 10 from the Hearth & Home Marquee […]