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. […]

PipesandCigars.com 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 […]

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 […]

Holiday Shopping for Pipe and Cigar Smokers

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 a 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 […]

Rocky Patel Factory Tour – Seed to Plant

I’m finally caught up on my work from spending much of last week in Honduras at the Rocky Patel cigar factory, and I wanted to share some info, pictures, and descriptions from the trip. I figured the best place to start is the same place all of our cigars start – with some tiny seeds. […]

A Few Little Cigar Tricks

Everybody has their collection of tips and tricks about their livelihoods and/or hobbies. Here are a handful of ideas that may make your enjoyment of cigar smoking a little better. Lighting for an even burn- Using a wide flame, such as using two matches or a double width soft-flame butane lighter is the best way […]

Cigar Odds and Ends

I’ve had a bunch or random thoughts about cigars and cigar smoking lately, so I thought that I’d toss out a handful of these reflections; it’s up to you to decide what, if anything you want to do with these little tidbits. Let’s go, shall we? Warm up before lighting up – Volatile organic compounds […]

Cigar Academy: Should You Relight?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions- should I relight my cigar or not? The answer isn’t cut and dried. Some cigars will be fine, others might not. And how you go about it will have a lot to do with whether it will work or not. Let’s look at these issues. What […]

Throw A Stogie Party

One of the great things about being a cigar smoker is that you eventually wind up with some friends who share the hobby. What better way to enjoy a great evening than to get together with a group of buddies, smoke some cigars, have a few drinks and guy food accompanied by a lot of […]

Cigar Academy: When Your Cigars Taste Different

I recently had one of my favorite cigars, one I’ve smoked hundreds of times, and to my surprise, it tasted…different. Not necessarily bad, but the flavor was off. I kept smoking it and the cigar didn’t improve, in fact, it got worse. The cigar picked up a chemical taste and it disappointed me terribly. Why […]