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 […]

Like Fingernails on a Blackboard

Actually, someone scraping their nails across a blackboard doesn’t really bother me, but there are plenty of things that do. so I thought that I’d present some to you to see if you agree. One thing that drives me nuts is when I buy a cigar that hasn’t been properly stored. Our entire humidor (which […]

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 […]

Part Rant, Part Announcement

It’s been widely reported that earlier this year CVS Pharmacy caved in to the pressure by anti-smoking zealots and announced that they would stop selling all tobacco products by October 2014. The actually were ahead of schedule, having beaten their self-imposed deadline by a few weeks. They mentioned that they believed that tobacco doesn’t fit […]

How Do You Cut?

There are so many ways to cut a cigar, and each one has its advantages. Let’s take a look at the different types of cutters and what they do best. Guillotines- This category includes single guillotines (uncommon today), double guillotines and “butterfly” style cutters. The biggest advantage to these types of cutter is that they […]

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. […]

Cigar Academy: Random Cigar Facts

I was thinking about a number of things about cigars, and a whole flood of facts popped into my head, so I figured that I would share some of them with you. Did you ever wonder why two cigars of the same size smoke for different amounts of time? Certainly one answer is that one […]

Cigar Academy: Cigar Etiquette

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I shouldn’t be seen in polite company. In my mind, salad forks are used when you run out of regular forks. I always thought that Emily Post was a deep NFL pass pattern. So it would probably come as a shock that I would […]

Cigar Academy: How to Re-Light a Cigar

Having to relight a cigar after it goes out can be a make or break moment. Typically if a cigar is left to go out, it is a great idea to pass on it and let it die with dignity. Sometimes you just can’t let it go however; it is just that damn good. When that is the case there is a proper way to do it to get the most out of your experience.

Cigar Academy: Cutting & Lighting a Premium Cigar

There really isn’t all that much to properly cutting and lighting a cigar, but if it’s not done properly, the experience can be frustrating. There are a number of options in cutting a cigar. You can straight cut, v-cut (cat’s eye), punch or pierce. The method you choose will be a matter of personal preference. […]