Sometimes a cigar is the perfect smoke

I have been working on a post about the joys of cigar smoking with my father in law and I spent last week on and off editing and rewriting my little ode to the cigar. It was coming along nicely until I went to put the finishing touches on it this morning and realized I saved […]

When Pipes Meet Cigars

Many pipe smokers enjoy the occasional cigar, and I know of a number of cigar smokers who have a bowl of tobacco from time to time. We tend to think of them as very different things, but there’s a lot more overlap between them than one might think. There have been a bunch of pipe […]

The Only Constant is Change

In a little over a week I’ll mark 10 years with Pipes and Cigars, and around 38 since I first worked as a tobacconist. In the span of nearly 40 years, I’ve seen great pipe brands wither and become shadows of their former selves, or disappear entirely. I would venture a guess and say that […]

Cigar Review- Man O’ War Puro Authentico

I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to cigar size/shape preference. I’m a corona/Lonsdale guy. A 42 to 44 ring gauge just suits me, and a length between 5 and 6.5 inches allows for a long enough smoke without becoming tiresome. I’m also in the minority when it comes to strength and flavor profile. I […]

Some Thoughts About Cigars

One of the problems with having a busy mind is the ongoing flood of random thoughts. I wish that I had the discipline to write them all down, but I would probably wind up with carpal tunnel syndrome if I did. I’ve had a number of thoughts lately about cigars, so I’m just going to […]

Cigar Review- Diesel Unlimited Maduro

If you’ve read any of my cigar reviews on Talking Tobacco, you’re probably aware that I like bold cigars. I’m the guy who lights up a Joya de Nicaragua Antaño at 7 a.m. on an empty stomach, so strong cigars don’t scare me. That said, I don’t care for power bombs. A robust cigar needs […]

About Pipes and Tobaccos

When I first decided to bring pipes and pipe tobacco into my retail store, I had no idea just how many products were on the market. Fortunately, I had manufacturers’ reps who were very helpful and patient, and they helped me to understand the importance of variety to pipe smokers. Up to that point, I […]

5 Things The Cigar Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know!

Some of your cigars might need some aging after purchase to achieve optimum flavors Obviously sitting on product can get expensive, and additionally, when a brand is popular there is a lot of pressure on the manufacturer’s to get them on the shelf as quickly as possible. However, sometimes tobacco needs to age for extended […]

Jumping on the Band Wagon

My father smoked both pipes and cigarettes. On occasion, he would also have a cigar, usually machine-mades. I don’t remember him ever enjoying a hand-rolled cigar. When I was still too young to attend school, he would take the band off his stogie and give it to me. I felt like a big deal because I […]

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 […]