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Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Binder Finder

What characteristics is a cigarmaker looking for when selecting the binder leaf for a blend?

Posted: May 26, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

What's with the dry mouth?

When I smoke a cigar, sometimes it makes my mouth terribly dry. Why is that?

Posted: May 18, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Holy Moldy!

I opened my 25-count desktop humidor and found the humidifier case had fallen to the bottom of the humidor and mold was growing. What can I do to fix this? Is the humidor a loss?

Posted: May 11, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

The Right Retailer?

I usually don't buy cigars but I'd like to give them away as gifts. How do I make sure I am buying cigars from the right place?

Posted: May 4, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

A Lesson in Lighting

My friends tell me I have to use a butane lighter to light my cigars? Is there a special lighting method with these lighters?

Posted: April 27, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

The Art of Box-Pressing

How are cigars box-pressed?

Posted: April 20, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Go Ahead and Relight

If a cigar is long (like a Cohiba Lanceros, for example), I usually relight it when I'm ready for another few puffs. I've been told that is bad cigar etiquette, and, in fact, is bad for the cigar. Is that true?

Posted: April 13, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Covering Your Ash

Unlike smokers who let their cigars burn halfway down before flicking the ashes, I tend to ash often. I've noticed that my cigars often burn unevenly. Could this be related to how often I ash?

Posted: April 6, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Bring Your Own Cigar?

When going to a cigar lounge or bar, should you purchase a cigar from the establishment, or is it OK to bring your own?

Posted: March 30, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Topping Tobacco

Someone in my local cigar shop told me about cigars made with strong tobacco. How does one grow stronger tobacco?

Posted: March 23, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Vintage Cigars?

A person I know claims to have four pre-Revolution Cuban Davidoff Tubos and is trying to sell them to me. What are they worth, assuming they are still smokeable?

Posted: March 16, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Cracked Wrapper?

I was smoking a cigar when the wrapper began to crack and come undone. Ultimately, the whole wrapper came off. It had been in my humidor for several weeks, and I was very disappointed. Was this a manufacturing defect or was it something else?

Posted: March 9, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Sharpening the Cutter

How can I sharpen my cigar cutter?

Posted: March 2, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

So You've Neglected Your Humidor?

I have a humidor with a cedar lining that holds 50 cigars. It has been unattended for over a year and is dry as a bone. How can I save it?

Posted: February 23, 2015   

Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip

Aging the Flavor

I've heard that aging is good for cigars. But how does it affect the taste?

Posted: February 16, 2015   


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