Weekly Tip

  • Cigar 101 : Weekly Tip
    Same Box, So Why the Uneven Burn?
    I recently bought a box of cigars. To my surprise, many haven't burned evenly. I've kept them in properly humidified conditions. What is the problem? Are they too tight? Is it a problem of quality control?
    Posted: October 12, 2015
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    Does Size Affect a Cigar's Aging Process?
    How does a cigar's size affect its ability to age?
    Posted: October 5, 2015
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    Cold Taste
    What is a cold taste?
    Posted: September 28, 2015
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    Curing a Harsh Finish?
    How do I keep my cigars from becoming harsh toward the end?
    Posted: September 21, 2015
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    Different Sizes, Different Ratings?
    Why is it that one size of a particular cigar can get a 90+ rating but not another size of the same cigar. Aren’t the tobaccos and blend the same?
    Posted: September 14, 2015
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    Plugged Cigars
    I recently received a box of Montecristo No. 4s as a gift and the draw on every one I have smoked so far has been incredibly tight. Is there any way of curing a tight draw?
    Posted: September 8, 2015
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    Casing the Cigar
    I visited a cigar factory in the D.R. and the tobacco in the warehouse looked dry as a bone. Yet when I watched the rollers make cigars, the leaves were moist and supple. What step did I miss?
    Posted: August 31, 2015
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    Stalk-Cut Tobacco?
    Is all cigar tobacco picked leaf-by-leaf?
    Posted: August 24, 2015
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    The Importance of Origin?
    If most cigar-producing countries blend tobacco from all over the world, why is the country of origin given so much weight in evaluating a cigar?
    Posted: August 17, 2015
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    Let Your Canoe Straighten Itself
    Is there anything that can be done about a cigar that's burning faster down one side than the other?
    Posted: August 10, 2015
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    Getting Sick and Dizzy
    I started smoking cigars about two months ago. I had two full-bodied cigars yesterday, and I had to stop less than halfway through for fear of falling over or getting sick. Is there a way to overcome this?
    Posted: August 3, 2015
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    Brush Off the Plume?
    If after aging my cigars for a few years and they develop plume, do I brush it all off or do I smoke the cigar with the plume still on the cigar?
    Posted: July 27, 2015
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    When to Stop Aging?
    When aging cigars, how long is too long?
    Posted: July 20, 2015
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    Soggy Smokes
    I have recently been stationed in Guam, where the humidity is constantly above 90 percent and temperatures are always high. I have a reliable humidor, but I can't seem to keep my cigars from becoming soggy. What should I do?
    Posted: July 13, 2015
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    Final Word on Finish
    You often refer to a cigar's 'finish' in your tasting notes. Can you define this term for me?
    Posted: July 6, 2015