10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

From seed to shelf, from filler to binder to wrapper, these are the 10 things every cigar aficionado needs to know when cutting, lighting and smoking his favorite cigar.

cigar tips and tricks

A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars

A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars

Some of the industry’s offbeat cigars have gained a serious cult following over the years in much the same way cult movies attract a small, yet passionate fan base. 

June 20, 2019
What's a Cuban Cigar Factory Name?

What's a Cuban Cigar Factory Name?

Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.

May 20, 2019
Cohiba—15 Fascinating Facts About Cuba’s Most Famous Cigar Brand

Cohiba—15 Fascinating Facts About Cuba’s Most Famous Cigar Brand

Here are 15 facts you may not know about Cohiba, Cuba's most popular cigar brand.

April 1, 2019
Cigar of the Month Clubs: What’s in the Box?

Cigar of the Month Clubs: What’s in the Box?

Thinking about joining a cigar of the month club? Not all clubs offer the same perks, benefits and selection of cigars. 

March 12, 2019
The Tale of Trinidad

The Tale of Trinidad

For most of its history Trinidad has been shrouded in secrecy and mystery.

March 11, 2019
9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

Here's a list of nine facts you may (or may not) know about Montecristo, one of the most recognizable cigar brands in the world.

February 6, 2019
Bb

Burro

The term for a large pile of tobacco, arranged for fermentation. Burros can be enormous, weighing 3,500 or even 4,000 pounds or more. After curing in a curing barn, or casa de …

counterfeit cigars

8 Things To Know About Counterfeit Cuban Cigars

8 Things To Know About Counterfeit Cuban Cigars

Save your money (and your palates) by following these eight key tips to avoid getting burned by a fake Cuban cigar.

December 9, 2019
How To Spot A Fake Hoyo De Monterrey

How To Spot A Fake Hoyo De Monterrey

Learn how to tell whether the Hoyo De Monterrey you're smoking is authentic or fake.

August 23, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Partagás

How To Spot A Fake Partagás

Learn how to tell whether the Partagás you're smoking is authentic or fake.

August 23, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Bolivar

How To Spot A Fake Bolivar

Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake. 

August 22, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Cohiba Behike BHK

How To Spot A Fake Cohiba Behike BHK

Find out if your Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK is real or fake.

August 16, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Romeo y Julieta

How To Spot A Fake Romeo y Julieta

Find out if your Cuban Romeo y Julieta is real or fake.

August 15, 2018

Cigar 101 Videos

Cigar 101: Cigar Lighters & How to Light a Cigar

Senior editor Andrew Nagy shows how to operate the most common types of lighters used to light a cigar.

June 5, 2019

Cigar 101: Cigar Cutters & How to Cut a Cigar

Senior editor Andrew Nagy demonstrates how to operate the most common kinds of cutters used to clip cigars.

June 3, 2019

Cigar 101: Snakes In The Humidor

Cigar Aficionado's resident snake experts, David Savona and Gregory Mottola, talk and smoke culebras, the twisted, serpentine cigars that come in threes.

November 17, 2015

Rocky's New Crop

Rocky Patel talks about his newest tobacco crop growing in Estelí, Nicaragua.

June 12, 2014

Ecuador's Cuban-Seed Wrapper

Ecuador Habano-seed wrapper is one of the most popular wrappers on the market.

January 14, 2014

Connecticut Broadleaf

See how farmers grow some of the world's best broadleaf maduro in the Connecticut River Valley.

August 6, 2013

Cigar Brands

Cuaba

Cuaba

The Cuaba name originates from the Taino indians, the indigenous inhabitants of Cuba before the Spanish discovered the island in the fifteenth century. A cuaba was the type of …

August 22, 2017
Casa Cuba

Casa Cuba

Carlos Fuente Sr. blended Casa Cuba himself. Using Ecuador Havana wrapper and a mix of Cuban-seed Dominican filler and binder, Fuente Sr. set out to recreate a taste of his early …

May 25, 2017
Arturo Fuente

Arturo Fuente

The core brand of the Fuente Family, Arturo Fuente-brand cigars come in a wide variety of styles and shapes. Most are quite affordable. The venerable Arturo Fuente 8-5-8, made …

April 27, 2017
Casa Fernandez

Casa Fernandez

Aganorsa Leaf is an agricultural conglomerate and one of the largest growers and suppliers of Nicaraguan tobacco for the premium industry. The company is owned by Eduardo …

May 3, 2017
My Father

My Father

The My Father brand begins with José “Pepin” Garcia. Once an acclaimed cigar roller in Havana, Garcia immigrated to the United States in 2003 and set up shop in a tiny fabrica in …

April 17, 2017
Matilde

Matilde

José Seijas has been in the premium cigar business since 1974. For years, he ran Tabacalera de Garcia, a massive operation in La Romana, Dominican Republic, that makes brands such …

June 15, 2017

tobacco

Shade in the Dusk

Shade in the Dusk

The once-dominant wrapper leaf grown under cloth in the Connecticut River Valley now needs protection from encroaching development.

October 25, 2019
Connecticut Tobacco Crop Report

Connecticut Tobacco Crop Report

After a disappointing 2018 season plagued by heavy, consistent rains, cigar tobacco farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are optimistic that this year’s crop will yield some of …

August 27, 2019
Nicaragua’s Tobacco Growers Optimistic About Crops Despite Wind

Nicaragua’s Tobacco Growers Optimistic About Crops Despite Wind

As Nicaragua approaches the end of its 2018–2019 tobacco-growing season, reports from some of the country’s major growers of premium leaf are mostly optimistic. 

April 9, 2019
Drought In Dominican Republic Means Smaller But Better Tobacco Harvest

Drought In Dominican Republic Means Smaller But Better Tobacco Harvest

The weather has been unusually dry in the Dominican Republic over the last few months, and while that lack of rain has meant a lower volume of tobacco coming from the fields, this …

March 12, 2019
Crop Report: El Corojo Farm, Honduras

Crop Report: El Corojo Farm, Honduras

Nearly 250 acres of tobacco is flourishing at the El Corojo farm in Honduras, which is owned by Christian Eiroa.

February 5, 2019
Crop Report: La Canela Farm, The Dominican Republic

Crop Report: La Canela Farm, The Dominican Republic

About 110 acres of Piloto Cubano are growing in the fields of the La Canela farm in the Dominican Republic. The small tobacco plants were put into the ground three weeks ago, all …

October 29, 2018