cigar tips and tricks
From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know.
While veins may not be pretty to look at, they can be full of flavor. The stems, too. At the center of each tobacco leaf is a thick, linear structure known as a midrib, i.e. a …
The mystique behind Fuente Fuente OpusX has endured for 25 years since its birth in 1995. We compiled a list of 10 facts that will shed some light on the cigar brand that became a …
Every cigar that appears in the tasting section of Cigar Aficionado or Cigar Insider is rated blind, removing any prejudice or brand familiarity a taster might have.
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.
Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.
Save your money (and your palates) by following these eight key tips to avoid getting burned by a fake Cuban cigar.
Learn how to tell whether the Hoyo De Monterrey you're smoking is authentic or fake.
Learn how to tell whether the Partagás you're smoking is authentic or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK is real or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Romeo y Julieta is real or fake.
Cigar 101 Videos
Senior editor Andrew Nagy shows how to operate the most common types of lighters used to light a cigar.
Senior editor Andrew Nagy demonstrates how to operate the most common kinds of cutters used to clip cigars.
Cigar Aficionado's resident snake experts, David Savona and Gregory Mottola, talk and smoke culebras, the twisted, serpentine cigars that come in threes.
Nick Melillo, the creator of Foundation Cigar Co., and senior editor Andrew Nagy discuss the highly sought Connecticut broadleaf from the tobacco barn on Nick's farm in Connecticut.
Rocky Patel talks about his newest tobacco crop growing in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Ecuador Habano-seed wrapper is one of the most popular wrappers on the market.
Owned by father-and-son team Nestor Plasencia Sr. and Jr., the Plasencia tobacco operation is quite vast. In addition to large cigar factories in both Nicaragua and Honduras, the …
Created in 1935 in Havana by Menendez Garcia y Cia., Montecristo is a mainstay of the Cuban cigar portfolio. From the diminutive and ubiquitous Montecristo No. 4 to the stately …
Don Jaime Partagás created the Partagás brand in Cuba in 1845, and he constructed the majestic Partagás cigar factory as a proud symbol of his brand, which later was run by Ramón …
During his playing days in Puerto Rico, cigar icon and jazz musician Avo Uvezian said that he would purchase a few local cigars each night and place them on top of the piano for …
Arguably the most famous cigar brand in the world, Cohiba was created as the personal smoke of Fidel Castro in 1966. Originally available only as gifts of the Cuban government, …
The non-Cuban version of Hoyo de Monterrey is owned by and produced by the General Cigar Co. The core line is known for being a strong, full-bodied smoke, blended with Nicaraguan…
An intense and long-lived hailstorm destroyed several acres of cigar tobacco at Chateau de la Fuente in El Caribe, Dominican Republic on May 6.
The newest buzzword in the cigar-blending world is medio tiempo: a high-primed leaf that packs a big punch. Despite being a darling to some makers, its enigmatic qualities (even …
The use of tobacco by humans goes back much farther in history than previously thought.
The season is extending an extra month, to mid-June.
The San Andrés Valley on Mexico’s Gulf Coast produces some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world.
The once-dominant wrapper leaf grown under cloth in the Connecticut River Valley now needs protection from encroaching development.