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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

The ABCs of Cigars

The ABCs of Cigars

From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know.

February 9, 2021
Why is There a Stem in My Cigar?

Why is There a Stem in My Cigar?

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 …

August 28, 2020
10 Things To Know About Fuente Fuente OpusX

10 Things To Know About Fuente Fuente OpusX

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 …

April 2, 2020
How Cigar Aficionado Tastes Cigars

How Cigar Aficionado Tastes Cigars

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.

March 30, 2020
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
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Machine Made

Cigars made by machine, rather than by hand. There are machines that work with long filler tobacco, but most operate using short-filler tobacco. While some are made to work with …

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

From the Farm: Nick Melillo On Connecticut Broadleaf

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.

April 20, 2020

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

Cigar Brands

Surrogates

Surrogates

One of the debut brands from L'Atelier imports Inc., Surrogates is the brainchild of Dan Welsh and Pete Johnson. The brand differs from traditional cigar brands in that each …

June 12, 2017
Bolivar

Bolivar

This smaller Cuban brand is known for its power, and its namesake Simon Bolivar—the liberator of South America—makes for a fitting image. Created in 1902, the brand once had a …

April 17, 2017
Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta is one of Cuba’s larger cigar brands, with a vast portfolio of sizes. The brand’s origin dates back to 1875. The Romeo y Julieta Churchill is perhaps the most …

April 5, 2017
El Centurion

El Centurion

The Garcia family’s El Centurion brand had its first run as a limited-edition cigar in 2007. It wasn’t until 2013, when the company was commemorating 10 years in the cigar …

April 17, 2017
Alec Bradley

Alec Bradley

Alec Bradley has carved a space for itself in the world of premium cigars with lines such as Prensado (the Churchill size was named the Cigar of the Year in 2011), Tempus, …

May 3, 2017
Joya de Nicaragua

Joya de Nicaragua

Joya de Nicaragua, known as Nicaragua's oldest premium cigar brand, was first established in 1968. When Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca acquired it in 1994, the brand was a faded jewel, …

May 12, 2017

tobacco

Tobacco Seeds Discovered Among Stone Age Ruins

Tobacco Seeds Discovered Among Stone Age Ruins

The use of tobacco by humans goes back much farther in history than previously thought.

October 12, 2021
Crop Report: Nicaragua’s Tobacco Season Extends into June

Crop Report: Nicaragua’s Tobacco Season Extends into June

The season is extending an extra month, to mid-June.

May 11, 2021
Black Gold

Black Gold

The San Andrés Valley on Mexico’s Gulf Coast produces some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world.

May 12, 2020
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
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