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.
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Cigar 101 Videos
Editor Andrew Nagy shows how to operate the most common types of lighters used to light a cigar.
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.
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.
See how farmers grow some of the world's best broadleaf maduro in the Connecticut River Valley.
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 …
Nicaragua’s venerable Garcia family released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012 using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binders and a wrapper leaf …
Created by Kurt Kendall, a cigar shop owner in New Hampshire, the 7-20-4 brand is distributed by Kendall's Vintage Cigar Distributors of New England Inc. The brand is manufactured …
Eric Hanson, founder of Hammer + Sickle vodka, debuted his cigar brand of the same name in 2010. In adopting the symbol of Russia as the cigar's logo, he points out that the …
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 …
Trinidad, which gets its name from a Cuban city, is one of the anomalies within Cuba's collection of cigar brands. It started as a commercially unavailable cigar reserved for …
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 …
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.
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 …
Nearly 250 acres of tobacco is flourishing at the El Corojo farm in Honduras, which is owned by Christian Eiroa.
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 …
The Plasencia family is in the midst of its 2017–2018 tobacco harvest, which Nestor Andrés Plasencia, vice president of Plasencia Tobacco S.A., says is exceptional.