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.
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A.J. Fernandez’s New World brand is named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492. Fernandez collaborated with his father, Ismael, on …
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 …
Tatuaje smokes, known for their Cubanesque flavor, include such popular lines such as Seleccion de Cazador, or Cabinet, (or as fans call it "brown label"), 10th Anniversary, Black …
E.P. Carrillo is the signature brand of EPC Cigar Co., the Dominican cigar company owned and operated by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Known as the “Godfather of Boutique Cigars,” …
Ramón Allones, founded in 1837, is one of the oldest brands in the Habanos S.A. cigar portfolio that's still produced. Allones himself is credited as the first manufacturer to …
The Fuente Fuente OpusX brand revolutionized the Dominican cigar industry upon its release in 1995. Before its release, few believed the Dominican Republic could grow quality …
The once-dominant wrapper leaf grown under cloth in the Connecticut River Valley now needs protection from encroaching development.
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 …