cigar tips and tricks
At Cigar Aficionado, we often reference “vertical brand tastings.” The following is a primer on the process and why it matters when evaluating cigar lines.
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.
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.
Made by the Garcia family since 2006, first in Miami and now in Nicaragua, this brand is named for Cabaiguán, Cuba, located almost in the direct center of the island.
Maestro del Tiempo is a Nicaraguan puro that was first released in 2016. According to Warped Cigars owner Kyle Gellis, Maestro del Tiempo, or Master of Time, alludes to the period …
The non-Cuban version of this storied brand is comprised of lines such as RyJ by Romeo y Julieta, Romeo y Julieta 1875, and Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real.
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 …
El Güegüense, pronounced "El-Wah-Wen-Say," was released in 2015 as the debut brand of Nick Melillo's Foundation Cigar Co. The name is based on one of Nicaragua's most culturally …
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 …
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.