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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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.
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Learn how to tell whether the Hoyo De Monterrey you're smoking is authentic or fake.
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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.
Created by Rafael Nodal and launched in 2011, Aging Room cigars are made by Jochy Blanco of Tabacalera La Palma in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Some Aging Room brands are also …
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 …
José Seijas has been in the premium cigar business since 1974. For years, he ran Tabacalera de Garcia, a massive operation in La Romana, Dominican Republic, that makes brands such …
There are many brands within the non-Cuban version of H. Upmann, including 1844 Reserve, The Banker, Vintage Cameroon, and Legacy.
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…
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, …
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 …