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.
Here are 15 facts you may not know about Cohiba, Cuba's most popular cigar brand.
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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.
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 …
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 …
When Rocky Patel first released The Edge in 2004, the concept was simple: a roughly hewn wooden box that held 100 unbanded cigars. And they retailed for only $5 each. It was …
The original non-Cuban La Gloria Cubana blend was created in Miami in 1972 at the El Credito cigar factory, but wasn't the focus until cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo took over …
Owned by General Cigar Co., the non-Cuban version of Punch was one of the first brands to be manufactured in Honduras and is one of the best selling premium cigar brands in the …
Norteños come off the tables of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate and from the mind of Willy Herrera, Drew Estate's master blender. He took a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Honduran …
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 …