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10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

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.

cigar tips and tricks

The ABCs of Cigars

The ABCs of Cigars

From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know.

February 9, 2021
Why is There a Stem in My Cigar?

Why is There a Stem in My Cigar?

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 …

August 28, 2020
10 Things To Know About Fuente Fuente OpusX

10 Things To Know About Fuente Fuente OpusX

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 …

April 2, 2020
How Cigar Aficionado Tastes Cigars

How Cigar Aficionado Tastes Cigars

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.

March 30, 2020
A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars

A Curious Collection of Cult Cigars

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. 

June 20, 2019
What's a Cuban Cigar Factory Name?

What's a Cuban Cigar Factory Name?

Cuban cigars vitolas are referenced in two terms, the factory name and also the market name.

May 20, 2019
Aa

Aging Room

A room in a cigar factory of varying size, typically lined with Spanish cedar, where rolled cigars are stored to allow the tobaccos to harmonize and for the cigars to mellow. Some …

counterfeit cigars

8 Things To Know About Counterfeit Cuban Cigars

8 Things To Know About Counterfeit Cuban Cigars

Save your money (and your palates) by following these eight key tips to avoid getting burned by a fake Cuban cigar.

December 9, 2019
How To Spot A Fake Hoyo De Monterrey

How To Spot A Fake Hoyo De Monterrey

Learn how to tell whether the Hoyo De Monterrey you're smoking is authentic or fake.

August 23, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Partagás

How To Spot A Fake Partagás

Learn how to tell whether the Partagás you're smoking is authentic or fake.

August 23, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Bolivar

How To Spot A Fake Bolivar

Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake. 

August 22, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Cohiba Behike BHK

How To Spot A Fake Cohiba Behike BHK

Find out if your Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK is real or fake.

August 16, 2018
How To Spot A Fake Romeo y Julieta

How To Spot A Fake Romeo y Julieta

Find out if your Cuban Romeo y Julieta is real or fake.

August 15, 2018

Cigar 101 Videos

Cigar 101: Cigar Lighters & How to Light a Cigar

Senior editor Andrew Nagy shows how to operate the most common types of lighters used to light a cigar.

June 5, 2019

Cigar 101: Cigar Cutters & How to Cut a Cigar

Senior editor Andrew Nagy demonstrates how to operate the most common kinds of cutters used to clip cigars.

June 3, 2019

Cigar 101: Snakes In The Humidor

Cigar Aficionado's resident snake experts, David Savona and Gregory Mottola, talk and smoke culebras, the twisted, serpentine cigars that come in threes.

November 17, 2015

From the Farm: Nick Melillo On Connecticut Broadleaf

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.

April 20, 2020

Rocky's New Crop

Rocky Patel talks about his newest tobacco crop growing in Estelí, Nicaragua.

June 12, 2014

Ecuador's Cuban-Seed Wrapper

Ecuador Habano-seed wrapper is one of the most popular wrappers on the market.

January 14, 2014

Cigar Brands

Illusione

Illusione

Illusione cigars have been hot since their debut in 2006. Created by Dion Giolito, a cigar retailer with an exacting palate and a vivid imagination from Reno, Nevada, many …

April 17, 2017
Hammer + Sickle

Hammer + Sickle

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 …

May 1, 2017
Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel

With a portfolio of more than 100 lines, Rocky Patel sells millions of cigars every year. Rocky Patel cigars are produced throughout Central America, from the company's factory in …

April 17, 2017
Oliva

Oliva

The natural version of this brand is rolled with a Cameroon wrapper from Africa, while the Maduro offshoot features Connecticut broadleaf wrapper grown in the United States.

May 12, 2017
H. Upmann

H. Upmann

Hermann Upmann was a banker who came to Cuba and opened a cigar factory that failed before being taken overy by Menendez y Garcia, who turned it into a success. The H. Upmann …

April 17, 2017
Villiger La Flor de Ynclan

Villiger La Flor de Ynclan

Villiger first launched this old vintage Cuban brand as a Dominican cigar in 2007. Dissatisfied with the results, the company discontinued the brand and it was nowhere to be seen …

August 15, 2018

tobacco

Crop Report: Nicaragua’s Tobacco Season Extends into June

Crop Report: Nicaragua’s Tobacco Season Extends into June

The season is extending an extra month, to mid-June.

May 11, 2021
Black Gold

Black Gold

The San Andrés Valley on Mexico’s Gulf Coast produces some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world.

May 12, 2020
Shade in the Dusk

Shade in the Dusk

The once-dominant wrapper leaf grown under cloth in the Connecticut River Valley now needs protection from encroaching development.

October 25, 2019
Connecticut Tobacco Crop Report

Connecticut Tobacco Crop Report

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 …

August 27, 2019
Nicaragua’s Tobacco Growers Optimistic About Crops Despite Wind

Nicaragua’s Tobacco Growers Optimistic About Crops Despite Wind

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. 

April 9, 2019
Drought In Dominican Republic Means Smaller But Better Tobacco Harvest

Drought In Dominican Republic Means Smaller But Better Tobacco Harvest

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 …

March 12, 2019