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

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
Cohiba—15 Fascinating Facts About Cuba’s Most Famous Cigar Brand

Cohiba—15 Fascinating Facts About Cuba’s Most Famous Cigar Brand

Here are 15 facts you may not know about Cohiba, Cuba's most popular cigar brand.

April 1, 2019
Cigar of the Month Clubs: What’s in the Box?

Cigar of the Month Clubs: What’s in the Box?

Thinking about joining a cigar of the month club? Not all clubs offer the same perks, benefits and selection of cigars. 

March 12, 2019
The Tale of Trinidad

The Tale of Trinidad

For most of its history Trinidad has been shrouded in secrecy and mystery.

March 11, 2019
9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

9 Things You Need To Know About Montecristo

Here's a list of nine facts you may (or may not) know about Montecristo, one of the most recognizable cigar brands in the world.

February 6, 2019
Bb

Bleeding

The process of removing air and old butane from a lighter. Bleeding a lighter helps maintain its performance, and not bleeding a lighter is the leading cause of lighter malfunctio…

counterfeit cigars

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
How To Spot A Fake Montecristo

How To Spot A Fake Montecristo

Find out if your Cuban Montecristo is real or fake. 

August 15, 2018

Cigar 101 Videos

Cigar 101: Cigar Lighters

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

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

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

Connecticut Broadleaf

See how farmers grow some of the world's best broadleaf maduro in the Connecticut River Valley.

August 6, 2013

Cigar Brands

Plasencia

Plasencia

Owned by father-and-son team Nestor Plasencia Sr. and Jr., the Plasencia tobacco operation is quite vast. In addition to large cigar factories in both Nicaragua and Honduras, the …

May 15, 2017
Flor de las Antillas

Flor de las Antillas

Nicaragua’s venerable Garcia family released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012 using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binders and a wrapper leaf …

April 17, 2017
7-20-4

7-20-4

Created by Kurt Kendall, a cigar shop owner in New Hampshire, the 7-20-4 brand is distributed by Kendall's Vintage Cigar Distributors of New England Inc. The brand is manufactured …

June 15, 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
Partagás

Partagás

Don Jaime Partagás created the Partagás brand in Cuba in 1845, and he constructed the majestic Partagás cigar factory as a proud symbol of his brand, which later was run by Ramón …

April 17, 2017
Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad, which gets its name from a Cuban city, is one of the anomalies within Cuba's collection of cigar brands. It started as a commercially unavailable cigar reserved for …

April 17, 2017

tobacco

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
Crop Report: El Corojo Farm, Honduras

Crop Report: El Corojo Farm, Honduras

Nearly 250 acres of tobacco is flourishing at the El Corojo farm in Honduras, which is owned by Christian Eiroa.

February 5, 2019
Crop Report: La Canela Farm, The Dominican Republic

Crop Report: La Canela Farm, The Dominican Republic

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 …

October 29, 2018
Plasencias Harvesting 152nd Crop In Nicaragua, Honduras

Plasencias Harvesting 152nd Crop In Nicaragua, Honduras

The Plasencia family is in the midst of its 2017–2018 tobacco harvest, which Nestor Andrés Plasencia, vice president of Plasencia Tobacco S.A., says is exceptional.

January 17, 2018