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Beginners Guide

Getting started? Yeah, I'm talking to you! You say you don't know anything about cigars but you're interested in learning. Well, you are at the right place. Let's face it, everyone has to start somewhere, right? read more...
Choosing a cigar

Choosing a cigar is an individual thing. It depends on personal taste, availability and budget. When one walks into a well-stocked humidor it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of different brands and facings that line the walls. read more...
Storing Your Cigar

Why should we store the cigar anyway? In this installment we explore the ways cigar can maintain the freshness of their cigars. In many ways, fine cigars are like wine, orchids or humans traveling in space. read more...
How to cut a cigar?

Once you have selected your cigar, you will need to cut the closed end. All Havanas have a double cap over the head end - this end goes in your mouth. If you attempt to smoke a cigar the other way around, read more...
How to light a Cigar

Lighting a cigar is not like lighting the tip of a cigarette or the wick of a candle, it takes much longer .The lighting of premium tobacco is a sudden and abrupt process involving not only severe temperature changes, read more...
How to Smoke a Cigar

Most of us can remember the day we were handed our first smoke and we had no clue how to go about it, I remember I was embarrassed, that my friends will notice that I no nothing about the brown stick I am holding. read more...
ALL about ASH

Your cigar ashes are a telltale sign about some of the characteristics of your cigar. A cigar that is well rolled (packed) can burn slowly and create a stiff ash up to two to three inches in length without bending or breaking. It merely looks like the cigar itself, except its grey. read more...
How to judge a cigar

Say, what's the deal with those cigar ratings you read in magazines like Cigar Aficionado, Smoke and others? How do their "judges" determine whether a cigar is a "70" or a "90?" As subjective as rating cigars may be, read more...
Reviving a Dry Cigar

How do you "revive" dry cigars kept in a cigar box? There has been much discussion and argument over whether cigars can be restored to their normal state once they have dried out. If a cigar has become dry and the wrapper has not cracked and unraveled, read more...
How to Refill your Lighter

Refueling your refillable butane cigar lighter is quite easy. Refill cans, are available, just about anywhere, from your local tobacco shop, to WalMart. Ronson and Colibri brands are among the best and most popular. read more...
Aging Cigar

Experienced cigar enthusiasts know well the pleasures of a well-aged cigar. The subtle flavors and complex constitution of a well-aged cigar is indescribably and unforgettable. Like wine, many cigar aficionados swear by the process of aging. read more...
The Humidor

Why should I use a humidor? The purpose of a humidor is to keep your cigars at their peak "smokability". The most crucial characteristic of a fine humidor is that it can provide a constant environment of about 68' to 70' F and 70-72% humidity. read more...
Cleaning and Maintaining

This is simply a basic strength guide to give you an idea of how the various cigars compare in strength with one another. This meant just as a basic guide, everyone tastes will vary. read more...
How can I cure, bad cigar breath?

Elimitaste Breath Gum is a strong mint gum for the breath conscious consumer. The patented blend of ingredients focuses on tackling the toughest breath. Smoke Screen is available in 12 piece sleeves for convenience. read more...
Cigar sites directory

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Glossary of Cigar Terms

Our recently updated cigar glossary is a must-read for novices and aficionados alike. Heard a term that you can't find here? Let us know and we'll do our best to add it. read more...
Humidor Glossary

Bin Dividers - Fixed or adjustable partitions in Vigilant cigar bins that separate some cigars from others. They are used in loose cigar bins or drawers. read more...
Common Cigar Terms & Lingo

ISOM - Island South of Miami. In other words, ISOM refers to Cuba. 898 - This refers to the packaging of a box of 25 cigars. 8 on the bottom row, 9 in the middle, 8 on top. 898 varn - 898 Varnished read more...
Cigar Styles and Sizes

A cigar shape can vary greatly in size from brand to brand, so describing a cigar by its size as well as shape is important. Cigars are measured by two factors: length, which is given in inches, read more...
Cigar color

The color (which ranges from light green to darkest brown) of a cigar can affect its taste. For example, darker wrappers indicate a concentration of sugars in the leaf and such cigars often taste sweeter; read more...
How Do I Create My Own Dossier Book

Keeping a Cigar Dossier is a great way to organize your thoughts on all the various cigars you have tried. How many times have you tried a brand and forgotten about it? A Cigar Dossier provides a quick reference to cigars you have tried in the past. read more...
A Cigar Rating System

Today’s cigar smokers are increasingly selective and perceptive, and are eager to hone their skills of enjoying premium cigars. Limited production, high quality stogies are always emerging and evolving and require the complements of proper storage and read more...
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