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  • 7 Easter Sunday Cigars – Cigars for Easter Sunday

    Easter Sunday… the kids are out in the yard racing after eggs (and nearly killing each other to get them), just as the Lord intended. The ladies of the family will probably be chasing after the kids, telling them not to get their precious pastel outfits grass-stained before pictures are taken for...

  • 4 Baseball Cigars to enjoy with America's Pastime

    Ah, spring - that time of year when the sluggers, hurlers, catchers, and fielders jog out onto the grass once again to give us baseball. If you've got four hours to kill watching guys watch each other for signs of motion, you've got a perfect window of time for some baseball. And if you've got th...

  • 5 Spring Cigars

    Spring is springing and we're looking forward to a huge change in our smoking life: Instead of smoking inside and looking out at the snow, we'll be smoking inside and looking out at the greenery! We kid, we kid. We always smoke wherever we damn well please (so long as everyone else will let us)...

  • The History of Plasencia Cigars

    Long before they started releasing award-winning cigars under their own label, the Plasencia family was known for their green thumbs. Weathering revolution, emigration, war, and disaster, the Plasencias have been cultivating tobacco consistently since 1865. That means that Nestor Plasencia is the...

  • 5 Famous Cigars You Never Knew Were Made by Nestor Plasencia

    Nestor Plasencia and his family may have burst onto the mainstream cigar scene in a big way with their Alma line of cigars in the past few years, but they've been making some of your favorite cigars for decades. Nestor owns more land than any other tobacco farmer in the world, so there's probabl...

  • Three Cigars that Use Ometepe Tobacco

    Ometepe has to be the most unusual and dramatic location for growing tobacco imaginable. Picture the scene: in the middle of the largest lake in Central America, and 20 largest lakes in the world, two volcanoes rising out of the water, connected only by a thin isthmus. Thirty-thousand people liv...

  • Cigar Companies That Grow Their Own Tobacco

    You may accuse us of oversimplifying, but to us, at least three types of people are responsible for a great cigar: the farmer who cultivates and ferments the tobacco, the blender who chooses the tobaccos and finds the right combination for their target palate, and the rollers who produce the ciga...

  • Old-School Cigar Companies that Survived the Nicaraguan Revolution

    These days, just about every top brand is filling their cigars with Nicaraguan tobacco. As cigar smokers, we just can't get enough of the stuff. This is the millennium of the full-bodied cigar and Nicaraguan tobacco has the earthy spice to satisfy even the most punch-drunk smoker's palate. But i...

  • Growing Greener Tobacco with Plasencia Cigars

    You might think that just about every premium handmade cigar is blended from organic tobacco. After all, cigars are all about natural tobacco and traditional methods, right? Well, as it turns out, there's not many. At the time of this writing, just one we’re aware of: The Plasencia Reserva Organ...

  • 4 Cigar Brands to Visit in the United States

    As a cigar enthusiast, there's nothing cooler than visiting a brand and meeting the people behind cigars we love. But you don't have to write for Cigar Aficionado or front the money for a trip to Nicaragua to visit your favorite brands. More and more brands are opening US stores, headquarters, a...

  • Five Cigars to Smoke to Celebrate a Promotion

    There's nothing quite like getting to celebrate a promotion with a fantastic premium cigar. After hours and hours of soul-crushing work, you're finally being acknowledged for your considerable contributions to the company. By producing six or seven-figure returns to the owner(s), you're getting a...

  • The Nestor Plasencia Way

    As we speak, the future of cigars is being handed over to a new generation of leaders. One by one, the titans of the cigar boom and the resurgence of the early '00s are handing over the reins to their sons, daughters, or savvy corporate acquisitions teams. Few are even still left around to guide ...