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  • So You Got Laid Off: 6 Cigars for When You're Down and Out

    Not every cigar occasion is a happy one. Sure, "good times" are the quintessential reason to light up a cigar. But they can be a nice way to ruminate when things aren't so good, too. And what good is your humidor if it won't carry you through the bad times, right? Below are some picks for smokes ...

  • Our Top 5 Cigars for After Your Last Kid Moves Out

    It all started with a kiss. Now, a few decades later, here we are. The kids have all been shipped off to institutions of higher learning, signed over to Uncle Sam, or left by the side of the freeway on their 18th birthday to learn a few lessons from the School of Hard Knocks. No matter how you ma...

  • How To Cut a Cigar

    How to cut a cigar isn’t as obvious as it might seem, right? There's no "cut here" dotted line or anything. So how exactly DO you cut a cigar? Well, for starters, you don't want to cut it to look like the foot of the cigar. That is, you don't want to cut off the whole rounded end. You want to lea...

  • How Are Cigars Made?

    If you've ever tried rolling your own cigarettes (of one kind or another), you know that it's a skill that takes some practice. And if you put an amateur's roll up against a nice cigar from your humidor, you'll quickly see the differences: rock solid tightness, a clean and smooth exterior, an eve...

  • 10 Cigars for New Dads

    It's a classic time to fire up a smoke: the birth of your child. Here are our top picks for cigars for new dads to enjoy when your whole life is about to get completely effed up (in the most adorable way).#1. Arturo Fuente Opus XScrew it - go for broke. You've created life and a one-dollar smoke ...

  • 6 Intense Cigars for Women

    Whenever you see recommendations for cigars for women online, they generally follow similar lines – milds, flavored smokes, cigars that start with the word “petite,” cigarillos, and the like. The problem is, a lot of these articles are targeted at creating a list of cigars for women that are begi...

  • A Newbie’s Journey from Initiate to Cigar Lover: How to Get Into Cigars 101

    One of our anonymous community members recently made the journey from cigar newbie to bona fide cigar lover and we thought it was interesting enough to share the story with you. It’s a pretty common experience, so maybe some of you will find it familiar? We’re also thinking that some beginners wh...

  • 6 Cigars for Beginners that Don’t Skimp on Flavor

    It’s enough already. All this coddling of beginners.If you’re new to cigars, but you’re tired of mild Connecticuts, this is the post for you. On this list, we’ve got six cigars that don’t go past medium strength, but that still bring a wealth of flavor and, in some cases, body. As you go along in...

  • Smoking with the Pharaohs: 5 Pyramides to Experience

    Cigar shapes are a funny thing. Our preferences can come from anywhere, really. It could be something functional, like that fact that we find a particular size and shape easy to hold. A petit corona, for example, at 5 x 42, is totally manageable. It’s light in the hand, narrow enough to fit comfo...

  • Value Kings: 8 Cigars Under $8 with 90+ Ratings

    Everybody knows that if you want a really good cigar, you’ve got to leave the gas station smokes behind and spend a little dough. But just spending a bunch of money isn’t always the answer. There’s plenty of expensive cigars that don’t quite deliver on the expectations we have when we shell out b...

  • RoMa Craft Leverages Unique Tobaccos to Stay Ahead of the Pack

    RoMa Craft Tobac is the creation of two regional cigar giants: Costa Rican Imports and Galveston Bay Tobacco, run by Michael Rosales and Skip Martin, respectively. Keen eyed readers will notice that RoMa combines the first two letters of the founders' last names.So, what makes RoMa Craft Tobac sp...

  • Warped Cigars: Bringing the Old Ways into the Future

    There's no denying that boutique cigars are having a bit of a moment right now. After the mainstream resurgence of cigars in the late '00s and early 2010s, small-batch blenders are playing an increasingly large role in the market and winning both customers and awards. With so many wonderful handm...