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Cigars 101

“THE CIGAR HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST CREATURE COMFORTS OF MY LIFE. A KIND COMPANION – A GREAT STIMULANT – A CEMENTER OF FRIENDSHIPS” MR. BILL What is a Cigar? Cigars have been around since at least the 1700’s.  They were one of three ways to enjoy tobacco – pipes, snuff and cigars. The name itself comes from the Mayan word for smoking – sikar – and were originally known in Europe as sigars.  Though cultivation of tobacco was attempted in the Seville region of Spain in the late 1700’s, Europeans demanded a higher quality product. The American Civil War saw the enjoyment of cigars in the United States increase dramatically until the turn of the
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Cutting Your Cigar

Preparing to smoke a cigar can be a wonderful experience in itself. You will be spending quality time with a quality product and it will be to your benefit to reflect upon its creation before lighting up. Unlike cigarettes, you do not simply pull out a cigar, light the tip and start puffing. First of all, almost every premium cigar has a closed head that must be cut before you can begin to smoke. Where to cut? Well, first of all, you are cutting the uncut portion of the cigar – the head. The basic rule of thumb is to
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Handling Your Cigar

Lighting a cigar is not like lighting the tip of a cigarette or the wick of a candle – it takes longer. Light your cigar the same way you would toast a marshmallow over a campfire ? keep the cigar above or near the flame but don’t let them touch. First, you must “toast” the Cigar’s foot. The purpose of toasting is to ignite the outer layers of the tobacco (that’s the binder and the wrapper) which hold the cigar together. Hold the cigar at a 45-degree angle with the foot-end highest above the flame, but just out of touch
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Aging and Storing Your Cigars

Cigars, like any natural product, must be protected from extremes of temperature. A cigar that is too dry will smoke hot and unevenly. A cigar that is too moist will be hard to light and just as difficult to puff. The ideal humidity to store your cigars is between 65%-75% humidity. Ideally it is best to put your cigars in cedar boxes to enhance the flavor of tobacco over a period of time – the longer the better. This works great if you have a humidor large enough to handle storing your cigars within their own boxes. Make sure to
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Cigar Etiquette Cigar Etiquette

Shopping for cigars has become a full-time hobby for some people. Here are some simple rules to consider following… To test for moisture, cigars must be lightly grasped. But if you squeeze them too hard, they will crack. There has been an increase in broken cigars in stores because buyers have not been gentle enough with them. Remember, cigar wrappers are fragile; treat them that way. Smelling a cigar is frowned upon in most cigar stores. It is better to test its quality by lightly grasping it – but take care to not hold it too tightly or else you’ll
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Preparing Your Humidor for Use

Congratulations! You have selected your new Humidor!! Before you start using your Humidor, follow these steps to ensure your enjoyment of your fine cigars for years to come. Your Humidor has been crafted from seasoned wood. It is absolutely essential that it be “prepared”, or cured, BEFORE storing your cigars. Here is what you need to do: Remove and fill humidity device with distilled water. Dampen a fresh sponge with distilled water and wipe the interior sides, top, bottom and any dividers or trays. Place a plastic bag on the bottom of the humidor interior and place the damp sponge
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Women and Cigars

Ladies, take heart – you are not alone. This section of our Web Site is devoted to those who have chosen to stand out as unique cigar smokers enjoying a traditionally male pleasure. There are quite a few famous women who smoke cigars: Whoopi Goldberg Bette Midler Linda Evangelista Madonna Sharon Stone Demi Moore Jodie Foster Ellen Barkin This is by no means a complete list. The late Lucille Ball was also a cigar smoker. And like the statistics for the rest of the population of cigar smokers, the percentage is rising. It used to be a rare event to
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Some Advice on Cigars

Cigar smoking can be a very enjoyable activity, however some forethought must go into the process. Cigars, like any natural tobacco product, contain nicotine. For the vast majority of cigar smokers the nicotine is not the sole attraction. However it is there and if not managed properly can cause unpleasant effects, especially in the new cigar smoker. Smoking a cigar is best done after a reasonable sized meal that is “sitting well” with you. Never smoke a cigar on an empty stomach unless you know what you’re doing and are familiar with the cigar in question. Beverages such as port,
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The Colors of Cigars

Cigar wrappers come in a palette of colors that resemble human skin tones.  Just as scientists describe the rainbow in seven basic colors, cigar aficionados use seven basic color descriptions for wrappers, although there are many subtle shades in between these basic colors and some cigar merchants describe cigars in many more hues.  The easiest way to get a handle on this color scale is to remember that, just as the state of Colorado is in the middle of the United States (more or less), the color “Colorado” is in the middle of the range of wrapper colors. The variation in wrapper color is a function
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Shapes and Sizes

Traditional cigar shapes, or formats, vary greatly in size from brand to brand, so it’s important to describe cigars by their dimensions -length and diameter – as well as by their shape.  In the U.S., the U.K. and Cuba, length is measured in inches and diameter is designated in “ring gauge” – a measurement divided into 64ths of an inch.  A cigar with a ring gauge of 42, for example, has a diameter of 42/64ths of an inch.  (In other countries, length is given in centimeters and diameter in millimeters.)  Fine cigars are not weighed, except for quality control purposes in the factory.   Despite certain myths, there is
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