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The LifeStyle: The Life Of Davidoff Cigars Is The Life Of Zino Davidoff

The story of Davidoff Cigars is much different than any other cigar manufacturer today. Generally speaking, a cigar company was either born in Cuba and moved after the Revolution, or simply started up somewhere in the U.S. or Latin America. Not Davidoff Cigars though. No, the story all starts with one man: Zino Davidoff. The eldest of four children, Zino was born to a Jewish family in present day Ukraine while it was still under the control of Soviet Russia. His parents were tobacco merchants in Kiev, with many loyal customers searching out their products. However, due to political turmoil and heavily anti-Semitic sentiments that reached almost genocidal levels, his family emigrated to Geneva, Switzerland in 1911 for a better life, opening a new tobacconist shop in 1912. After his schooling was finished, he traveled to South America to tour around the tobacco fields and learn more about the cigar trade in Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba where he eventually ended up working for two years.

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Upon returning to Switzerland in 1930, he took over his parent’s shop and grew the modest storefront into a booming business as a result of his newfound knowledge of cigars and tobacco in general. Along with continuing the business’s tradition of blending custom made cigarettes, Zino started importing premium hand-rolled Cuban cigars, and to store them in the proper environment, he invented the first ever climate-controlled humidor in the basement of his shop.

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Perhaps the biggest moment for Zino was when he received a call from SEITA, the French tobacco monopoly during WWII. Basically, the Nazi’s were goose stepping all over France and the French didn’t want the Nazis to confiscate the two million habanos they had stored in a customs warehouse. Zino jumped on the opportunity to buy them all up and his shop was the only store in the world with a consistent supply of premium Cubans. The money he made by selling these cigars funded what is now the most premier cigar manufacturer in the world, Davidoff Cigars. Originally it started with only Cuban blends such as the Chateau lines, but Zino’s ties with Cubatabaco ended when quality started to falter under the state owned monopoly’s hands. Zino personally set ablaze over one hundred thousand of his own cigars saying they were not fit to be smoked due to the low standards.

He eventually opened his Dominican operation in 1990, right before the American cigar boom, and Davidoff Cigars soon became the king of the cigar world. With the transition to the Dominican factory, Zino created the flagship Davidoff Aniversario line, popular among every cigar circle and a testament to the quality and flavor Davidoff is known for. Throughout the years, and to keep up with the ever changing palates of consumers, in 2001 the Davidoff Millennium came into existence – a strong yet still wonderfully flavorful smoke for the ages. In recent years, the company made waves of husky-kid-nailing-a-cannonball proportions with their brand new Davidoff Nicaragua being premiered in late 2013 and the acquisition of Camacho Cigars from Christian Eiroa.

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When you buy and light up a Davidoff Cigar, you’re not simply buying a stogie to smoke. You’re buying a rich history that started in turmoil, suffered through two World Wars, the Cuban Revolution, yet still maintained the standard of excellence Zino’s father held in that small tobacco shop in Kiev. Today, Davidoff is still going strong and will continue to create premium cigars that will be appreciated by even the most discerning smoker.

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Davidoff Cigars are to the cigar world as Bentley is to the car industry. There’s simply no better recognized brand in the entire world. Of course, many believe these to be the cigar of the bourgeoisie; they’re nothing short of an amazing cigar meant for anyone to enjoy any moment of the day. They’re known for their absolutely flawless quality control, having the best of any cigar manufacturer in existence, and incredible overall consistency.

Cigar Line

Escurio
A night in Rio inspires an adventure of taste

Winston Churchill
There is only one Winston Churchill. There is only one cigar to bear his name.

Oro Blanco
The rarest cigar for the rarest of moments.

Classic
Fresh floral scents mingle with earthy, woody notes, and the barest hints of a sweet, clean, creamy aftertaste.

Mille
Mille series redefines the timeless elegance of the Classic Blend with slightly wider ring gauge formats.

Nicaragua
The new Davidoff Nicaragua – Discovered by and appreciated by those in the mood to explore.

Grand Cru
Leaves from carefully selected fields are used to create this unmistakable blend: woody, slightly spicy, with an earthy aroma.

Puro D’Oro
Exceptionally pure and deeply rich, the Puro d’Oro blend was created using only the finest tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.

Millennium Blend
The Davidoff Millennium blend celebrates a transition. A beautiful shift to to a new millennium filled with fresh horizons.

Special
Davidoff’s Special Series marks the renaissance of emblematic classic shapes; robustos, culebras, perfectos and other figurados.

Aniversario
The exquisite aroma and carefully balanced blend of tobaccos declare the Aniversario range worthy of the most important times.

Maduro
The Maduro series presents intense yet smooth aromas of nuts, caramel, and honey with sweet twists of dark chocolate and chili.

Primeros
Imagine being able to stop life momentarily and enjoy time to pause and reflect.

Limited Editions
Superlative craftsmanship is supported by deep heritage all in the service of delivering unforgettable moments of pleasure.

Royal
Davidoff’s Royal Series is expertly and meticulously crafted for life’s happiest occasions.

Colorado Claro Line
The Davidoff Colorado Claro line is based on the Special line formats but carries a very rare wrapper.

Cigarillos
First created over 40 years ago, Davidoff cigarillos are now the most popular cigarillos in the world.

Checkout the Davidoff Website

The LifeStyle: Lashes & Mustashes Mobile Luxury Lounge

Owned and Operated by: Joyce “Cigarfoxy” Larkins

Smoking a cigar is not a pastime, but an experience.  I started Lashes & MustASHES to bring the luxury, class and sophistication of my favorite cigar lounges to clients who look to make their next event, party or business retreat truly memorable.

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There’s nothing quite like the experience of enjoying my favorite cigar, surrounded by plush leathers and wood with music or a sporting event playing in the background. Engaging in conversation with my fellow leaf lovers – while sipping on a glass of rum, cognac or vintage port – is something I hold dear to my heart.

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Cigars are a symbol of a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle, an activity enjoyed with class, refinement and tact by millions of people across the country. In fact, cigars are one of the few pleasures available to our troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also has a certain sense of mystery, something that is unlike any other tobacco product.

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Lashes & MustASHES was created to offer enthusiasts a smoker-friendly, luxurious destination to enjoy their favorite cigars at any location of their choosing. We bring something remarkably special to your business, club or venue, providing your guests with the opportunity to enjoy the company of their friends and colleagues in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere.

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In addition, we have a stake in our community. A percentage of our profits go directly to “BENEFIT G.O.A.L.S”, a non-profit organization committed to helping male student athletes from single-parent homes make their first step towards higher education.

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If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, try out one of our portable cigar lounge experiences. I am confident that you’ll find that it brings a completely new level of class and variety to your next outing or event.

Lashes and MustASHES brings portability to the finest elements enjoyed by Cigar and Pipe Smokers in a welcoming upscale Cigar Lounge environment.

CIGAR LOUNGE AND LUXURY RECREATIONAL VEHICLE RENTAL
The Cigar Lounge Veranda and the Luxury RV Land Yacht Travel Trailer each provide stocked humidor with premium cigars, plush leather seating, media options, signature hostess service and can be rented for 4 hours or multiple days.

CIGAR & CIGAR ACCESSORY SALES & SERVICES/ CIGAR HOSTESS SERVICE
Lashes and MustASHES is licensed to sell Tobacco products. However, our environments are a “Bring your own Alcohol” arrangement. Whether its for a private poker game with 10 friends or an event with 300 attendees, we can customize the right Cigar Hostess Service Experience for your event.

BRAND ENHANCEMENT/CUSTOMIZATION-CANOPY/VEHICLE WRAP SERVICE
We work with existing establishments like Night Clubs, Country Clubs, Professional Sports Arenas, Corporations, etc. to become an extension of their events team to deliver a unique value added Customer Appreciation experience.

Email: jlarkins@lashesandmustASHES.com
Website: http://www.lashesandmustASHES.com

The LifeStyle: Cigars and Fashion With Shelly Bloom’s Fashion Clothiers

Cigars and fashion when tailored together is a work of art. Shelly Bloom and Tony Pichs make it happen daily in the heart of South Florida. Dressing up has always been part of any special occasion which is one reason that cigars and fashion are so easily coupled. Cigars are a symbol of festive events much like dressing up is inherently part of any special event. Conversely, cigars are no longer a strange exotic fruit that the common man rarely gets to indulge in.

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Cigars are ubiquitous, cigar publications dot the landscape, bloggers create cigar related information in volumes, YouTube channels illustrate cigar centric material, and celebrities further espouse the mystic of cigar culture. However, with all the populism and ubiquity of cigars there still remains the festive and fashionable nature of cigars. Dressing the part takes a backseat but a seat nonetheless.

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If you walk into the cigar lounge dressed like a beach bum you will be greeted like any other patron, you can still lay back on the leather couches, bask in the darkness of the wood toned architecture, but the most important part of the experience, the people, will suffer. Dressing the part enhances the experience like smiling on the phone improves the voice it works. I could use a makeover myself and I plan to consult Tony Pichs get ready.

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Company Information

Fashion Clothier’s was started in 1964 by Nathan Bloom. Shelly Bloom joined Fashion Clothiers in 1964, along with Linda Bloom in 1973 after the passing of Nathan Bloom. Shelly Bloom’s Fashion Clothiers is one of the last standing Men’s Clothing Stores in South Florida.

Led by owner Shelly Bloom and 28 year partner Tony Pichs, Fashion Clothiers has grown into the leading Men’s Store in South Florida. Selling 4,000 Men’s Suits annually has attracted the attention of the local and South American markets.

Shelly Bloom’s Fashion Clothiers continues to lead by offering the “Buy One Suit And Get 19 Additional Units Of Clothing” for FREE. Priced only at $349.00!

Linda Bloom has managed Fashion Clothiers with Tony Pichs for almost 30 years and we are now celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

Come In And Celebrate With Us!

Shelly Bloom’s Fashion Clothiers
2650 NW 5th Ave
Miami, Florida 33127
Tel: 305-573-5890
Website: http://www.shellybloom.net/
Email: pichstp@yahoo.com or sbloomsh@aol.com

The LifeStyle: BMW Pays Tribute to 1930s Roadster ‘Hommage’ Unveiled

Back in the ’30s BMW unveiled the 328 – the most successful and best-looking sports car at that time. The car’s success was due to its impressive design parameters: systematic lightweight construction, aerodynamic lines, optimum engine types, and outstanding suspension technology. Now, as a celebration of the car’s 75th anniversary, BMW will unveiled the 328 Hommage at this year’s Mille Miglia. This model modernizes the principles and the character of the vehicle from back then and offers a possible interpretation of how the designers of that time, Fritz Fiedler and Rudolf Schleicher, might have built the BMW 328 if they had the use of our current technology.

“With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328”, explains Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic. “They created an icon, which is consid-ered a milestone in the history of the automobile.”

The 3.0-litre straight six-powered concept makes extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, a material already used by BMW in the M6 and M3, and one that’s likely to feature in its forthcoming range of i eco-models. Indeed, the show car’s bodywork uses the carbon weave pattern as a design cue; it’s not covered up by any paint, a move that also fits with the 328’s ethos of light weight.

The styling apes the looks of the original 328, incorporating key BMW design elements such as the double kidney grille – but there are also strong overtones from the Vision ConnectedDrive roadster that was revealed at the Geneva show earlier this year. The rear has a particularly angular tail, with lights that echo the look of the Vision ED eco-supercar that’s earmarked for production.


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The LifeStyle: Lamborghini’s First SUV Urus to Debut 2017

For months, Lamborghini’s first SUV was rumored to be approved for production … then it wasn’t, and now a new report suggests that it’s officially official this time: the Urus will be built.The tall, angular Lambo will be produced in Italy, and a confirming statement is expected later this week. According to Bloomberg, Lamborghini and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have agreed on tax breaks to help expand the Italian automaker’s production, and that will lead to the hiring of about 500 new employees to build the new model.

Urus003Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and Rupert Stadler, head of Audi AG, parent company to Lamborghini, will announce the agreement at a press conference in Rome on Wednesday.

Lamborghini hopes the Urus will be a significant seller in the automaker’s portfolio. With expensive SUVs and crossovers selling like mad, a performance and styling-focused offering from Lamborghini could inject a new set of buyers and fund future projects. Current projections estimate the Urus could double the brand’s annual sales.

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The Urus will have some intense competition from models like the upcoming Bentley Bentayga, Rolls Royce SUV, and Maserati Levante, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, BMW X5/X6 M, and even from within the fold in the form of the pending Audi RSQ7. In fact, the Urus could share a V10 with the RSQ7.

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The Lamborghini’s competitive advantage won’t just be crazy output, but also light weight thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber. With something like 600 horsepower on tap, the Urus could be the quickest SUV ever produced when it rolls off the assembly line.

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It’s expected that the Urus will debut sometime in 2017 and Lamborghini hopes to sell 3,000 models each year.

The LifeStyle: Riva Yachts 27 to 164 Feet of Seduction

Riva yachts have always been a synonym for elegance, and simple luxury. What really stands out in all Riva yachts, open, flybridge and coupé, are the interiors. Expression of Italian artisan skill thanks to some of the most sought-after furnishings currently available on the market, Riva yachts are refined floating dwellings. The furnishings are a collection of styles, all the accessories, draw from the very best of Italian artisan traditions.

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The unique comfort these yachts offer seduce even the most demanding of owners. “Tan in the shade” thanks to a sundeck awning in perforated, technological TNT material which allows for ventilation, whilst sipping a cool glass of champagne, stored in a special quick chill fridge, or own a pair of exclusive, personalized water-skis. These are some of the elements which make Riva an immediately recognizable luxury brand.

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Since the ‘50s, a true gallery of famous people have enjoyed, and indeed continue to enjoy, a Riva yacht: from Brigitte Bardot, with her Florida to King Hussein of Jordan, who moored his Super Aquarama in Santa Margherita Ligure; from Anita Ekberg, who purchased a Tritone where she could indulge in her own personal Dolce Vita, to Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who used a Junior as a tender for their yacht, and the Shah of Persia, who fell in love with the Riva 2000.

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Lastly, Sofia Loren and Sean Connery, who bought a Rudy three years after giving up filming the famous 007 series. Though growing and evolving, Riva remains a luxury icon. A brand where the eccentricity of passing trends does not have the upper hand, but rather long-lasting quality, painstaking care over detail, that touch of glamour which underlines the correct balance between tradition and modernity. I’m sure everyone I know would love to #smokegood and #drinkgood on the beautiful yacht, definitively on my buck-list.

 

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On 1 May 2000 the Ferretti Group took over the Riva boatyard, which could thus go back to flying the Italian flag. The Group had a strong will to relaunch Riva products and the brand by focusing on quality, design, and uniqueness. Riva celebrated the turn of the millennium with the largest rally of period boats in history: more than one hundred yachts, representing all Riva models, paraded on Lake Iseo on 10 September 2000, led by the Aquarama carrying onboard Carlo Riva and Norberto Ferretti, bonded by friendship and mutual esteem.

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The opening of the Sarnico shipyard, which was established in 1842 on Lake Iseo, in the area of Franciacorta, marked the beginning of Riva’s long history, from the construction of legendary wooden hulls all the way to today’s yachts, ranging between 27 and 68 feet in length. The heart of the boatyard is the office of Mr. Carlo Riva, who personally designed it with a special care for functionality. Called “la Plancia” (helm Station), this office is located in the middle of the shed’s large dome and features a 40-metre wide arcade supported by two pillars, which also sustain two bridge cranes, each of theme capable of lifting boats weighing over 20 tons. The innovative, futuristic architecture of this office, which is visible from as far as the opposite side of the lake and is protected – just like the entire boatyard – by the Superintendence for Cultural heritage, does not go unseen and still represents an impressive example of modern architecture. The boatyard extends over an area of 36,000 square meters, 17,000 of which are sheltered, and can rely on 10 available mooring berths, 2 jib cranes, 4 painting booths, and a 50-ton capacity trailer used to move finished yachts to the quays and for the handling of shells and large components.

The LifeStyle: Bentley SUV Set for 2016 Debut

With Bentley hard at work on its upcoming 2016 sports utility, more details regarding the plug-in hybrid SUV are beginning to surface. According to Auto Express, the Bentley’s pricing will start at around $200,000 when it hits showrooms, putting it in the general ballpark of top-line Range Rovers and Cayennes. The ultra-luxury Bentley will be slightly smaller than the Rover, sized more like a Cayenne but packed with way more trimming and luxury goodies.

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While the company’s CEO and Chairman, Wolfgang Schreiber, has already stated that the yet-unnamed SUV will be the first hybrid offered by Bentley, it appears that it may first be offered with a diesel engine. In this case, the first-ever diesel Bentley could be offered with the Cayenne Diesel S’s 4.2-liter turbocharged engine that makes 382 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. The new SUV will debut in 2016, followed by the hybrid version later that year or in 2017. Above all, it will have enough room to carry all the champagne flutes one driver could ever need.

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The Lifestyle: Audi Prologue Piloted Driving Concept Reveals

After watching the autonomous A7 drive itself from San Fran to Las Vegas, Audi has unveiled yet another self-driving concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Dubbed the Prologue Piloted Driving Concept, the car is based off the original Prologue that debuted in LA last year but comes packing an autonomous driving system. Using a combination of video cameras, radar sensors, a laser scanner and ultrasound sensors, the information gathered is fed into a central controller known as a zFAS, enabling the model to drive itself.

Under the skin rests a powertrain that is entirely to our liking—one befitting an upper-tier luxury coupe. Audi’s nearly ubiquitous twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 makes 605 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque here, and an overboost function increases the latter figure to 553 lb-ft for short bursts. Output is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. The sprint from zero to 62 mph takes a claimed 3.7 seconds, and we assume that the forward thrust is ruthlessly curtailed at the usual 155-mph top-speed threshold.

The construction, being of both aluminum and steel, is the only thing hybridized here; the body and the decision to go with a conventional powertrain help keep weight to a stated 4365 pounds. (Converted to metric, this means the car comes in 20 kilograms under the psychologically important 2000-kilo mark.) All-wheel steering—a technology that tends to wax and wane as decades roll by—is said to help agility, and roadholding is ensured by 285/30 Pirelli P Zero rubber wrapped around 22-inch wheels. Carbon-ceramic brakes are part of the package, too.

Going beyond the stylistic flourishes that will inform future Audi models, our educated guess is that the Prologue concept previews a future production A8-based coupe. If such a car materializes, it will look like this—and it will be called the A10.

 

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The LifeStyle: Ulysse Nardin Swiss Watchmaking at its Finest

Born in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1823, Ulysse Nardin followed in the watchmaking footsteps of his father, Léonard-Frédéric, apprenticing for him, and later, working with precision timepiece expert William DuBois. In 1846 in Le Locle, at the age of 23, Ulysse Nardin founded the company that still bears his name. He paved the company’s future with his pocket and marine chronometers, setting the benchmark in both civil and military realms. When he died in 1876, his son, Paul-David, took control.

Ulysse Nardin grew steadily in success and renown and was crowned by more than 4,300 watchmaking awards, including 18 gold medals. Despite its vast achievements, it fell victim to the quartz crisis in 1983 and was put up for sale. Yet, this setback transitioned into something remarkable: a creator of high horology that would propel its own renaissance and become revered, once again, for its revolutionary developments.

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Convinced the imaginative firm could become a market leader, Rolf W. Schnyder purchased the company. It was Schnyder meeting with watchmaking genius Dr. Ludwig Oechslin that sparked the turning point for Ulysse Nardin, resulting in the development of many milestones in the watch industry. Innovation remains embedded in the Ulysse Nardin culture, often expressed through breakthrough achievements and the proactive use of new materials, like Silicium and DIAMonSIL.

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Its many models, including its most iconic works, are housed within a four-pillar system for simple navigation: Marine, Functional, Exceptional and Classico. The Marine pillar pays tribute to Ulysse Nardin’s rich history with the sea and includes exquisite timepieces such as the Marine Chronometer Manufacture, Marine Diver and Lady Diver. “Functional” presents the game-changing Perpetual Calendar, Dual Time and Sonata. “Exceptional” showcases the Trilogy of Time series, which catapulted the brand’s comeback, and of course, one cannot forget the Freak, which stunned the Swiss watchmaking industry for its groundbreaking use of Silicium. The category also encompasses the minute repeaters, where time is not only seen, but also heard. The Classico pillar comprises timepieces that integrate in-house dials with the rare, centuries-old art of enameling.

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For nearly 170 years, Ulysse Nardin has forged ahead, anchored in seafaring roots with sights set on the horizon. Forever inventive, the manufacturer remains steadfast in its pioneering precision of fusing bold innovation with undeniable style. September 2014 heralds a new era for Ulysse Nardin who joined Kering’s “Luxury – Watches and Jewellery “ division. Through this acquisition, Kering will support the continuation of Ulysse Nardin’s path of innovation and ensure the future growth of independence in the manufacture of in-house movements.

 

The LifeStyle: A Gentleman’s Guide to Cigar Etiquette

It is important to remember that, while many gentlemen smoke cigars, not all cigar smokers are gentlemen. The mark of a true gentleman is his ability to smoothly navigate any social situation. To do this, a gentleman must familiarize himself with etiquette—including the etiquette that governs the smoking of cigars. Here is a list of ten rules that gentlemen always abide by while preparing, smoking or extinguishing a cigar.

1) A Gentleman Always Asks Permission—

Always ask permission from those around you before lighting a cigar. It’s important to remember that not everyone derives as much enjoyment from cigars as you do. Some people have respiratory problems that make it difficult for them to be around second-hand smoke. Others simply can’t abide the smell.

Whatever the particulars of the situation, you have a social obligation as a gentleman to do what you can to ensure the comfort of those around you. If you ask to smoke a cigar and the answer is no, do not badger or demand explanations from the person who refused you—it negates the original purpose of asking.

2) A Gentleman Always Brings Enough to Share—

Cigars are like tires: you should always have a spare. You can’t enjoy something as good as a cigar in public without being reasonably sure that someone else is going to ask you for one, and there’s absolutely nothing worse than a stingy cigar-smoker. You don’t need to be passing out $50 Royal Salomones at parties, but you do need to make sure you come prepared demonstrate your generosity when the occasion calls for it.

The sharing of cigars should be wordless. You should never beg or hassle someone for a cigar. If you want a cigar that badly, you should be carrying your own. Likewise, when you offer someone a cigar, the offer should be made silently—simply hold out an open cigar case and let the person decide for themselves whether or not they want one.

3) A Gentleman Never Lights Another Gentleman’s Cigar—

This is a basic rule that must be followed whenever you’re preparing to smoke a cigar. People who have never smoked a cigar before often operate under the mistaken assumption that it is polite to light another person’s cigar for them. This is an understandable and easily-forgivable mistake, but it’s still a mistake. If you light another person’s stogie, you run the risk of ruining the flavor by accidently forcing them to draw too hard on their cigar.

4) A Gentleman Knows When to Remove His Band—

The debate over whether or not a person should remove the band from the cigar they’re smoking is as old as it is laborious. There are strong arguments on both sides.

Some people consider it acceptable to remove the band from your cigar when you’re halfway finished with it. The rationale behind this position is that the heat from the cigar warms the glue of the band, making it easier to remove without destroying your cigar. Others consider leaving the band on a form of bragging; a way of drawing attention to the price and quality of the cigar you are smoking.

There is no universal rule governing cigar bands. The best way to avoid a cigar-smoking faux pas is to be aware of your surroundings. If the people you’re smoking with removed the bands from their cigars before they started smoking, it might behoove you to do the same. Likewise, if you’re smoking a cigar that is significantly more expensive than the cigars being smoked by those you’re with, you might want to consider removing the band.

5) A Gentleman Knows How to Hold His Cigar—

Don’t hold your cigar between your index finger and your middle finger. A cigar is not a cigarette and it shouldn’t be held like one. A cigar should be held between your thumb and your index finger. Under no circumstances should you use your cigar to gesture or point at another person or at an object in the distance. It’s dangerous and it’s not what your cigars are intended for.

6) A Gentleman Never Chews His Cigar—

Nobody likes a slobbery cigar. Chewing on your cigar moistens the wrapper and increases the likelihood that your cigar will fall apart while you smoke it. It also makes a mess. Bits of tobacco get into your mouth or spill onto the front of your shirt. Lastly, it makes the tobacco damp and heavy, restricting air flow and ruining the flavor of your cigar. If you really need something to chew on, save yourself $6 and invest in a pack of gum.

7) A Gentleman Knows That Smoking a Cigar is a Leisurely Activity—

Never smoke a cigar while walking, driving or working. A good cigar should be a gift you give yourself after a hard day or an unexpected bit of good news. Smoking a cigar should be something you set aside time to do, not something you do when you’re already occupied. There’s no point in smoking a cigar if you’re so distracted by whatever else it is you’re doing that you forget to appreciate the flavor and experience.

8) A Gentleman Takes His Time—

When smoking a cigar, the aspiring gentleman should be careful not to draw on his cigar more than once a minute. If you smoke a cigar too quickly, you could risk overheating your cigar and ruining its flavor. Besides, what’s the rush? If you don’t have time to properly enjoy the cigar you are smoking, then you don’t have time to smoke a cigar. In these situations, it’s usually best to keep your cigar stowed away until you have the time to appreciate it properly.

9) A Gentleman Doesn’t Chain-Smoke Cigars—

Chain-smoking cigars is almost as blasphemous as chewing on them. Cigars are not cheap cigarettes and they should not be treated as such. Many people say that you should wait at least fifteen minutes between cigars. Personally, I think you should wait thirty—especially if the cigar you’re going to smoke is a different brand from the one you just finished. Give your pallet time to cleanse itself so you can get the most out of the next cigar you smoke.

10) A Gentleman Doesn’t Crush Cigars in Ashtrays—

When you smoke a cigar, the tobacco inside the cigar amasses oils and tars that are contained by the cigar wrapper. When you stub your cigar out in an ashtray, it splits the wrapper, which causes your cigar to smolder and release a foul-smelling plume of smoke. If you’re finished smoking your cigar, simply let it go out on its own and discreetly dispose of the stub.

Some people claim that, if you let your cigar go out on its own, you can return to it within the hour and relight it without ruining the flavor. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s certainly better than trying to relight a cigar that’s been stubbed out. Cigars that have been stubbed out and relit taste like the ashtrays you put them out it—they are devoid of flavor and utterly unenjoyable.