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Cigars 101

A cigar is a tightly-rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canary Islands (Spain), and the Eastern United States. The origins of cigar smoking are still unknown. In Guatemala, a ceramic pot dating back to the tenth century features a Mayan smoking tobacco leaves tied together with a string. Sikar, the term for smoking used by the Mayans may have inspired the name cigar. More

Composition

A cigar’s outermost leaves or wrapper come from the widest part of the plant. The wrapper determines much of the cigar’s character and flavor, and as such its color is often used to describe the cigar as a whole. Over 100 wrapper shades are identified by manufacturers, but the seven most common classifications are as follows, from lightest to darkest. More

Size & Types

The most common shape is the parejo, sometimes referred to as simply “coronas”, which have traditionally been the benchmark against which all other cigar formats are measured. They have a cylindrical body, straight sides, one end open, and a round tobacco-leaf “cap” on the other end which must be sliced off, have a V-shaped notch made in it with a special cutter, or punched through before smoking. More

Storage

A humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity that is used to store cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops may have walk-in humidors. Humidors can be used to store other goods for which a certain level of humidity is desirable; the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team stores game balls in a large humidor at their home stadium, Coors Field, to counteract the effects of Denver’s high altitude and generally low humidity. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels. More

Manufacturers

List of cigar manufacturers from around the world, learn about there products and of course keep it smokey my friends. More

Cigar Traveler

A fair number of business travelers smoke cigars, which are typically savored one by one, and certainly not consumed in packs of 20, like cigarettes. Furthermore, they tend to smoke in social settings, like a fancy cigar lounge, and not necessarily in the hotel room itself. More

Video Tips

You can never stop learning when it comes to cigars, checkout these videos from industy experts to see what technique they share. More