February 21, 2020

Random questions frequently asked by novice smokers and aspiring cigar connoisseurs

​I heard that the darker the wrapper, the stronger the cigar - is this true?

This is a very common cigar myth, and is extraordinarily far from the truth.  Equating a cigar's wrapper with its strength is a huge misconception. And unfortunately, this misconception may deter a novice smoker from trying a phenomenal cigar for fear that the darker cigar may be to strong...

February 7, 2020

Random questions frequently asked by novice smokers and aspiring cigar connoisseurs

I saw some cigars in a shop covered with some white shit - why would they keep those moldy cigars on their shelves?

Maaannnn, that's good shit right there!

The white powdery substance that you may find on a cigar wrapper (the actual cigar wrapper, and sometimes on the inside of the cellophane wrapper) is called plume (or bloom).  As a cigar ages, some of its oils may...

February 1, 2020

Smokeasy's top 4 memorable smokes for the month of January

A. Flores 1975 Gran Reserva Maduro (PDR Cigars)

This cigar was launched in 2018 as the 4th addition to the A Flores 1975 Gran Reserva line (Corojo 2006, Sungrown, and Desflorado).  The Corojo 2006 was my favorite, especially the Half Corona which I affectionately refer to as "lil bastard"; however, I just got my hands on this Maduro about a month ago, and I think it may be my absolute favor...

January 24, 2020

Random questions frequently asked by novice smokers and aspiring cigar connoisseurs

Why do you puff on your cigars before you light them?

Taking pulls from my unlit cigar after cutting the cap (via guillotine, punch, or V-cut) is part of my pre-light ritual.  After, 1) taking time to assess the construction and the aesthetics of the wrapper of my cigar; 2) taking note of the aromas emanating from the wrapper and the foot; 3) gently squeezing the ci...

January 10, 2020

Random questions frequently asked by novice smokers and aspiring cigar connoisseurs

Do you ever dip your cigars in rum or cognac?

For the love of God...NO!  That's pure blasphemy!

This is probably one of the questions that are most frequently asked of me.  I've heard many speak of memories of their fathers, grandfathers, and uncles who traditionally dipped their cigars in rum, cognac, whisky, scotch, bourbon, brandy, or port.  For me, seeing cigar s...