Ashes to Ashes

At first sight merely the waste after enjoyment, ash performs an important function and reveals a lot about the cigar. The most important function of ash is its influence on the burn temperature. The longer the ash, the less oxygen reaches the burning end of the cigar, which in turn reduces the burning temperature and…

The Tale of Trinidad

Cuba threw a huge party in February centered around the 50th birthday of the Trinidad brand, but that golden anniversary left many people scratching their heads. For most of its history Trinidad Cigars was a shrouded in secrecy and mystery. It didn’t become widely known until the 1990s, and the cigar as we know it today…

Cohiba—15 Fascinating Facts About Cuba’s Most Famous Cigar Brand

In a few decades Cohiba went from a private-label brand for Fidel Castro to becoming the most recognizable, sought-after cigar in the world. Up there with Dom Pérignon vintage Champagne, Rolls Royces and Patek Philippe watches, the Cohiba name is now synonymous with luxury goods, and for the most part, they live up to the…

WHO ARE THE BUYERS OF HIGH-PRICED VINTAGE CIGARS?

As we’ve discovered, the world of vintage cigars is poorly defined, and even less understood. With some information from a few specialists, I found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups. Dr. Maximilian Herzog, owner of three cigar specialist stores in Berlin, is regarded as a shrewd broker on the vintage…

Pipe Smoking for Beginners: How to Pack, Light, and Enjoy a Tobacco Pipe

For many societies throughout history, pipe smoking was (and is) a sacred ritual. Men would light their tobacco for various ceremonies including weddings, funerals, and the signing of treaties (hence the term “peace pipe”). It was an important part of their traditions and cultural heritage. In more modern times, gentlemen would smoke a pipe as…

The Ultimate 2018 Summer Season Events Guide

An endless list of summer events where you can enjoy your cigars. From mass spectator to music festivals, the UK will host a wealth of major events over the coming year. The list below shows some of the major events currently taking place 2018. Don’t forget your cigars as well, many of our cigar samplers are supplied in…

Cigarillos: Short and Small

In Europe, the Cigarillos, or Short, Dry-Cured Cigar, Sells. In America, it Has Never Caught On. The meal is over. The plates that once held veal marsala and other Italian delights have been cleared, and small cups of dark, froth-topped espresso are being wheeled to the table. The perfect time for a cigar, decides Max…

Why bother ageing cigars? Smoke and live for the day.

Most Cubans get pretty excited when they have the opportunity to smoke an aged cigar—even the tobacco experts. It just isn’t something that most of them get to do, even if they grow tobacco or work in a cigar factory or shop. It’s understandable. They live for current production cigars. They have to focus on…

Principal Cigar Shapes and Sizes

One of the glories of Habanos is the sheer choice – 27 brands with more than 250 different cigars between them.  Here are the main cigar sizes and shapes that it is useful to know about. Habanos come in lengths from under 4 inches (100mm) to over 9 inches (230mm). The industry standard measure for…