Buy the Best Cuban Cigars for Under £20 in 2023

Cuban cigars are renowned for their quality and flavour but can also be expensive. Finding a Cuban cigar under £20 in 2023 may be challenging due to rising prices, but some options are still available. Remember that prices vary based on location, taxes, and other factors. Here are five Cuban cigars that are relatively affordable,…

Can you Pair Cigars with Champagne?

This largely depends on personal preference. For some, cigars and champagne can be a luxurious and indulgent treat, while for others, it may not be the best combination. However, the notes of the cigar will affect the taste of the champagne, so it is important to consider the flavours of both items before making a…

A Guide to Pairing Cigars & Beers

Beer is a beloved beverage that captivates our palates and hearts. From Stouts to Indian Pale Ales, Lagers to Bitters, and even Real Ales boasting flavours resembling banana bread, the world of beer offers endless variety. Craft breweries have surged in popularity recently, leading to a newfound fervour in the cigar world. Enthusiasts now seek…

Should Cigars Wrapped in Cellophane be Unwrapped for Storage?

A clear, protective material that is put around many premium cigars. Cellophane was created in 1912. True cellophane is a natural substance made of cellulose, the main component in the cell wall of a plant. A machine makes tubes of cellophane, and workers in a cigar factory slip individual cigars within the tubes. The cellophane…

Stains on cigar wrappers: Green, yellow, black and white spots explained.

Over the years, I have put together an entire collection of cigars with wrappers of various discolouration. I’m not talking about cigar bloom, an effect that can be removed from the wrapper. Discolouration of the wrapper cannot be removed since it is usually a pigment fault in the leaf. Green or greyish green stains, yellow…

The Magic Behind Maduro Cigars

Cigars come in many colours. From green to midnight black, cigar colour is the result of fermentation or so we are led to believe. In order to fully understand how a maduro wrapper is made, we have to look into the dark side of cigar making. Although it is generally true that fermentation determines tobacco…

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…

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…

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…