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6 Major Cigar Mistakes

6 Major Cigar Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Whether you don’t want to look like a novice or just want to lay down the law on your fellow smokers, here are some common bad practices that go by unnoticed too often. 1. Removing the Band Prematurely This seems like a natural thing to do for most novice smokers. You might get lucky and […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel-Aged Robusto

Camacho American Barrel-Aged Robusto (5×50) W: Pennsylvania Broadleaf B: American Broadleaf F: American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Honduran Corojo Factory: Occidental Cigars, D.R.   The first Camacho core line cigar to be produced in the Dominican Republic, the American Barrel-Aged features a blend made up almost entirely of U.S.-grown tobaccos. The secret ingredient […]

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HOW TO CUT A CIGAR WITHOUT CUTTER

No Cutter? No Problem. 3 Crucial Cigar Hacks.

Even though I own well over, I don’t know, 300 some odd cutters in various shapes and sizes, I still seem to end up in situations where they’re nowhere to be found. Since the words “I guess I just won’t smoke” will never be uttered in these moments, I’ve come across some improvisations that have […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Review: Elogio Excentrico No. 3

Elogio Excentrico No. 3 (6 1/8×58) W: Ecuadorian Habano B: Nicaraguan Ometepe F: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Pennsylvania Factory: Tabacalera La Flor De San Luis S.A., Esteli       Blended using an interesting mix of Dominican Ligero and Seco, Pennsylvania Viso, and Esteli Seco tobaccos beneath a Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and Ecuador Habano wrapper, this […]

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5 Cigar Tricks You Should Use Every Time You Light Up

                                            So you’ve got a hold of your favorite standby stick. Or maybe somebody just gifted you a Padron, Opus, or Liga and you’re sitting there smacking your lips. However it came to you, […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Villiger Talanga

Villiger Talanga Double Robusto (5.5×54) W: Honduran Connecticut B: Nicaraguan Habano F: Nicaraguan Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A., Nicaraguan It’s easy to overlook Villiger’s relatively young line-up of premium handmade cigars, which came to fruition only a few, short years ago. Since 1888, they’ve been mostly associated with machine mades. That’s exactly why I decided to light one up and see what they’re […]

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La Boheme by Boutique Blends Cigars (video)

Rafael Nodal, of Boutique Blends Cigars, was very excited to tell us about his newest blend, La Boheme, a cigar steeped in the traditions of  his three passions, Cigars, Cuba and Music. Find the La Boheme here: https://www.bestcigarprices.com/la-boheme-cigars/

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J.Fuego Cigar Company (video)

Fifth Generation cigar maker, Jesus Fuego, took a few minutes to tell us about the history of the J.Fuego Cigar Company. Find all the J.Fuego Cigar blends here: https://www.bestcigarprices.com/j.-fuego-cigars/

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Signs of a Well Aged Wrapper with Alejandro Turrent (video)

Of all the steps in the making of a cigar, aging the tobacco is one of the most important ones. Here, Alejandro Turrent of Casa Turrent Cigars shares a tip on how to tell if you’re smoking a cigar with a well-aged wrapper.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Make a Cigar Box Guitar

  Right around the year 1840 cigar makers switched over from shipping cigars in large crates to smaller boxes of 20-50 cigars. And just as swiftly as that change was made, the amateur luthiers set to work making guitars from these resonant, little boxes of tobacco. Fast forward to present day and your house is littered with them. […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: PDR Small Batch Reserve Robusto Habano

Originally a limited release cigar, the PDR Small Batch Reserve Habano is back with a new look and slightly modified blend, and is now part of Abe Flores & crew’s stable of regular production smokes. The new version combines extensively aged Cuban-seed Dominican and Nicaraguan Corojo filler leaves with a

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Tom Lazuka on Asylum Cigars (video)

Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum Cigar, introduces us to the many blends in the Asylum Cigar portfolio. From their best selling Asylum 13 to the new Insidious, Asylum Cigars is definitely one of the most interesting brands in the business. Transcript: Hi, I’m Tom Lazuka. I’m the co-founder of Asylum Cigars. I’m here today with […]

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Gurkha Cigars: Prize Fighter (video)

Charlie from Gurkha cigars took some time to talk to us about the smooth, budget-priced Prize Fighter cigar. Transcript: Hi, Charlie Doc Watson with Gurkha Cigars. I’d like to speak to you about the Prize Fighter. It is a very mild to medium cigar with a nice Connecticut shade, Ecuadorian wrapper, and an Ecuadorian/Indonesian binder […]

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Rocky Patel: Decade Cameroon (video)

  Nimish Desai, of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, took a few minutes to tell us about the Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon. Transcript: Hi, my name is Nimish Desai with Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. I’m here to tell you about our new release coming out very soon called Decade Cameroon. Everyone goes, “Why are you coming […]

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Avo Cigars: Heritage (video)

Scott Collisare of Avo Cigars took a few minutes to tell us the story of the 90-rated AVO Heritage Cigar. Find all the Avo Heritage Cigars here: https://www.bestcigarprices.com/avo-heritage-cigars/ Transcript: Hello, everyone. My name is Scott Kolesaire. I am the brand manager of AVO Cigars. I want to take a minute to talk to you about the […]

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Say “NO” To Pennsylvania’s Cigar Tax!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a new 40% tax on premium cigars sold in the state. What this means for PA cigar smokers is that a box of cigars that normally costs $100 will now cost $140 or more! Help protect premium cigars and exempt them from excessive taxation! We are urging all Pennsylvania […]

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Christian Eiora on CLE Cigars (video)

Christian Eiroa, founder of CLE Cigars, explains the intricate process behind the creation of this unique cigar brand. Transcript: How are you guys doing? My name is Christian Eiroa. I’m here visiting the folks at BestCigarPrices.com. Here to talk to you guys about the CLE Signature cigar line, and also the Eiroa and the Eiroa […]

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Smoking Cigars with Christian Eiroa (video)

Christian Eiroa of CLE Cigars imparts some wisdom on how to better enjoy your cigar. Transcript: Hey, guys, Christian Eiroa with CLE Cigars and Eiroa Cigars. We also get asked a lot about how to taste cigars and how to best enjoy cigars. Definitely, you’ve got to learn how to blow the smoke out your nose. […]

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Asylum Cigars: Straight Jacket (video)

Tom Lazuka of Asylum Cigars talks to us about the company’s delicious and full bodied Nicaraguan Puro, the Straight Jacket. Transcript: Hi, my name’s Tom Lazuka. I’m the co-founder of Asylum Cigars. I’m here today to talk to you a little bit about our Straight Jacket cigar. This is our fullest body Nicaraguan puro. It’s made […]

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Concert by CAO (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender at CAO, on the inspiration behind the Concert by CAO. Transcript: Hello, I’m Rick Rodriguez the Head Blender for CAO. I’m here to talk about the Concert. There’s a story behind the Concert. What the Concert is, is I want to honor CAO in their home of Nashville. When CAO was […]

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OSA SOL by CAO (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender for CAO, took a few minutes to talk to us about the inspiration for his first blend for the company, OSA SOL. Transcript: Hello, I’m Rick Rodriguez, the Head Blender for CAO. I’m here to talk about the CAO OSA, my first blend for CAO. That wrapper is from a state […]

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Cigar Pairings with Rick Rodriguez (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender for CAO Cigars, imparts his philosophy on pairing cigars with beverages. Transcript: Hey, guys. I’m Rick Rodriguez, the head blender for CAO. I get asked often, “What do you pair your cigars with?” And that is a very hard question to answer because everybody’s palate is unique. The beauty of anything […]

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Box Pressed Cigars with Rick Rodriguez (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender for CAO Cigars, sheds some light on the subject of Box Pressed Cigars. While many of us know how they get their shape, the reason behind it and it’s impact on the cigar smoking experience isn’t quite as well documented. Transcript: Hey, guys. I’m Rick Rodriguez, the head blender for CAO. […]

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Cigar 101- Spanish Cedar

Spanish cedar lining If you’ve ever shopped for a cigar humidor, chances are you’ve come across the term “Spanish cedar” in reference to interior lining, but what exactly is Spanish cedar and why is it found inside most good quality humidors? For starters, Spanish cedar (botanical term “cedrela odorata,”) does not originate from Spain as […]

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Cigar Tasting Tips with Jesus Fuego (video)

When it comes to cigar tasting tips, few people have better advice than Jesus Fuego of J.Fuego Cigars. Transcript: Hi, everybody. This is Jesus Fuego with J. Fuego Cigars. We’re here at BestCigarPrices.com talking cigars and talking cigar experiences. Here’s a question that I get from a lot of smokers in my travels and in […]

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The Rogue by Gurkha Cigars (video)

Charlie of Gurkha Cigar Company took a few minutes to talk to us about the Rogue by Gurkha Cigars. Transcript: Hi, Charlie Doc Watson with Gurkha Cigars. I wanted to tell you a little bit about the Rogue from East India Trading Corporation line from Gurkha Cigars. It is a full-bodied smoke with pepper and […]

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Rafael Nodal on the Aging Room Havao (video)

Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends speaks to us about the Aging Room Havao, one of the earliest blends from this well respected and highly coveted brand. Transcript: Hi, my name is Rafael Nodal from Boutique Blends.  I’m here to talk to with my friends at Best Cigar Prices about the Aging Room Havao.  When I […]

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Aging Room Quattro F55 (video)

The Aging Room Quattro F55 was recently named the number 2 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado Magazine for 2013. Here Rafael Nodal tells us a little more about this incredibly successful blend.   Transcript: Hi, I’m Rafael Nodal from Boutique Blends. I’m here today to tell you about my Aging Room Quattro F55. […]

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Aging Room Cigars by Rafael Nodal (video)

One of the most well received brands in the cigar industry today, Aging Room Cigars feature numerous blends with 90+ ratings and the 2013 #2 cigar of the year, the F55. Here, Rafael Nodal explains the genesis of this unique, boutique blend. Transcript: Hi my name is Rafael Nodal from Aging Room, Swag, Boutique Blend […]

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Nick Perdomo on the Perdomo Habano Cigar (video)

Nick Perdomo of Perdomo Cigars talks about the unique Habano line from Perdomo Cigars. Transcript: Hi, Nick Perdomo from Perdomo Cigars. Today, I’d like to talk to you about a very special cigar, the Perdomo Habano line. The Perdomo Habano Line was a very unique cigar when it came out eight years ago when our […]

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Perdomo Cigars: Exhibicion (video)

Nick Perdomo of Perdomo Cigars took a few moments to speak to us about the Exhibicion Cigar line. Transcript: Hi, Nick Perdomo from Perdomo Cigars. I’d like to talk to you a little bit about our Perdomo Exhibicion Line. Four sizes in three wrappers, a cigar for somebody who is looking for a lot of […]

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Nick Perdomo on Perdomo Cigars Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne & Champagne Noir (video)

Nick Perdomo of Perdomo Cigars discusses the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne & Champagne Noir cigar. Transcript: Hi, Nick Perdomo from Perdomo Cigars at BestCigarPrices.com. I would like to talk to you a little bit about our Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne and our Perdomo Champagne Noir. As many of you know, the Perdomo Reserve 10th […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: E.P. Carrillo 2015 Short Run

E.P. Carrillo 2015 Short Run Imperios (6×60) W: Criollo Jalapa 98 B: Nicaraguan F: Nicaraguan and Dominican Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., Dominican Republic E.P. Carrillo has officially released its 6th version of the Short Run, this time with a decadent Criollo 98 wrapper from Jalapa. With plenty of rave reviews for previous releases, this year’s offering […]

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Anatomy of a Tobacco Plant with Rick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez of CAO Cigars took a few minutes to explain to us what the different sections of a tobacco plant are and how these sections are used to make cigars. Transcript: Hi, guys. I’m Rick Rodriguez, the head blender from CAO. I’m here to talk about the different sections of a tobacco plant. If […]

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The Art of Cigar Blending with Rick Rodriguez (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender at CAO, took a few minutes to talk to us about the process of developing a new cigar blend. From the basics of flavor and strength to finding the right wrapper, Rick provides us with some insight into this long standing tradition. Transcript: Hi, guys. I’m Rick Rodriguez, head blender from […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Untamed Toro by La Aurora

Untamed Toro by La Aurora (5 1/2×54) W: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro B: Dominican F: Nicaraguan, Dominican Factory: E. Leon Jimines Tabacalera, Santiago, Dominican Republic   La Aurora’s strongest blend yet, the full-bodied Untamed brings a bold new look and tasting profile to the century-old company’s cigar portfolio. A combination of select Nicaraguan and Dominican leaves under an abundantly oily and textured Connecticut Broadleaf are the secret to Untamed’s furious full flavor.   Notes: The initial few puffs of the cigar were 4-alarm spicy; proceed with caution. The Untamed produced lots of dense, creamy smoke with each draw and was impressively smooth. The word “robust” gets thrown around all too often in this industry, it should really be reserved for cigars like this. For those masochists out there who enjoy a tear-producing peppery retrohale, Untamed will not disappoint. Before I even finished this review I jumped onto our site and bought a stash of these for myself. For all the bold, heavy flavor that the Untamed pumped out for the majority of the smoke, the final third was surprisingly mellow in comparison – more coffee and wood than peppery spice.   Flavor Report: Fiery red pepper, smoky cedar, espresso, dried fruit sweetness, cocoa, sweet cream, butter, gingerbread Overall: 9/10   The Untamed Toro’s hearty, robust flavor hit the spot like Hawkeye from start to finish. This, along with […]

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Tailored by Alec Bradley Cigars (video)

Dave Topper of Alec Bradley Cigars took a few minutes to talk to us about Tailored, a new cigar by Alec Bradley made exclusively for Best Cigar Prices. Transcript: Hi, I’m Dave Topper with Alec Bradley Cigars, and we are the proud manufacturers of a brand new brand coming out from Best Cigar Prices called […]

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Perdomo Cigars 20th Anniversary Cigar

Nick Perdomo of Perdomo Cigars talks about the very special 20th Anniversary Cigar line by Perdomo Cigars. Transcript: Hi. Nick Perdomo from Perdomo Cigars. Today, I’d like to talk to you about the Perdomo 20th Anniversary. A very special cigar near and dear to my heart. It comes in five sizes and we’re having a […]

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Nimish Desai on the Birth of Rocky Patel Cigars (video)

While everyone in the cigar industry knows of Rocky Patel, not everyone knows how the Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company got started. Here Nimish Desai tells us about the creation of the company and how they’ve been able to become so successful. Transcript: Hi, I’m Nimish Desai with Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. You know, when […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Exactus Clasico

Exactus Clasico Robusto (5×54) W: Ecuadorian Connecticut B: Dominican wine-fermented F: Dominican Criollo 98 Factory: Tabacalera El Artista, Tamboril, Dominican Republic When you saw the name Exactus, you may have thought I was reviewing their monsterous Super Coloso, measuring in at 11 inches x 90. I’m still waiting to get the okay from management to do an eight […]

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Pura Soul: Nicaraguan (video)

Robert Wright of Pura Soul Cigars speaks about the first blend from Pura Soul Cigars, the Nicaraguan blend. Transcript: My name is Robert Wright of Pura Soul Cigars. I just want to tell you a little bit about my first blend. It’s a Nicaraguan cigar. It’s blended to be very, very flavorful. I consider it […]

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Tasting Tips with Robert Wright of Pura Soul Cigars (video)

Robert Wright of Pura Soul Cigars shares some pointers on ways to better taste cigars. We’re not sure how accurate the science of it is, but we appreciate the sentiment…which is all that really matters. Transcript: My name is Robert Wright of Pura Soul Cigars. You know, I often get asked by a variety of […]

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Cigar Pairings with Nimish Desai (video)

Nimish Desai, of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, shares with us his motto for cigar pairings. Transcript: Hi, my name is Nimish Desai with Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. People always ask me, “What do you like to enjoy with your cigars?” And I always tell them, “It’s very simple. It’s what do you enjoy? Do you […]

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J.Fuego Cigars: Americana (video)

Jesus Fuego of J.Fuego Cigars took a few minutes to tell us about his Americana blend. Transcript: Hi, everybody. This is Jesus Fuego with J. Fuego Cigars for BestCigarPrices.com. We’re here to talk about the J. Fuego Americana today. This is our newest addition to the J. Fuego cigar line. It’s something I always wanted […]

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The Art of Cigar Blending with Michael Giannini: Blending Inspiration (video)

Michael Giannini of La Gloria Cubana and Foundry Cigars is known for his unique approach to cigar blending. In this video he explains what he looks for with each of his blends. Transcript: So when I’m blending, part of my philosophy is there are only five things you can taste, sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and […]

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Industry Profiles: Rick Rodriguez of CAO Cigars (video)

Rick Rodriguez, head blender for CAO Cigars, took a few minutes to talk to us about his start in the cigar industry. Transcript: My name is Rick Rodriguez. I’m the Head Blender for CAO. I took over the factory about four years ago. I was a blender for La Gloria and then when we merged […]

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Smoke Notes Cigar Reviews: Punch Signature Blend

Punch Signature Blend Robusto (5×54) W: Ecuadorian Corojo B: Nicaraguan F: Nicaraguan, Dominican Factory: STG Danli, Honduras A new release from General Cigar, the Punch Signature Blend is said to be inspired by the original Punch cigars of the 19th century. The blend is reported to be three years in the making and ties modern preferences […]

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Asylum Cigars: Schizo (video)

Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum Cigars, took a few minutes to tell us about the affordably priced Asylum Schizo Cigar. Find these and other Asylum Cigars here: https://www.bestcigarprices.com/asylum-schizo-cigars/   Transcript: Hi, I’m Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum Cigars. I’m here today to talk to you about the Schizo bundle. This is our mixed filler bundle made […]

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Altadis to Release New Romeo y Julieta Cigar by Boutique Blends

Industry giant Altadis U.S.A. has joined forces with Boutique Blends to create an unprecedented limited-edition cigar: the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25.

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AVO Cigars (video)

One of the most well respected brands in the cigar industry, AVO Cigars has been a fan favorite of cigar smokers for years. Here Scott from AVO Cigars tells us about the new look for this traditional brand. Find the new look AVO Cigar here: https://www.bestcigarprices.com/avo-cigars/ Transcript: Hi, everyone. My name is Scott Kolesaire. I’m the […]

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