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From Seed to Smoke

In Aging Cigars, a Newer Frontier

Aging is a well-known part of the cigar-making process. Ask for specifics beyond that fact, though, and things get murkier. The deeper questions of why the process works, how long it takes to make a good cigar great, and the exact role of aging before and after cigars are rolled get little attention, so we asked Jesus Martinez, owner of Martinez Cigars, a store that’s been family-owned and running for 40 years.

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Proud to be an American

Tasting Notes: Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Robusto

Alec Bradley is a brand that continues to grow in stature and quality in the highly competitive cigar market. While some brands are selling gimmicks, some as ridiculous as an 80-ring gauge cigar that’s not much different from cramming an exhaust pipe in your mouth, Alec Bradley is sticking with cigars that cover a range of tastes while still maintaining dignity and great flavor. We sampled their new American Sun Grown Robusto, but not before spending time chatting with brand owner Alan Rubin.

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Seeing through the smoke

Opinion: The Cigar, Simply

Bismark calmed an angry crowd in Paris by producing a cigar and asking a Frenchman for a light. Mark Twain enjoyed smoking the most noxious cigars he could find out on his front porch. Churchill dipped his in cognac and smoked them so incessantly it’s a wonder he didn’t kill his political opponents with secondhand smoke.

I got into the cigar smoking game in search of sharp one liners, cool smoke rings and an emulation of the men I so wanted to be. Things have changed.

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Yes, you deserve this

Up In Smoke: 8 Great Cigars

With the onset of colder months just around the corner and ever-increasing smoking bans that span the globe, we thought we’d impart some stogie wisdom your way. While the weather permits, slip on the flip flops, get a good adult beverage in your hand, fire up a great cigar and relax that red hot brain of yours as the sun starts to set. We’ve assembled an array of smoking pleasure to please the range of palates, along with our recommendations for matching liquid delights.

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Your drawers are on fire

e15 MARTOUB Drawer Humidor

Ah, the advantages of having your own home office. No micromanager looking over your shoulder, plus you can take conference calls in your pajamas and enjoy a relaxing post-lunch cigar break. No need to step outside of your cozy cubicle, either. Just crack open the e15 SB12 MARTOUB drawer humidor, where your Havanas can be…

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A cementer of friendships

This is Made By Hand: The Cigar Shop

Cigar smokers were shunned by many even before the pervasive smoking ban was instituted. Though probably good for the common health, cigar aficionados still weep over the loss. Some shops still keep the candle stogie burning — and then there is the rare shop that rolls its own odiferous sticks. Such is the case with…

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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

How to Smoke Cigars: A GP Primer

The tradition of throwing on a well-tailored suit and enjoying a ten course meal with your best friends that’s topped off with a glass of single malt and a fine cigar is rarity in most male circles these days. Well, at least the cigar part — thanks to our societal epiphany on the dangers of…

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Let there be light(er)

Xikar EXII Havana Collection Lighter

Xikar, the cigar accessory powerhouse, has gained serious market share over the past few years, and there’s good reason behind it. Their original products, excellent build quality and lifetime product warranty are a serious draw for serious cigar aficionados. Case in point, the new EXII Havana Collection Lighter. Built off their classy EX Lighter Series…

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Bachelor party ready

Cohiba Cognac By Martell

Cognac and a great cigar make a fine pair. It’s worth noting that Cohiba released a similar spirit with Bisquit back in 2005. Good things come to those who wait though, right? Cohiba Cognac by Martell ($622) is made from top of the line eaux-de-vie (a.k.a fruit brandy) that’s been aged between 40 and 50…

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Holy Smokes

5 Cigars Worth Knowing & Smoking

Should the honor of standing as best man ever grace your stylish self, no doubt you will have to procure the cigars for the bachelor party. Well, choosing one great cigar is similar to identifying the most beautiful woman (for you husbands, your answer is both easy and required, “my wife”) or selecting a favorite…

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Cuban Flavor Without Breaking the Law

CAO La Traviata Divino Cigar

For the faint of heart (and gums), cigars were just a fad to be tried in the 1990’s. For the rest of us, who don’t care what people think of our breath or enamel color, there’s reason to rejoice. Okay, so you can’t really smoke anywhere anymore, except your car or perhaps your tool shed,…

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The Right Set for All Your Vices

Denizli Gentleman’s Club 3-Piece Brandy Set

Gents, it’s time to don your burgundy bathrobes and leave your top hats at the door. The Denizili Gentleman’s Club 3-Piece Brandy set is the perfect solution for the next time a buddy winds up at your house and it’s time to catch up. Thanks to the two included snifters, each of you should find…

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Macanudo 1968 Premier Collection Cigar

40 years ago, Macanudo was introduced to the United States. A premium cigar made with full-bodied Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, aged in tercios and charcoal wooden barrels and binded with Connecticut Habano in a Honduran San Agustin Havana seed wrapper, the Macanudo was and is, delicious. In celebration Macanudo has brought out a special edition…

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Max Benjamin Mini Cigar Bar

Few things are nicer than winding down a stressful week with a nice cigar. If your lifestyle requires travel or you just prefer enjoying a nice stogie outside of the realms of a leather clad lounge chair then the Max Benjamin Mini Cigar Bar fits the bill. It’s a portable black leather case that allows…

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Davidoff 12 Cigar Set

A good lifestyle should undoubtedly include the joys of a fine cigar. Whether it’s given as a gift or enjoyed in the company of a good crony there are few moments finer than in fine company with a cigar in one hand and your drink of choice in the other. This Davidoff 12 Cigar set…

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XIKAR Xi3 Exotic Cutters

A sad notion is the thought of well versed man pulling a fantastic $30+ cigar out of their humidor and slicing right into it with a $2 cutter or worse, the nearest sharp implement they can get their grubby mitts on. The 440 stainless steel double bladed Xi3 cigar cutter won’t leave any trailing pieces…