cigar tips and tricks
Here are some facts you may not know about this esteemed line of cigars.
At Cigar Aficionado, we often reference “vertical brand tastings.” The following is a primer on the process and why it matters when evaluating cigar lines.
From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know.
While veins may not be pretty to look at, they can be full of flavor. The stems, too. At the center of each tobacco leaf is a thick, linear structure known as a midrib, i.e. a …
The mystique behind Fuente Fuente OpusX has endured for 25 years since its birth in 1995. We compiled a list of 10 facts that will shed some light on the cigar brand that became a …
Every cigar that appears in the tasting section of Cigar Aficionado or Cigar Insider is rated blind, removing any prejudice or brand familiarity a taster might have.
Save your money (and your palates) by following these eight key tips to avoid getting burned by a fake Cuban cigar.
Learn how to tell whether the Hoyo De Monterrey you're smoking is authentic or fake.
Learn how to tell whether the Partagás you're smoking is authentic or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Bolivar is real or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK is real or fake.
Find out if your Cuban Romeo y Julieta is real or fake.
Cigar 101 Videos
Senior editor Andrew Nagy shows how to operate the most common types of lighters used to light a cigar.
Senior editor Andrew Nagy demonstrates how to operate the most common kinds of cutters used to clip cigars.
Cigar Aficionado's resident snake experts, David Savona and Gregory Mottola, talk and smoke culebras, the twisted, serpentine cigars that come in threes.
Nick Melillo, the creator of Foundation Cigar Co., and senior editor Andrew Nagy discuss the highly sought Connecticut broadleaf from the tobacco barn on Nick's farm in Connecticut.
Rocky Patel talks about his newest tobacco crop growing in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Ecuador Habano-seed wrapper is one of the most popular wrappers on the market.
In 2010, Bill Paley revived La Palina, a brand his grandfather created in Chicago in the mid-1800s. At the start, the cigars were expensive and manufactured in the Bahamas. The …
A.J. Fernandez’s New World brand is named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492. Fernandez collaborated with his father, Ismael, on …
The brands in the non-Cuban Montercristo portfolio run the gamut from mild to full body, and include such popular lines as Montecristo White, Montecristo Classic, and Montecristo …
When Rocky Patel first released The Edge in 2004, the concept was simple: a roughly hewn wooden box that held 100 unbanded cigars. And they retailed for only $5 each. It was …
Villiger first launched this old vintage Cuban brand as a Dominican cigar in 2007. Dissatisfied with the results, the company discontinued the brand and it was nowhere to be seen …
Created in 2007, San Cristobal (and all its offshoots) are made by the Garcia family at their My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Aside from the core San Cristobal, San …
An intense and long-lived hailstorm destroyed several acres of cigar tobacco at Chateau de la Fuente in El Caribe, Dominican Republic on May 6.
The newest buzzword in the cigar-blending world is medio tiempo: a high-primed leaf that packs a big punch. Despite being a darling to some makers, its enigmatic qualities (even …
The use of tobacco by humans goes back much farther in history than previously thought.
The season is extending an extra month, to mid-June.
The San Andrés Valley on Mexico’s Gulf Coast produces some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world.
The once-dominant wrapper leaf grown under cloth in the Connecticut River Valley now needs protection from encroaching development.