Cigar Review: Mi Querida Firecracker

In 2016, Steve Saka’s Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust published a lineup the cigar world had been expecting for almost two decades: Saka’s broadleaf cigar.

That point is Mi Querida, Spanish for that my mistress, a normal production release made in the NACSA mill in Estelí, Nicaragua with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper on a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

From the middle of this past year, the line had increased to seven standard production dimensions and this season it got its initial limited edition launch as part of 2 Guys Smoke Shop’s annual Firecracker Series.

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The Firecracker Series started in 2007 using a particular Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label cigar: brief and with a very long strand of tobacco running out of the cap of the cigar. As its name suggests the cigar was made to seem like a firecracker and therefore, it had been released around the July 4th holiday.

In 2011, Tatuaje published a cigar named M80, that was once more exclusive to 2 Men, and also the New Hampshire-based shop would finally launch its very own label Firecracker cigar made by Tabacalera Leyendas Cubanas.

Since then La Flor Dominicana, RoMa Craft Tobac and Fratello are chosen as producers for its Firecracker Series. This season marked the fourth successive year of a fresh Firecracker launch with Dunbarton slated since the newest new.

Two Guys claims the cigar, that steps 3 1/2 x 50, is”front loaded with ligero,” but features the same mix as the standard Mi Querida.

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This is currently the vitola for this line.

  • Mi Querida Fino Largo (6 x 48) — 2016 — Typical Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Ancho Corta (5 x 52) — 2016 — Typical Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Ancho Larga (6 x 52) — 2016 — Routine Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Muy Gordo Grande (6 x 56) — 2016 — Routine Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Más Sucia (7 x 64) — 2016 — Routine Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Gordita (4 x 48) — 2017 — Regular Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Pequeño Pequeño (4 x 44) — 2017 — Restricted Manufacturing
  • Mi Querida Firecracker (3 1/2 x 50) — 2018 — 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)

mi querida firecracker cigar review

  • Cigar Reviewed: Mi Querida Firecracker
  • Nation of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Nicaragua American Cigars S.A.
  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 3 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Vitola: Petit Robusto
  • MSRP: $5.99 (Boxes of 20, $119.99)
  • Release Date: June 25, 2018
  • Quantity of Cigars Released: 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)
  • Quantity of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 3

mi querida firecracker cigar review

As has been the case because the Tatuaje launch, the fuse cap is tucked within the ring. I generally like to take out the fuse from beneath the ring, twist off it and then cut on the cigar as ordinary. Aroma off the wrapper includes a great deal of leather, nearly smelling like a room filled with pilones, with a few chocolate. The foot has more ginger, a few barnyard, a little bit of pepper and a few added flowery tastes. I will say, 1 sample is somewhat the contrary using the wrapper with more chocolate than the foot. The chilly draw in the Mi Querida has plenty of pepper and ginger, an extreme mix that reminds me of this first Viaje Daisy Cutter.

While the first smoke has some honey, the most significant source of pepper is that the residual flavor in the chilly attraction. It is joined by plenty of cedar, creaminess and a few chocolate stout tastes, all quite balanced believing it seems as though that I only finished chewing some peppercorns through the chilly attraction. There is some moist –nonetheless sweet–cedar, strawberries and a little bit of roughness to the back. The end has a great deal of earthiness, popcorn and a few foliage. Flavor is medium-full by the beginning, body is complete and potency is medium-full. Construction is excellent along with the draw is very simple, about as good as it’ll be about a cigar.

Creaminess comes in spades through the next third of this Mi Querida Firecracker. There is a little merely a standard heavy cream notice, a few cream soda along with an intertwined sweet bamboo flavor. In addition, there is some bread along with a fading number of black pepper. Flavor is complete, body is medium-full and potency is medium-plus. Construction stays good with one sample requiring a little touch-up.

The last third sees that the creaminess decrease and the pepper improve, the balanced place that the 2 tastes get through the cigar. In addition, there is some bread, a cherry note and a few floral tastes throughout the nose. Taste stays complete, body is medium-full and potency is picking up to medium-full. Construction stays great before the end without a touch-ups needed throughout the last thirds of all those 3 cigars I smoked for your inspection.

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Last Notes

  • That is my beloved Mi Querida I have smoked.
  • I find it amazing that using smaller cigars such as this, they tend to last a good deal more than say half a toro. Part of this is likely user perception.
  • One thing that I discovered is that a extremely defined swirl of darker tobaccos in the base of the cigar. I am not positive whether that is typical for the total Mi Querida lineup, though I will certainly listen to it later on.
  • Power is a little all over the area, but I would describe it as medium-full overall.

Closing smoking period ranges from 1 hour and 20 minutes to a hour and 45 minutes. I will say that you could push the cigar and find a far heavier pepper profile, however I have a tendency to take some time.

Mi Querida Firecracker


The Firecracker is your very best Mi Querida I have smoked thus far. It is among my favorite, though not my favorite Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust launch thus far. And it is also among the best new cigars I have smoked this season. Occasionally, the pepper and creaminess could be overpowering, but each found a way to pull themselves back and from the conclusion, the cigar was balanced as could be.

Overall Score

The Firecracker is your very best Mi Querida I have smoked thus far. It is among my favorite, though not my favorite Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust launch thus far. And it is also among the best new cigars I have smoked this season. Occasionally, the pepper and creaminess can be overpowering, but each found a way to pull themselves back by the conclusion the cigar was balanced as could be.

Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales 88 Regional Edition Asia Pacifico

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez

Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Price : $25.00 each

Cigar Rating

Draw : ★

Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★★☆☆

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is really a”perfecto” contour cigar. Not entirely straight (or even Parejo at Spanish) not entirely double figurados (either finish pointed such as the Cuaba Salamones).
As explained in my overview of this Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola a part of the top three favourite. Introduced UK version, for its Bolivar Britanicas at the Regional variant show in 2012. Subsequently for and your Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss the Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes are produced.


Much like most of the regional variant (except the initial one published ) that the Rafael Gonzales 88 conveys a dual group silver and red signaling its own marketplace.

I cut on my cigar really shallow, so as I emphasized itwas tight just as though my first Gloria Cubana britanicas reviewed. However a fantastic odor emerged from the smoke directly.
The flavor feeling was quite flowery with fruits . As anticipated in youthful cigars, despite the fact that this one has been a part of this 2016 launch but came out in 2017, a dry end is to the mix. Speaking about the mix the latter is mild like a Rafael Gonzales ought to be. Due to the stimulation of this cigar it’s really not easy to appreciate the potential of the blend since the sum of smoke is extremely low.

This first part’s conclusion is dry in the palate but a creaminess could be valued, this reveals the potential that is blend. I enjoy the toast odor of smoke. Its density is low.

The next part does not Start nicely, sadly it tight. In addition to it the atmosphere from earlier stays persistent and present.

The cigar travels very quickly since there is not and burns.

It isn’t my Rafael Gonzales 88, I had one previously that has been just beautiful and was eager to critique this one. It’s possible to truly feel that the flavours are intriguing however to shy to provide a view about it.
The Moment I am -lit’ the next area again a hot creaminess comes out really gooood:-RRB-

I made a decision to cut a little more of where it’d pill to the border. And, magical!!! All started. Levels of smoke, saying that is good complete all the sudden fruity and curved sort of complete.

Total reversal to the conclusion of the third. Quite powerful. High stone and woodiness fruits. Mineral on the end.

The attraction is loose. But can not complain after the part’s battle.
We state cut at it a little more but we’re bashful to do so. We should not be. I’d have destroyed a powerful cigar. Never thought that a Rafael Gonzales may be strong.

Notes are turned into by the end. Complex since the flavours profile continue changing and it might be complex to explain it.

The Rafael Gonzales 88 provides a finish in the conclusion. A by pleasant although tender lingery tastes.

The end is creamy but with freshness and some bitterness that the mix need a while to be smooth and round.

Tatuaje Reserva SW Short

While I could not tell you precisely when it occurred, Tatuaje’s portfolio got so large that I gave up any attempt to keep tabs on it in my head. Between of the sizes inside manufacturers that were said and of the brands which were being introduced, it turned into a practically exercise to commit to memory.

Among the means which his portfolio has been increased by Pete Johnson isn’t only through the launch like the Reserva Broadleaf Collection, but via sizes. The Dragon Series begot Short Skinny, and Pudgy Monsters, also in this Reserva SW’s case, it had been the Foundation for its Reserva SW Short, that culminated at Honolulu, Hawaii in Fujioka’s Wine Times in May.

The Reserva SW Short employs the same mix as the SW that is first, using an Ecuadorian habano rosado claro wrapper on a Nicaraguan filler and binder. In addition, it retains the 47 ring gauge that’s the thickness for a Churchill vitola, but melts 2 1/4 inches, so shrinking the 7 inches of the original down to 4 3/4 inches.

Additionally, while it is a continuous offering, manufacturing will be restricted, based on Pete Johnson, therefore expect to see it on shelves as manufacturing capacity in the El Rey de los Habano mill allows.

  • Cigar Reviewed: Tatuaje Reserva SW Short
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Factory: El Rey de los Habanos
  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado Claro)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 4 3/4 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 47
  • Vitola: Short Churchill
  • MSRP: $12 (Boxes of 25 $300)
  • Release Date: May 11, 2018
  • Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

The wrapper seems to be on the lighter side of the spectrum for what I expect from a Tatuaje brown label, though that is simply my memory talking. One sample has an interesting mottling on it, with dark spots clustered together like a leopard’s spots. Otherwise, it’s a fairly uniform color with small veins, the occasional water spot and a smooth, slightly oily texture in the fingers. The roll generates flat, nearly invisible seams and while each sample has a bit of give, they are all generally on the firm side. The foot offers almost no aroma whatsoever on the first sample, other than just a bit of sweet dough. The second is more vibrant with more of the dough and a bit of apricot and dried mango, while the third has some mild fruit sweetness along with the first touches of pepper. The cold draw is just a bit firm and almost equally as nondescript, though I do pick up a bit of Cheerios-like cereal grain and a bit of wheat on the first sample, with a more fruit-leaning flavor in the second and third.

The opening puffs of the Tatuaje Reserva SW Short deliver a middle-of-the-spectrum profile in terms of body and strength, with flavors of mixed nuts, some black pepper and dry pretzel the first things that stand out across all three, while the third adds a dry, woody flavor as well. The cigar toys with those notes for the bulk of the first third, occasionally varying the intensity but never adding or removing any of the specific components. There’s some building of the pepper through the first inch, though it’s far from overpowering or even dominant in the profile, which sits at medium to medium-plus for flavor intensity and medium for strength. The draw and burn have both been quite good through the first inch and a half.

Once the first clump of ash needs to come off, the Tatuaje Reserva SW Short is just about to reach its second third and with it comes a good bit more pepper through the nose. The palate gets a bit more as well, but it still seems fairly limited, even before a head-to-head comparison to the retrohale. The profile is a touch more smoky and woody as well, with the second sample contributing an interesting doughiness that seems a bit out of place given the rest of the profile. The third sample gets a bit of condensed milk creaminess, which I find quite enjoyable and helpful to maintain balance and develop complexity. Puffs just past the midpoint get the addition of a bit of metallic earthiness, which colors the flavor, but it doesn’t hang around overly long. The technical performance remains very solid as it becomes time to take the bands off of the cigar.

The Tatuaje Reserva SW Short’s final third opens up with a very subtle earthiness that reminds me of black coffee, though the pepper dashes that thought as it settles into the tongue and completely dashes it with a retrohale. There’s also a bit of a warm peanut flavor that appears in short spurts. While it was fleeting, I find myself missing the creaminess and sweetness I found a bit earlier, as that seems to be about the only thing the cigar is lacking in terms of flavor or complexity, but instead it moves more towards a pepper-forward profile, digging into its Nicaraguan core for earth and pepper, while the Ecuadorian habano wrapper seems to be on the bolder side of the spectrum, or at least acts like it in this section. There is a bit more heat and char on the pepper that develops with about two inches to go, and it seems the best course of action is to space out my puffs in order to counteract that. The final puffs get a bit more earthy and robust, and I detect the beginnings of a bit of harshness, which I certainly hope is fleeting as the cigar has been quite good to this point but ultimately is the signal to wrap things up, with an even burn line, plenty of smoke production and a near perfect draw closing things out.

Final Notes

  • To this day, while I know that SW stands for Sir Winston, I keep wanting to think it stands for southwest. I chalk it up to living in the southwestern United States for nearly a decade.
  • I’d be remiss not to mention one of the greatest expansions of the Churchill vitola, that done by Habanos S.A. with the Romeo y Julieta Churchill. It too measures 7 x 47, and has been spun off into the Short Churchill (4 7/8 x 50), Wide Churchill (5 1/8 x 55) and Petit Churchill (4 x 50), and that doesn’t count the Churchills Reserva Cosecha 2008 or the Wide Churchills Gran Reserva Cosecha 2009. My biggest gripe is that none of the offshoot lines kept the original’s 47 ring gauge.
  • As is our general standard procedure, I smoked two of these as my first cigar of the day, and pretty much first thing in the morning. The third sample was smoked later in the evening and was my second cigar of the day but with more than 12 hours separating the two. I have to say that this was a blend that sat on my palate much better later in the day as opposed to at the start of the day.
  • I really do like the size on this; it’s effectively a slightly shorter and skinnier robusto, and despite its smoking time, seems perfect for a relatively quick smoke.
  • As noted above, this cigar was launched in Hawaii. Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust had an interesting Facebook post about launch events and whether or not they make sense, which I found quite interesting.
  • There’s some nicotine strength to be found in the Tatuaje Reserva SW Short, though I can’t say it’s abundant. Pretty much all of the cigar’s impact is felt from the neck up.
  • Tatuaje is putting out a good number of new cigars this year, just as evidenced by what was shown off at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show. While it’s tough to pick one I’m most excited about, the Tatuaje Gran Tatuaje, a 9 x 55 beast that is said to cost around $50 per cigar, certainly has me intrigued.
  • Brooks Whittington reviewed the Tatuaje Reserva SW Broadleaf in August 2017.
  • The cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
  • Final smoking time was one hour and 40 minutes on average.

Tatuaje Reserva SW Short

Patrick Lagreid

August 22, 2018


While it’s been some time since I last smoked the full-sized Tatuaje Reserva SW, I have fond memories of it, though a bit too sparse in cohesiveness to do a direct comparison to this shorter version. What I can say is that even at a two-plus inch deficit, the Tatuaje Reserva SW Short shows it can still deliver a good bit of depth, transition and progression, even if the last of those three descriptors isn’t immediately obvious while smoking the cigar. It’s a cigar that starts surprisingly restrained before steadily opening up into passing notes of sweetness and earthiness, each complemented by growing amounts of pepper and a robust finish. It also fills a longer portion of time than you might expect, which helps ease what could be seen as a higher-than-average price for the size. I still think that if time allows, the original version with its longer length is the better choice, but this shorter version is nothing to overlook in the Tatuaje portfolio.

Overall Score


While it’s been some time since I last smoked the full-sized Tatuaje Reserva SW, I have fond memories of it, though a bit too sparse in cohesiveness to do a direct comparison to this shorter version. What I can say is that even at a two-plus inch deficit, the Tatuaje Reserva SW Short shows it can still deliver a good bit of depth, transition and progression, even if the last of those three descriptors isn’t immediately obvious while smoking the cigar. It’s a cigar that starts surprisingly restrained before steadily opening up into passing notes of sweetness and earthiness, each complemented by growing amounts of pepper and a robust finish. It also fills a longer portion of time than you might expect, which helps ease what could be seen as a higher-than-average price for the size. I still think that if time allows, the original version with its longer length is the better choice, but this shorter version is nothing to overlook in the Tatuaje portfolio.

Viaje Chiquito 2018 Heads to Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

The Viaje Chiquito is here to stay for another year.

It certainly is strange timing for the cigar, that was previously released every second year with odd numbers. The 4 7/8 x 51 perfecto is a Nicaraguan puro using a criollo wrapper. A spokesperson for Viaje announced the blend is the same and production is being handled by Raíces Cubanas S.A., which has produced every iteration of the cigar so far.

Pricing is set at $8.56 per cigar and it is limited to 50 boxes of 25 cigars.

Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar is located in Boiling Springs, S.C.


Alec Bradley Sanctum Cigar Review

Cigar Smoke Show is featuring the Alec Bradley Sanctum.

I’ve observed this cigar around and about the shelves and hadn’t picked up this yet. I feel that the reason being the name Sanctum, for some reason I was equating that with Asylum and the somewhat negative term affiliation with Asylum… This is exactly what happens when you aren’t as smart and can’t remember them great words… Nevertheless I finally picked up for this particular review week. Not to lose a great deal of spoilers, but I am sure happy I did!

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The Alec Bradley Sanctum is a superb cigar in the simple fact that it leverages tobacco out of 4 distinct states. One of that is Costa Rica, which is fair I don’t hear that much about other than that they constantly give away trips into the nation on Wheel of Fortune. I’d love to go see sometime, but I haven’t heard that much about their cigarette producing area so I was a little taken a back when I had been reading about the Sanctum and it supposes the thing comes out of Costa Rica. I thought it was fairly exciting and a fantastic small dose of something brand new at a cigar combination.

The filler stems in Colombia (another outstanding tobacco growing area that you do not ordinarily hear about), Nicaragua and Honduras. When I Googled’Sanctum’ I obtained this into the definition: a holy place, especially a shrine at a temple or church. I really like the idea that cigars as well as the time which you smoke really are a sacred site. It is an excellent reminder to slow down and appreciate things.

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Alec Bradley Visual Appeal

The Alec Bradley Sanctum comprises a fairly bold ring wrapped on it. A powerful outline of powerful and shiny black catches your attention. It’s highlighted hit parts of gold piping during. That classic AB shield is at the centre gives a superb piece of unity across each the mixes. I enjoy the attention to detail that it is also. I really don’t understand, it’s a bizarre link but there can be something to it. Or, I might only be gentle on speech for coming up with the perfect term at this time.

It is a stunning dark chocolate wrapper with minimal veins along with a fantastic feel which is easy to catch a hold of. The filler is packaged a tiny tight during the barrel that I’m afraid might provide some resistance when smoking, but we’ll get to that instant!

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Ahh, yes as I suspected there’s a little bit of air flow issues throughout the barrel. I’m in a position to find the Alec Bradley Sanctum lit only fine but drawing air through the barrel is a little bit of workout. After the first third I am ready to have a good draw on it and it is really producing some wonderful smoke. That is the only issue I had the entire time smoking. I was not too worried about it, but I do like to have a great dose of smoke to taste all the flavors on the retrohale.

alec bradley sanctum cigar review


I was very interested in seeing what this cigar created concerning taste knowing that it had some special tobaccos represented inside. On the first nosing of this Alec Bradley Sanctum I picked up on sweet tobacco, a floral note, and a few fruit much like raisins with hints of citrus. Very sweet overall.

After I got it burning the flavors morphed into a nice soft spice, with some oak notes. That tobacco taste was hanging around overlayed with a little salty taste and white pepper.

What I loved about this cigar is that it was not in your face. It was really well balanced. 1 flavor did not overtake the others they all worked really well together.

alec bradley sanctum cigar review


For some reason I have a jaded idea once I smoke fresh cigars that I’m probably going to hate it and I will be sitting there wishing I was smoking one of my favorite cigars. When I’m pleasantly surprised by how great a new cigar is it always adds to the smoking experience in a really positive way! That said, this Alec Bradley Sanctum was exceptional. I loved the taste profile on this stick and it made up for the smoking problems with the filler being overly full. So in the event you stumble across this cigar I highly suggest picking one up. I believe that the taste profile is well worth giving it a go!

Cuban Cigar Alternatives

cuban cigars alternatives

There is a certain mystique when it comes to the Cuban cigar and years ago, it was considered the best in the world due to Cuba being the quintessential pioneer in the industry.

Since 1962 with the Cuba sanctions and trade embargo, citizens of the United States are not allowed to buy or sell and up until recently, they were illegal to consume inside of the country. And until 2014, forget about trying to bring them into the U.S. if you were able to visit another country and buy Cuban cigars.

In other countries where they are easily attainable, they aren’t even at the top of the list as they are in the United States. The problem is that people want what they cannot have but fortunately there are excellent alternatives.

cuban cigars

What Makes Cuban Cigars Great?

Cuba certainly crafts superior cigars for a number of reasons such as their rich tobacco growing soil. According to LiveScience:

Cuba has what some see as the perfect environment for growing cigar tobacco. The island’s soil allows the plants to produce very high quality leaves, said Alan Dye, a professor of economics at Columbia University who specializes in Cuban studies.

However, Cuban cigars are not perfect and often have issues with quality control. This is due to the demand of the market which sometimes means that they are not aged properly, there are issues with the rolling, and overall craftsmanship problems.

In fact, The Washington Post notes that only 3 of the top 25 cigars in the world, as ranked by Cigar Aficionado, were Cubans.

cuban cigars

What About Cuban Cigar Alternatives?

There are cigars that have tobacco from other countries that rival Cuba and one of those places is Nicaragua. As told by Cigar Aficionado:

They’re only two countries in the world where you can make cigars entirely from their tobacco, and it’s not Mexico. It’s Cuba and Nicaragua. Both of those countries have the most fertile dirt in the world for tobacco.

Another reason that cigars from Nicaragua are superior tasting is that the soil is not just fertile but it is a volcanic soil that is full of nutrients. The weather conditions there are ideal as well, so you get an alternative that is full of flavor and is considered some of the best tobacco in the world. In fact, the climate is similar to Cuba but it’s the natural resources that are unique to each region and that is in the soil and minerals.

There are four areas of Nicaragua that are distinct for their aromatic and flavorful tobacco: Jalapa, Ometepe, Esteli, and Condega.

For example, the Esteli region renders a spicier flavor while the Condega valley area lends a more sweet and potent flavor. Each region will have a variation in earthiness, taste, and aromatics but they are some of the most consistent, flavorful cigars that the market has ever seen

The Dominican Republic and Honduras are other areas where the cigars are considered similar to the body of Cuban cigars.

The Choice is Simple

Along with flavors and aromatics that challenge the Cuban cigar empire, the alternatives out of these areas are sometimes a third or half of the price of what you would pay.

While each cigar will have its own distinct flavor, whether it’s from Cuba or another area like Nicaragua, the flavor of a Cuban alternative is often considered superior.

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

The comforting world of premium cigars may occasionally appear stalled by limitless choices, confusing messages and opinions posing as fact. It is often a complex, confusing hobby, even for a longtime smoker. To help navigate the maze, we have assembled a summary of facts and info that wish to give perspective and insight to every level of cigar aficionado, whether novice or?inveterate.

This particular list is actually in no way a 10 Commandments of cigar smoking. It is much more of a simple treatise which addresses important issues and highlights several of the points which make the premium cigar industry different. We have additionally incorporated a couple of helpful ideas that will serve to improve the smoking experience and raise the satisfaction of this beloved pastime.

An area of sun grown tobacco flourishes in a valley in the Dominican Republic. The crops grow from natural fertilizer.

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know:

Cigars Are an all natural and Artisanal Product: 10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

1. Cigars Are an all natural and Artisanal Product?

Buzzwords like artisanal and natural are actually overused and abused in today’s parlance, but premium, handmade cigars have actually earned the ideal to flaunt these credentials. They’re made of one thing and something only – tobacco. Pure, unadulterated tobacco. Not an individual leaf is chemically treated or even artificially changed for taste. Everything from flavor to color is actually attained through natural means – and that is a part of the cigar’s inherent beauty.

In reality, few consumable items are very common. Perceptible flavors, whether spicy or sweet, are naturally occurring. The different alluring shades of brown are actually accomplished from an organic process totally free of dyes or perhaps ripening accelerants. There aren’t any preservatives to increase no sweeteners and shelf life, natural or artificial. Such additives and chemicals are actually the domain of cigarettes and machine made cigars, which are actually mass produced in the billions.

On the craft side, rolling the best handmade cigar is actually an artisanal skill, and one which takes a long time to completely master. Blending tobacco is as much art as it’s science, also, since tobacco is actually governed by the whims of nature, the blender should be in a position to work efficiently with an ingredient which could change from year to year as a result of crop variations.

Just like wine, several vintages are better compared to others, but cigar makers is going to do almost everything in the power of theirs to make certain that the product of theirs is consistent, although crop quality is very determined by the weather condition. Consistency, nonetheless, is not the same as cloning, and there’ll usually be small variations from cigar to cigar. Just like any handmade product, no 2 premium cigars will be just alike. Probably The finest, the majority of sincere cigars are actually natural expressions of both the dirt and also the cigar maker by which the tobacco was grown.

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2. 2 100 Pairs of Hands

It is usually stated that 200 pairs of hands touch the cigar of yours just before it will make it to the humidor of yours. Some claim the number is actually greater. Suffice to say, each time you light up a cigar, many, lots of people with a number of different skills each contributed to bring you the ultimate handmade product.

It starts off with seed selection and greenhouse cultivation. Cigar tobacco starts off as a small seed, usually planted in a tray and cultivated in a greenhouse. After the seedlings are a number of inches tall, they are transplanted to the fields just where they are able to flourish. At full level and maturity, the leaves are actually removed by hand, harvested and hung in a curing barn to become dry and turn brown. That is a couple of dozen hands before the tobacco has also left the farm.

The cured tobacco is then taken to a facility, unpacked and piled up for fermentation. When fermentation is done, the tobacco pile is actually separated and laid on drying racks to air out. Next, it’s all repacked and stowed for aging. Right after a several years, the aged tobacco is actually unpacked once again, rehydrated in a special misting room and categorized for color. That is a few dozen hands.

The outer wrapper leaves will even undergo destemming or despalillo, a procedure in which the heavy, central vein is taken out of the leaf. Often that move is actually done entirely by hand, other times the tobacco is actually given by way of a stripping machine. For filler, a worker is going to remove a part of the stem by hand, leaving the rest intact. Additional hands.

Do not forget about the rolling procedure, which calls for appointed factory workers to dole out the correct proportions of aged tobacco to the rollers each day. The torcedor takes the pile of his of leaves back again to the rolling table of his and recreates the cigar based on the cigar maker’s blend, rolling and bunching each cigar by hand. The blend is actually developed of exacting proportions of really unique tobaccos to impart a really certain smoking experience – a formulation which puts much more hands on the cigars of yours.

Finished cigars are actually sorted for color consistency, then sent to the aging room. Last but not least, they are banded sent, boxed, and up out. This’s the fundamental chronology of exactly how a cigar is created. You’ll find, of course, plenty of other quality control steps which differ from operation to operation, along with almost all are actually completed totally by hand, though the point is actually this: a single hand rolled cigar is actually a substantial human work which calls for hands on expertise on every level.

Tobacco arranged in enormous piles for fermentation. The blend of pressure, water and naturally occurring heat will rid the tobacco of unwanted properties as bitterness.

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know - Tobacco Undergoes Fermentation

3. Tobacco Undergoes Fermentation

Fermentation is typical to producers of spirits and wine, described as a procedure which changes sugars in natural material to alcohol, typically with the usage of yeast. Within the tobacco industry, it is much more of a microbial fermentation – one which breaks down the leaf naturally through the usage of h2o, oxygen and pressure. No alcohol is actually manufactured in tobacco fermentation, though the process releases heat as it changes the chemical composition and physical characteristics of the leaf through oxidization and humidity.

Tobacco undergoes fermentation for one reason that is simple: it will make the tobacco taste better. The procedure impacts the flavor and smell of tobacco, which makes it less astringent and reducing bitterness while bringing out its much more floral, sweeter and nutty aspects.

Fermentation is pretty easy. Once tobacco has been cured in a barn, the leaves are actually set up in big piles known as pilnes. The one thing added is actually water. The mass of the piles produce pressure even though the microbial and enzymatic breakdown produces the heat. The piles are checked every day as well as the temperature is administered. If the internal temperature of the pilnes reaches a particular point, the tobacco pile is actually taken apart, rotated by hand and painstakingly reassembled.

Ideally, tobacco is actually piled and fermented based on type and size. Different-sized leaves and various tobacco varietals are going to ferment at rates that are different, therefore the pile should be as homogenous as is possible. The thought is usually to naturally change the taste of the tobacco and change it from its raw, bitter state to something smokeable and pleasurable. Under-fermented tobacco will frequently have a strong aftertaste and smell as ammonia. It is not a method which may be skipped or perhaps rushed and is crucial in the planet of premium cigars.

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4. Aging is Important

Aging tobacco plays a crucial role, both before and after the cigar is created. Not merely is the fresh leaf aged before it is rolled right into a cigar, but a recently completed cigar in many cases is then sent to an aging room in which the tobaccos marry as well as the moisture amounts of the cigar is able to stabilize.

Tobacco leaves are actually aged after fermentation. Throughout growing older, the leaves are actually packed up into small parcels called bales just where they go through a slow, steady breakdown of carotenoids, which can help to draw out the attractive qualities in the tobacco. The aging additionally lends a little bit of maturity and polish, helping to rid the tobacco of green or vegetal notes. Ever smoke tobacco which tastes like freshly cut grass or even raw green beans? The tobacco hasn’t been fully aged. In the event the cigar smoke is much more redolent of almond, raisin and orange blossom, it’s been aged properly.

But there is a tertiary aging, so that is carried out by the consumer. After the cigar is actually boxed up and sent to the shops, a consumer might want to age the cigars a lot longer. Like aging wine, this method helps to further dissipate some acidity in the tobacco and also allows its mellower a lot more nuanced personality to come through.

Ideal aging is achieved whenever you bring a cigar to the absolute peak of its of flavor. At peak, flavors aren’t just at their most sensible and cohesive, but all undesirable qualities like bitterness or maybe harshness are totally lacking. An excellent cigar can easily age for many years so very long as the temperature and humidity are actually stable throughout.

There are several caveats. Do not over age the cigar. Over-aging is able to lead to loss of body and flavor, making the cigar taste level and dusty. An additional point to know: aging a terrible, sour cigar will not allow it to be a better. It’ll simply make it old and bitter.

The anatomy of a cigar is actually made up of its filler, binder, and wrapper.

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5. Understand Cigar Anatomy

A cigar is comprised of 3 major parts: filler, binder, and wrapper. The 3 form a smoking system and the single system forms a singular organism known as the cigar.

The wrapper is the obvious exterior cover leaf. It is additionally the priciest component per pound, as these tobacco leaves have to be pristine in appearance and flavorful. If the leaf is simply too veiny, rough in texture or even has some blemishes, it is not categorized as wrapper.

The binder may be regarded as a wrapper leaf which did not help make the cut. It is frequently the identical tobacco as the wrapper, just not as smooth in appearance, and it does not need to be – you do not notice it. Binder is actually the leaf of tobacco right underneath the wrapper and holds the filler tobacco in position, hence the name. Combustion of the binder is vital, as a good burning binder will frequently help the filler to burn up much more evenly, particularly if the filler contains much more oily tobaccos which don’t burn very easily.

The filler is exactly where the cigar maker is able to be most innovative, as he could use a number of kinds of tobacco from different places and a number of primings of tobacco for ideal complexity, strength, and flavor. Just like the wrapper and binder, these are long filler tobaccos which are actually put into place to burn slowly but provide a good gustatory and aromatic experience.

The feet is definitely the conclusion of the cigar where filler is generally apparent. The head is actually the top, or maybe tip and it is through with a cap, which can help to hold the wrapper in position. The neater, more symmetrical the head and cap, the higher the ability of the roller.

Good construction is essential and should not be marginalized. A cigar that is not made correctly won’t draw or even burn properly,?drastically affecting the amount and also the taste of enjoyment, regardless of just how good the raw materials.

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6. Cut and Light Like a Pro

Handmade cigars do not come prepared to smoke. You have to cut the head, then light. While types of lighters and cutters are actually ready to accept preference, some fundamental rules are actually common. For instance, cutting much more off of the top part of the cigar of yours is a no no. What is a lot? When the wrapper of the cigar unravels of yours after you lopped off the top, you have cut down far. Usually, there is a small taper at the head of the cigar, called the shoulder. We don’t suggest cutting beneath the shoulder line.

In the situation of piramides and torpedoes , and that taper considerably to a place, you should not cut off a lot of the head that you really shed the taper. It is there for both aesthetic and functional reasons – to fit much more perfectly in the mouth of yours as well as to look good. They’re more difficult to make and need the job of a very skilled roller. In addition, they take longer to create, and that is the reason they’re usually costlier. Cutting off too much defeats the whole goal, both artistically and practically. Conversely, not cutting off enough can lead to a firm draw along with a build up of tar in the mind which will ooze into the mouth of yours, something any sane smoker wishes to stay away from. Though it is advisable to cut too small than excessive – you are able to actually cut more.

Lighting ought to be done delicately, like the manner in which you may toast a marshmallow – with little immediate contact. An excessive amount of immediate contact of flame to tobacco and the cigar of yours may wind up tasting like clean char. It is always safer to light in low wind conditions. In addition to the clear reasons, the breeze may also lead you to compensate by using a lot of flame just to obtain a burn going. Once again, this can lead to an unpleasantly aftertaste.

The risk is greater with powerful torch lighters, which burn at a higher temperature compared to smooth, natural flames. While we definitely like the wind resistance and medical management of a torch flame, you are goal is actually lighting a cigar, not welding pipes.

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7. Smoke Cool & Slow

Certain cigar smokers puff too frequently. This’s a mistake for a couple of reasons. Philosophically, a cigar is all about enjoyment and savoring the moment. Smoking fast runs counterintuitive to this particular sentiment. Take the time of yours and slow down.

But there is a far more concrete reason too. Hyper-frequent puffing will inevitably overheat the cigar of yours and bring about it to be bitter. Usually, that bitterness is actually irreversible.

A perfectly constructed cigar is created burning cool and slow to be able to impart flavor in a constant progression. While generally there aren’t any set laws regarding the length of time a cigar must last, we think that a five inch cigar should last you a minimum of forty five minutes. When you are sucking down a five inch robusto in ten minutes, you are treating the cigar such as a cigarette, and that is a huge mistake. Puffing every thirty seconds to a minute must be the ideal interval.

Remember that smoking too gradually might have a bad consequence too. Puff too infrequently,? and the cigar of yours will go out, which means you will have to relight it again and again. Regularly lighting an extinguished cigar might introduce bad flavors of char, carbon, sulfuric fumes and bitterness. But do not sweat a relight then and now.

Leave the ash on for so long as you are able to. The ash serves like a temperature regulator and also minimizes contact between the atmosphere as well as the lit tobacco, therefore keeping it cooler. Excellent cigars are actually made of whole leaves, not chopped up tobacco. Those leaves have structure, and can hold an ash of a size that is surprising to a novice.

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know: choose your cigar wisely

8. Choose Your Cigar Wisely

It is crucial that you know a thing about the blend before selecting a cigar. This will help to to make sure you do not select a smoke that is way too strong or perhaps too moderate. You do not need to learn every last tobacco element of the cigar to make an informed choice, though you need to constantly have a simple idea of the cigar’s strength level before you purchase it.

Nearly all smokers know whether they want a strong, gentle cigar or maybe medium. Power and body refer to the cigar’s inherent intensity. One might smoke a cigar that’s filled with flavor, however, not especially strong or even full bodied, meaning there is still a lot of finessed flavor which will not impact the palate too heavily.

At times, smokers need complete, intense palate stimulation along with heavy flavors, a lot the way a coffee drinker wants a strong shot of espresso or maybe a wine drinker wants a high alcohol cabernet. Which calls for effective tobaccos. Usually, a full bodied, powerful cigar is going to contain ligero tobacco. These’re the? darkest, thickest leaves of the tobacco plant and probably the most oily and rich on account of their immediate contact with the sunlight.

Leaves have a tendency to be less effective as they grow lower down the stalk of the plant. Categorized as secos and visos, these lower priming tobaccos are definitely more nuanced in flavor and also have greater combustion. A full bodied blend will contain a lot more ligeros, a?medium bodied blend, more secos and visos.

You cannot constantly tell, however by checking out the cigar. Dark, oily wrappers frequently signify a powerful smoke the way light wrappers often indicate a medium-bodied or mild smoke, however looks will often be deceiving. The ratings of ours are going to point you in the correct path.

Additionally, beware the sangria effect. That occurs when the?cigar’s strength sneaks up on you. You believe it is a medium-bodied or mild cigar depending on the easygoing flavors, then again if you attempt to stand up, you understand you cannot.

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9. Cuban Cigars Are not Always the Best

So long as individuals smoke premium cigars, there’ll often be the very pleased debate as to which cigars are actually the very best, as well as the argument generally boils down to Cuban cigars vs. non Cuban cigars.

Lifelong Habanophiles will invariably preach inimitable Cuban taste while a lot more common cigar fans retort Cubans are actually overrated. It’s this magazine’s opinion that Cuban cigars are excellent, though they’re not on your own in the greatness of theirs. The most effective Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican cigars are able to participate on the quality level with probably the finest Cubans.

The top tier smokes of the main cigar producing nations are many excellent in the own way of theirs. They’re true agricultural and artisanal expressions of the respective places of theirs. This’s apparent in the tasting sections of ours and in our Top twenty five Cigar of the Year awards. Occasionally a Cuban cigar wins, at times it does not, as in our most recent Top twenty five, that had been won by a Dominican cigar.

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know price vs quality cigars

10. Cigar Price v. Quality

Price tag is not often a sign of quality. A cigar that costs thirty dolars will not constantly be more pleasurable compared to a cigar that costs ten dolars. Affordable cigars sometimes score much better compared to expensive ones in the blind tastings of ours. At exactly the same time, it is crucial to comprehend that the very best materials, finest construction and most acute quality control will cost you cash. As holds true with all raw materials, not all tobacco is actually of equal quality. Several crops are better compared to others.

You may have heard (or maybe read) a couple of kind of ignorant maxims as tobacco’s tobacco or even all tobacco is essentially the same. Statements that way are actually uninformed, and they presuppose that a variety of levels of quality don’t exist. Nothing might be more from the truth.

Standards of quality are actually determined by appearance, combustion, flavor and aroma. A very fragrant, flavorful tobacco which is actually pristine in appearance and elastic to the touch is actually gon na be costly compared to a coarse leaf which does not have taste or smell a lot of.

Several tobaccos likewise take longer time to ferment and age for optimum efficiency. The procedure will additionally wind up increasing the price of the cigar of yours – the longer the cycles, the longer the tobacco needs to be kept in a warehouse, and that costs money.

The tobacco might be a low yielding varietal, which means that the crop wasn’t huge in the field, however, the small amounts produced were exceptional. This may likewise make the puros of yours a bit pricier. Often it is only a question of demand and supply.

From time to time, a cigar is costly for gimmicky or arbitrary reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with availability or quality. Those unfortunate exceptions aren’t typical in the premium cigar sector. If a cigar is pricey, the price is generally justified.

That said, there is no guarantee you are likely to really like the costly cigar. The flavor profile and strength level (either low or high) associated with a high end smoke may not be to the taste of yours. The most effective way to find out is trying it. In case you invest the additional cash and then discover that the experience does not justify the price, then stay inside the comfortable cost range of yours. When you find remarkable levels of flavor, complexity and refinement, you will understand the cigar was well worth the splurge.

Cigar Review – Quai D’Orsay No. 54

cigar review Quai D'Orsay No 54

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay

Format : Grand Edmundo
Size : 135 mm x 54
Ring : 54
Price :12USD-

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Quai-D’Orsay-No-54 Cigar Brand Overview

Quai d’Orsay was established in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, asked the minister of his of economy to make a French cigar. As the former president explained “France is actually acknowledged for the perfume of its, champagne, foie gras though nothing on the planet of tobacco”.
La Seita, company which had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to produce a cigar for the French market. Quai d’Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Dunhill and Davidoff.

The marca was contained in small markets just. Over the previous decade France managed to enjoy beautiful Quai d’Orsay regional editions which became collector items.

Since year which is last that we are able to experience a “re birth” of Quai D’orsay. two new vitola, a facelift for the brand along with a fantastic blend. The n.50, previously reviewed here and the No.54.

cigar review Quai D'Orsay No 54

Cigar Appearance

I really appreciate the brand new branding of Quai D’Orsay. The work Habanos S.A. and La Seita is actually fantastic. The majority of the Quai D’Orsay cigars will be claro to Colorado claro wrapper. The one reviewed possesses a stunning light shade of brown wrapper. Smooth and extremely stylish visually, matching great with the brand new cigar band. I like the attention to detail to the band with the little gold spot in the letters for instance. It’s a wonderful balance between elegance and simplicity.

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Cigar Tasting

The Quai D’Orsay No.54 is actually an excellent big size cigar. Relatively shorter compared to the Behike fifty four. As described earlier the wrappers of theirs are amazing. extremely good looking and of a top quality.

As I cut the cigar, or perhaps open the cigar as I at times love to say, the I see a good construction. Not to tight not to packed. The pre draw confirmed the feelings of mine.

The very first couple of puffs were extremely light in aromas and flavors, really short finish and very little structure on the palate. The density of smoke is immediately really tall and extremely pleasant.

As this’s the very first cigar of the day for me personally, with a coffee and nothing eaten before, I sort of like the point that the system is quite vulnerable. The flavors appear slowly with a few good sweet vanilla and a light nuttiness. Not at all the most express if blend so much though the quantity of smoke and also the gentle strength allow the pretty subtle flavor to stick out and being enjoyed.

Of the next part the intensity gradually increase and also the cigar differ between light and light to medium. Several moments aren’t healthy for all and express the ammonia left in the cigar a lot of. A small bitterness is found on the palate but the flavors profiles from before increase with the addition often of a Islay whisky finish on the palate. The feeling you’ve after having had a sip of a lagavulin ten minutes before. Extremely exciting. The framework is actually a tad much more dense and let the flavor to linger a bit more on the palate.

The aroma is intense and great.

Quai D'Orsay No 54

The Last Third may be what you’d truly look for. Stylish and round will be adequate to refer to it. The second of unbalanced is actually over.
However the blend is at times a little dry out on the flavors and also the palate are great that people are able to feel a little annoyed not to experience them much more. It’s a really light blend one of probably the lightest one I’ve encountered in months. Lighters as opposed to the corona claro and also the No.50 but helps it be an excellent Sunday morning cigar 🙂

General Rating

I enjoyed the No.54 as a simple smoke with no complexity.
In case you’re searching for a cigar rich and filled with flavors it’s definitely not the best one.

It helps it be the ideal Brunch companion!

Gurkha Reintroduces Flavored Cigar Trio

Gurkha Reintroduces Flavored Cigar Trio

Gurkha Cigars will continue to dig into the archives of its as it preps for the 86th IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, as today the company announced which it’ll be reintroducing a trio of flavored cigars that have been off the market for over a decade.

The 3 lines that consumers will start seeing on shelves once again are the Caf Tabac, which the company states offers hints of coffee; the Gurkha Red Head, noted for the cherry of its flavored profile, as well as the White Rascal, which delivers hints of vanilla. Every one of the 3 lines uses Dominican tobacco and can be for sale in 2 sizes, a five x fifty two robusto which is available in 25 count boxes with an MSRP of $6.40 per cigar and $160 per box; in addition to a four x thirty four small panetela that’s available in five count tins priced at fourteen dollars.

Gurkha Reintroduces Flavored Cigar Trio

We’re excited about the flavored cigars of ours as well as the chance to broaden the appeal of ours and flavor profile, said Kaizad Hansotia, ceo of Gurkha Cigars, via a press release. Gurkha prides itself in listening to the consumer of its and providing a bunch of flavor profiles to fulfill some cigar lover’s palette, he added.

The company hasn’t announced which factory is actually making the cigars neither as they are going to ship to retailers.

Cigar Shapes, Sizes and Colors

Among the missions of Cigar Smoke Show has constantly been bringing cigar aficionados together.

But that is not sufficient. Lots of people read our blog that might never have considered smoking a tasty cigar. But the cigar coverage in our pages generates curiosity of theirs, and several of these brand new readers can become new cigar smokers. For these new smokers, and also for individuals who might not have but discovered cigars, we provide Cigar 101, a quick course in the fundamentals of smoking cigars. This particular primer is going to be continued over the next couple weeks and will spotlight a range of topics on cigars, from colors and shapes to the proper cutting, lighting and humidor storage for your cigars.



The cigar shape is able to change tremendously in size from brand to brand, so describing a cigar by the size of its and also shape is actually crucial. Cigars are actually assessed by 2 factors: length, that is provided in inches, and “ring gauge,” a designation of a cigar’s diameter broken into 64ths of an inch. A cigar with a forty two ring gauge, for instance, is actually 42/64 of an inch in diameter.? There’s no connection between the dimensions of a cigar and the strength of its. An 8 inch cigar crafted with gentle tobaccos is going to be mellow, while a slim, short cigar rolled with quality tobacco is going to be full bodied. While a cigar’s strength is actually driven by the tobacco it’s rolled with, thin cigars have an inclination to burn hotter compared to fatter ones. Additionally vital that you note is there’s no consistency of strength from one brand to another: one company’s corona is actually apt to taste really distinct from another’s.



Parejos are actually straight sided cigars; most people come with an open foot for lighting and have to be cut prior to smoking it. A parejos could be either round or perhaps box pressed, which means that the sides of a parejos cigar were pressed square prior to packing or even, in some instances, by stress in the package.


1. Corona


This’s the benchmark size against which any other cigar sizes are actually measured. The standard dimensions are actually five 1/2 to six inches with a ring gauge of forty two to forty four.

2. Petit Corona

Petit Corona

Essentially a miniature corona, this cigar typically measures aproximatelly four 1/2 inches, with a ring gauge of forty to forty two.

3. Churchill


A big corona format. The conventional dimensions are seven inches by forty seven ring gauge.

4. Robusto


A fat, short cigar that is now the most widely used cigar size here in America. The size is usually four 3/4 to five 1/2 inches by forty eight to fifty two ring gauge.

5. Corona Gorda

Corona Gorda

Additionally known as a toro, this particular cigar is continuously expanding in its popularity. The standard measurements are actually five 5/8 inches by forty six ring gauge, but cigars of six inches by fifty ring also have become widely used.

6. Double Corona

Double Corona

The conventional dimensions are seven 1/2 to eight 1/2 inches by a forty nine to fifty two ring gauge.

7. Panetela


Very long, elegant and thin, this particular cigar size’s popularity is decreasing. Nonetheless, it’s a wonderful size, with a large length variation of five to seven 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of thirty four to thirty eight. Cigars more than seven inches of that class are known as “gran panetelas.”

8. Lonsdale


A lonsdale is typically more than a corona but it’s thicker in girth than a panetela, with a traditional color of six 1/2 inches by forty two ring.



While most cigars are actually parejos, an increasing number of cigar companies are actually broadening their cigar portfolios with some very creatively shaped ones. These types of cigars are actually called figurados, and include some cigar that’s not really a straight sided cylinder. Even though cigar-makers’ choices of the shapes vary as widely as the flavors within the cigars itself, the fundamental categories of figurados are:


9. Pyramid


Pyramids are actually cigars with cut feet, like parejos, but with the cigar head is tapered at the cutting end. Most of the time, the cigars measure from six to seven inches in length, with ring gauges of aproximatelly forty at the head widening to fifty two to fifty four at the feet. The pyramid is actually treasured because the tapered cigar head provides the intricate flavors of the cigar to mix in your mouth.

10. Belicoso


Classic belicosos are brief pyramids, typically with a somewhat rounded pyramid head. These cigar types frequently measure from five to five 1/2 inches, with ring gauges of aproximatelly fifty. Today’s belicosos, nonetheless, tend to be coronas or perhaps corona gordas with tapered cigar heads. Recently available years also have seen the generation of mini belicosos, short cigars with small ring gauges and tapered cigar heads.

11. Torpedo


Though a lot of companies include cigars named torpedos in their collections, the cigars are usually pyramids. A genuine torpedo is actually a rare cigar nowadays, a smoke with a closed foot, a cigar head tapered down to a point, along with a bulgy middle.

12. Perfecto


Just like a torpedo, the perfecto cigar type features a closed foot along with a bulge in the middle. However, they vary from torpedos as the cigar head of a perfecto is actually rounded as the head of a parejo. Perfectos quite significantly in length, out of a diminutive four 1/2 inches to unwieldy 9 inch cigars, with ring gauges from thirty eight to forty eight.

13. Culebra


Very popular in the past than it’s today, the culebra is probably probably the most different shape of cigars out today. It consists of 3 panetelas which are braided together and then tied with string and sold together as one cigar. The 3 components are then unbraided and smoked separately. Generally five to six inches long, culebras usually have a thirty eight ring gauge. Because they’re hard to come by today, you may think about sharing the additional 2 braids of the cigar with your buddies, turning the smoking of a culebra into a possible special occasion or celebration.

14. Diadema


Diademas are overwhelming, eight 1/2 inches or even longer. The head is actually tapered, however frequently never to an extensive point, typically with a forty ring gauge. The cigar then tapers down to a foot which may be available as a parejo or perhaps closed like a perfecto, typically with a ring gauge of fifty two or perhaps greater. This’s a cigar to be experienced when your time is actually no object.


Cigar wrappers are available in a large array of colors, out of probably the palest of yellows and greens to dark black. Simply as you will find 7 standard colors which make up the rainbow, you will find 7 standard color distinctions among wrappers, with an infinite number of shades between every color. An easy method to start understanding the color designations is actually remembering that here, just like the state of Colorado is within the middle of the United States, the color “colorado” comes in the center of the color range.

Wrapper leaves vary in color because of the numerous techniques for the variety and processing tobacco assortment of tobacco strains used. Additionally, sunlight is able to play a factor: a wrapper cultivated in sunlight is usually darker than a shade grown wrapper of an equivalent seed strain. From light to dark, the 7 generally used wrapper color descriptions are:


15. Double Claro (also called Candela)

Double Claro

This particular wrapper is actually light green, a hue developed by a quick drying process using heat which locks in the green chlorophyll of the tobacco. In years past, this particular wrapper was extremely popular in the United States, and it was the effort of amusement for Europeans.

16. Claro


A light tan color, most often accomplished by growing in shade under cheesecloth tents, picking the plant life earlier and air drying the leaves. Flavorwise, these wrappers have little to offer, as well as allow the flavors of the filler tobaccos to dominate the sample of the cigar.

17. Colorado Claro

Colorado Claro

Light reddish brown; frequently cultivated in direct sunlight, and given longer to mature before picking..

18. Colorado


The middle of the color scale. These cigars are medium brown to brownish red and full flavored, although subtle and soft in the aroma of theirs. These wrappers are usually shade grown.

19. Colorado Maduro

Colorado Maduro

Darker compared to colorado, lighter compared to maduro.

20. Maduro


This particular shade is able to differ from a rich reddish brown to nearly black. Maduro means “mature” in Spanish, which refers to longer time required to remedy this particular color wrapper compared to wrappers which are actually lighter. For maduros, leaves are either toasted in a pressure chamber as well as fermented longer in above average heat. A maduro wrapper lends considerable flavor to a cigar: it tends to be moderate in aroma, but to have strong, nearly lovely flavor.

21. Oscuro


This black-as-night wrapper shade is actually attained by leaving the leaves on the plant so long as possible, by using just the leaves from the roof of the plant, as well as by fermenting them for a particularly long period. Most often Brazilian and Mexican in origin, oscuro wrappers tend to be fairly rough, a consequence of the additional fermentation. This particular category is often called “double maduro.” or “black”.