Holding a Lighter Amidst the Silence

Put Your Lighters In the Air for Cigars

      Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf Anytown, USA July 15, 2016 Dear Family of the Leaf, As the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association trade show (IPCPR 2016) approaches, the cigar landscape is changing dramatically before our eyes. Those that will be in attendance are unsure if this will be the last…

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Primings Cigar Lounge and Bar

Premium tobacco fields must be handled with patience, care and efficiency. These things are vital when the time comes to pull the leaves from their stalks during a process called priming. Priming entails meticulously picking two leaves per day from the plant until all have been removed…a process that can take several weeks depending on the readiness…

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Las Calaveras 2016 Eval

The team at Crowned Heads Cigars are carving yet another path with the much anticipated release of the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016, the third installment to their Las Calaveras annual limited production series. According to GoGo Jones, the creative artist behind Crowned Heads’ marketing, “The concept for Las Calaveras came to Jon Huber, co-founder…

Cigar Nights

Cigar Nights

Sometimes you just want to enjoy a cigar among friends in an environment where you can hear yourself think and engage your companions in conversation. Take a break from reviewing, hit the pause button on legislation, and save lists and tips for another day. And nothing beats getting an unexpected Saturday afternoon text from a…

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4 Ideal Cigars For Any Newcomer

Entering the cigar lifestyle can be intimidating and challenging. And while those that aren’t familiar with premium cigars may think that getting started is just a matter of grabbing something from a store and lighting it, one’s first cigar selection is a critical moment in their journey. The one thing (besides the occasional jerk) that…

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Regius Exclusivo USA Oscuro Especial Eval

European cigar aficionados oftentimes lean toward Cuban cigars than US blends, as in many other countries Cubans are readily available and are a sign of luxury and prestige. When releasing brands in those countries, it’s critical for cigars to have many of the same qualities (look, feel, and taste) of those that hail from the island nation,…

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Fratello Smoke Break With Omar de Frias

While so much bad news is coming out of the District of Columbia these days for the premium cigar industry, one shining star the DMV does offer us is Fratello Cigars. The “baby” of Omar de Frias, Fratello Cigars is a small, yet strong company that was born as the result of affection for rich cigar…