Welcome, Smoke, Enjoy & Learn

I’ve been doing more visiting and less writing over the last few months as I’ve frequented cigar shops. I like to say that I’ve been conducting research. One thing I’ve learned is that people, both new and experienced, still want education and knowledge about premium cigars almost as much or more than they want the cigar itself.…

3 Ways Online Groups Help the Cigar Culture

My phone is inundated with notifications from social media groups. I would venture to say that I belong to roughly 100 such groups through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and they are mostly dedicated to cigars in one way or another. While some could argue that being affiliated of so many of the groups is overkill, there is a lot…

Nonpartisan Cigars

“Your political opinions are not important to me right now, I’m enjoying my cigar” is what most patrons are thinking when “political experts” get warmed up at shops…or at least it’s what I’m thinking. Between social media, news, the internet, the only thing people seem to care or talk about these days is who’s right, who’s wrong, who’s…

The Gold Standard: Fratello Oro

Earlier this year I wrote about how for months I searched high and low for a Brick and Mortar that sold Fratello cigars (Fratello Smoke Break With Omar de Frias). After turning over every stone I could, I ended up in W.C. Draper Tobacconist in Washington, DC during the summer of 2015 and I found what…

Are Your Cigars Better With Time? Part 2

Wouldn’t you know it! Just when we learn something new and positive about enhancing the cigar lifestyle (Part 1), someone has to come along and discuss negatives. Well being all about balance, we have an obligation to look at all sides of any topic to ensure that your cigar experience is maximized. But are there really drawbacks to aging…

Are Your Cigars Better With Time? Part 1

It’s a question that cigar smokers have been pondering for years. When purchases are made, do I enjoy it now or do I store it away? Is this thing prime for smoking or will it take some time before it becomes the cigar of my hopes and dreams? While opinions will differ, there are benefits…

Take a One-Hour Cigar Vacation

I love the beach as much as the next person, but most working adults don’t always have the luxury of taking extended time off from the J.O.B. and leaving their day-to-days behind. We’re constantly shown images of private islands, resorts and 12-star hotels (exaggeration) where we can enjoy our cigars, but in our lifetime it’s highly…