Cigar Makers

5 Cigars That Made My Career: Rafael Nodal

Rafael Nodal has had a hand in blending some of the most renowned cigars in the world, gathering huge ratings and prestigious awards along the way…not bad for a kid who was picking oranges in Cuba at 15. Today, we sit with Rafael to discover the 5 cigars that influenced his style, earned him success, and give some little-known facts about your favorite Altadis and Boutique Blends.
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Cigars 101

5 Things You Need to Know About… Whiskey and Cigars

This relationship actually runs pretty deep…so I'm sharing 5 Things I learned that bond whiskey and cigars together: how cigarmaking dovetails with distilling, why a smoke is a natural fit with a pour of whiskey by its side, and what else these indulgences have in common.
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Cigar Makers

2018 CA Report: Top Cigar Brands You Should Know (and Why)

If someone asked you which cigars you like, what would you tell them? And what would you say if that person asked, “why?” If you’re on the hunt for a go-to cigar, you should know at least a little something – even one thing - about what makes these cigar brands and their makers special, and why they’ve earned a spot in so many humidors.
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Cigars 101

Torpedoes Cigars and a Few Things you Need to Know

If Torpedoes are your favorite cigar shape – you’ve not only got good taste, you’re among a loyal following of cigar enthusiasts. But have you ever wondered why you were drawn to them in the first place? For me, Torpedo cigars are a great “change of pace” pick, because there’s big flavor in there. But there’s more to know – and appreciate – about them, than just their pointed heads.
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Cigar Makers

Rick Rodriguez Discusses the 5 Cigars that Made his Career

CAO Cigars’ Rick Rodriguez wasn’t always a cigar maker…but he’s always been a cigar guy. Well before the days of LinkedIn, networking was as much luck as it was hard work; and it was one of those chance meetings that led Rick down the path to making premium cigars, and coming full circle with his family’s history. He’s trained alongside the masters: Daniel Nuñez, Benji Menendez, Edwin Guevara, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo.
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Cigar Lifestyle

Share Boxes Full of Blues: The Best Cigar Boxes to Make Cigar Box Guitars

igar guys love everything about cigars; we Cigar Advisor guys happen to love our Blues, too. And today, we’re digging into both of these passions with the building and playing of cigar box guitars. This is pure Americana: there is both an art and a history to it, even though you don’t need to be a master craftsman to make one. But if you’ve wanted to try it for yourself...
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Cigars 101

Five Pros Teach: Top Tricks to Cleanse Your Palate Between Cigars

or those of us up north, it’s (finally) high cigar season: that means smoking two or three cigars in an afternoon by the pool, or a double-header while you’re feet-up at the fire pit. But have you noticed that your second or third smoke doesn’t burst with its usual flavors? Mellow, or even medium-bodied cigars don’t seem as tasty...
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Cigar Buying Guides

Memorial Day 2018 Cigars: What You’ll Smoke on Repeat This Summer

The world has been moving pretty fast – but weekend time is upon us, as is…
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Cigar Makers

Share 5 Cigars That Made My Career: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigars

Settling in Miami was supposed to be temporary. “Things happen for a reason,”…
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Cigar Makers

CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Eladio Diaz of Davidoff Cigars

Meet Eladio Diaz, of Davidoff Cigars: what does a master blender do to relax after a day at the cigar factory? Smoke more cigars, of course…
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