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Cigars and the Common Cold

Know what sucks about winter? It's not the cold weather, shoveling, driving in the snow, growing a...
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Giving Cigar Gifts

The act of giving a gift is certainly worth something, a thoughtful gift giver will consider whether the recipient will actually enjoy it.
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Cigars and Cold Weather

Cigars and Cold Weather

Nothing like warm cigars and cold weather to help one brace up of the winter. What keeps us coming back for more? Learn more when you read this article.
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cigar snobs

Why I Now Snub Cigar Snobs Even Harder

Cigar snobs defend cigars as a rich man's diversion; our writer disagrees, as cigars can be enjoyed by anyone. And here's the proof.
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Why I Snub Cigar Snobbery

Reading Time: < 1 minute That old image of cigars as a rich man’s diversion has got to go; if anything, it’s just another arrow in the quiver of the anti-smoke Nazis. Despite what “they” would have you believe, cigars are more blue collar then blueblood.

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My Top 5 Cigar Shapes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Part of what attracts us to a particular cigar is the way it feels in the hand – the texture of the wrapper, the heft, and perhaps most importantly, the shape.

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Gestalt? What the Hell is Gestalt?

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I recently discussed the word “gestalt” with Famous owner, Arthur, during lunch. As a German speaker, I’m well aware of the literal definition, “form, or shape.” But it’s the English counterpoint that’s infinitely more fascinating.

In English, “gestalt” is the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts. Walking back to my desk from the break room, I couldn’t help but ponder how this concept applies to premium cigars.

A premium cigar contains longfiller, binder, and wrapper tobaccos. Smoked separately, you taste those specific components. When handrolled in the right proportions, however, those same components render a fundamentally different experience.

Widen your focus to consider presentation. Most cigar smokers I know care more about a cigar’s flavor, aroma, and burning qualities than its packaging, and rightfully so. But what about breaking the seal of an attractive box and observing the elegantly understated treasures within? A bundle could never whet my appetite like that!

Now zoom out to include drink pairing. A cigar you may normally enjoy suddenly attains new complexities when juxtaposed with a beverage. Zoom out another level…does it get any better than punctuating a delicious, well-prepared meal with a fine handmade cigar and digestive? Only if you take an even bigger perspective and consider the joy of good company.

My wife must often wonder what it is I like so much about cigars. It’s all of these things, but so much more. In a word, it’s the Gestalt. What about you?

     -by Hayward L. Tenney

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Carinos Robusto

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cariños Robusto Natural CigarScore: 9.

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Rocky Patel Decade Robusto Cigar Review

Reading Time: < 1 minute Rocky Patel Decade Robusto CigarScore: 8.

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Primos Torpedo

Reading Time: 2 minutes Primos by Los Blancos Torpedo Maduro CigarScore: 7.

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