Cigar Buying Guides

2018 CA Report: How Master Blenders Create the Flavor Profiles in Cigars

There are certain base flavors we get from cigars like coffee, wood, pepper and chocolate...then there are deeper notes, such as cinnamon, citrus, dark fruits, and more. Zman spoke to several expert cigar makers to learn how they go about creating a cigar’s "flavor profile," and which tobaccos bring about those certain flavors on the palate.
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Cigar Buying Guides

2018 CA Report: Top 10 Underrated Connecticut Shade Cigars

These are top quality cigars, all made in excellent cigar manufacturing facilities. But the main reason I have referred to them as underrated is because there are many full-bodied cigar lovers who simply will not give a more subtle Connecticut Shade stick the time of day. But, newsflash for everyone reading: NOT ALL Connecticut Shade cigars are mellow and low on flavor. In fact, the cigars on my list - while they may not be dark, Maduro, ligero-laden beasts - these sticks all have profiles that boast a hell of a lot of nice, rich tobacco flavor.
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Cigar Makers

The Top 5 First Generation Cigar Makers

Below I list five of these men, all who have worked so incredibly hard to get where they are today. Even in the face of looming FDA regulations, draconian smoking laws, and outlandish tobacco taxes, they drive forward, while continuing to make some of the world’s very best cigars. I happen to know these five guys personally, and I know how much the cigar culture means to them, as well as the faithful followers who purchase their creations.
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Food & Drink

The 10 Best Cigars to Pair With Red Wine

Ah, cigars… those tasty tobacco packed cylinders that pair so amazingly well with a whole lot of the finer things in life… good friends, great food, hearty coffee, and as far as libations go...
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Cigar Buying Guides

Breaking Brand: 10 Outlier Cigar Brands

For years, many manufacturers were known for producing certain kinds of cigars that had similar strength and flavor profiles throughout…
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Cigar Buying Guides

Top 10 Torpedo Cigars – Our "Must Smoke" Figurados

Watching a torcedor roll torpedo cigars is a beautiful thing to witness; truly, it's a form of…
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10 of the Worst Cigars that are on a Comeback (?) From the Boom Era

The cigar boom of the mid-to-late 1990’s was an explosive time for the industry. Everybody and their ...
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2018 CA Report: Classic Cigar Brands That You Forgot How Good They Were

Over the past ten years or so, a new crop of cigars by master blenders have taken ...
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2018 CA Report: Top 10 Brazilian Wrapper Cigars

Anybody who knows that when I say I’m getting a Brazilian, they know I’m not talking about wax on/wax ...
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2018 CA Report: 10 Best Cigars to Pair with Whiskey

Cigar smoking is my love and passion. Having a belt of good whiskey with my cigar elevates it ...
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