Onyx Reserve cigars have enjoyed a very loyal following; now, this modern classic gets kicked up a few notches with the Onyx Esteli, created by AJ Fernandez. An all-Nicaraguan core gets treated to an almost pitch-black San Andrés wrapper; it sounds tasty on paper…but did Onyx Esteli pass our panel’s taste bud test? Watch now, and find out!
Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 25)
One of our most looked-forward-to segments, Fan Mail, returns! This is where we pass along some tips and tricks to answer the cigar questions our readers send our way through email, Facebook and more…because after all, we want to smoke better – not work harder. So many questions have come in since our last presentation it was hard to choose, but some of topics we’ll be talking about include cutting extra-wide ring gauge cigars, and the best way to unplug a torch lighter.
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Here’s what we’ve got out of the mailbag this month. . .
What is a Double Maduro cigar?
By John Pullo
We’re back to the mailbag with a question from Jim in Utica, New York – he’s discovered that he likes Maduro cigars, but is a little confused now that he’s seeing cigars like Sancho Panza and CAO described as “double Maduro” and Camacho’s “triple Maduro.” So he asked, “Can you tell me what is a double Maduro cigar?”
You might think, “That’s easy – it’s just more Maduro!” Close, but no: turns out there is an old-school answer, and a more “common practice” answer to Jim’s question – so double Maduro can mean TWO things. If you’d like to learn the what and the why, watch my video now…
Best Hack for Fixing a Plugged Cigar Torch Lighter
By Gary Korb
This is a goodie that may save you a lot of trouble. Brent in Oxnard, California writes: “I bled my lighter before refueling, as usual, but after I refilled it the flame height was way lower than it should be, even on the highest setting. I’m using high quality gas, too. Did this a few times and same thing. Any ideas?”
Sounds like the jets are clogged. If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar predicament, here’s a solution I learned from one of our retail store associates. Assuming it’s not something more serious that’s causing the lighter to fail, watch this simple hack that works like magic now. . .
How to Cut Big Ring Gauge Cigars
By Fred Lunt
As cigar smokers dive into the big ring gauge trend, more and more of them are faced with the problem of cutting these monster-sized cigars. Steve in Tucson, AZ reached out to find the best ways to cut those big cigars and Fred, in true Cigar Advisor style, gladly obliged. See his recommendations for the right big ring accessories and how to slice ’n’ dice in a pinch. The answer may surprise you, so watch now. . .
How to Identify Profile Flavors in a Cigar
By Tommy Zman
Jason from NJ asks us a great question that we hear a lot, and it’s basically about how one learns to identify the flavor profiles in cigars. Well, it can actually take a little time and practice, but with a little patience and smoking a variety of different types of cigars, you definitely can start to pick up on the base flavor profiles and develop your palate from there.