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Fan Mail: Still More of Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 31)

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Time for another deep reach into the Advisor mailbag…

A lot of readers’ cigar questions have hit our inbox over the years, and well over 100 of them have been rolled into this occasional video Q&A series we call Fan Mail…and these letters get the full video treatment because they’re great questions, and we think you’ll find they have interesting answers. Maybe you’ve wondered about some of these same Cigar 101s, tips and tricks, too – if so, we’re happy to pay it forward to help you reach the mountaintop of cigar satisfaction.

Our 31st installment is in, and the big three burning questions we’re tackling will help you get a better tasting of your cigars, tell you about some rare tobacco, and teach you some important humidor care.

We’re answering questions every day from cigar smokers like you on FacebookTwitterInstagram and email. Reach out with your ask, and maybe we’ll answer your cigar question in a future Fan Mail. You can leave a comment below, too – we check ‘em all. And if you find these videos helpful, hit that YouTube “like” button and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss what video we put out next. And be sure to share these tips with your cigar pals…knowledge is power!

Check out these videos…


Cigar Question #1: What is Medio Tiempo tobacco?

By Jared Gulick

We received a question from Spencer in Bordertown, Nevada who asks, “What is Medio Tiempo tobacco? I see it listed in some cigars, but when I look it up online, there’s a bunch of different answers. Which one is right? Also, is it true that it’s expensive?” The Medio Tiempo buzz was first stirred up in 2010 with the re-release (and re-blend) of the Cuban Cohiba Behike. Over the last decade, many cigarmakers and enthusiasts have jumped on the bandwagon. Watch this video to get the skinny on why these leaves are so rare, and more importantly, why they add so much flavor to a cigar. 

Cigar Question #2: How to Re-season an Old Humidor

By Gary Korb

If you’ve got an old humidor, we’re talking 10 years or more, it’s probably been pretty faithful. But if you’ve noticed some climate change inside lately like Blake in Henderson, Nevada did, it may be time to re-season your humidor. He asked us to explain the process, step-by-step – watch now to see how it’s done. . .

Cigar Question #3: What is the Meaning of a Cigar’s “Finish”?

By John Pullo

Kevin from Texas had a question after one of our recent cigar reviews, where we got talking about the cigar’s “finish” – he asked, “Sometimes you say a cigar has a short finish, or a long finish. What does ‘finish’ mean, and how do I know what’s ‘short’ or ‘long’?’”

This is one we “borrowed” from the world of wine tasting – and it’s a key component to judging your cigar’s quality. Watch now for the answers…


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