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Fan Mail: Burning Cigar Questions Answered (Part 51)

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See Cigar Advisor’s video answers to the latest top cigar questions!

For seven years, our Fan Mail series has unfolded into an ever-growing cigar encyclopedia. You had cigar questions. We gave answers. And we’ll keep doing it as long as you’re feeding them to us. We’re quite hungry, you know.

This month’s trio of questions range from why cigars have bands, to whether flavored cigars lose their…well…flavor over time. And finally, whether it’s recommended to smoke your sticks right out of the humidor—or better to let them sit a while first. Make sure you watch each video (they’re short, sweet, and to the point)!

As always, there’s plenty of room in the Cigar Advisor mail bag. Submit your question in the comments section below. Maybe we’ll be answering yours next!


 Cigar Question 1: Will my flavored cigars lose their flavor over time?

By Gary Korb

Doug in Colorado is a cigar smoker who likes to age his flavored cigars. Wondering how long they would have to age until they start to lose their flavor, watch now as Gary replies with the answer and even describes one way flavored cigars are infused.


 Cigar Question 2: Can I smoke my cigar straight out of the humidor…or should I wait?

By Jared Gulick

Benji from Hereford, UK recently sent us a question. He asked, “If you wouldn’t mind me quizzing you, what is the preferred method? Smoking a cigar straight from the humidor or allowing it to rest for a period? A few of my mates are in disagreement.” Great question, Benji. Whether you should let your cigar rest can vary depending on conditions. Check out my video for a full explanation!


Cigar Question 3: Why do cigars have bands?

By Paul Lukens

Today’s question comes from Rich in Danbury, Connecticut who asks, ‘Why do cigars have bands?’

Thanks for the question, and there are a few different origin tales out there. Was it because of a Russian Empress, playboys in 19th century England, or a mediocre cigarmaker trying to keep his cigars from unravelling? Or is there another motive entirely? Find out the real reason behind cigar bands in the video below.




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1 year ago

Well done all. Gary, I do remember the song.

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