Cigars 101

Fan Mail: Still MORE of Your Cigar Questions…Answered (Part 20)

Your Cigar Questions Answered…

As Newman of Seinfeld fame once said: “Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There’s never a letup, it’s relentless. Every day it piles up more and more, and you gotta get it out, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming in! And then the bar code reader breaks! And then it’s Publisher’s Clearinghouse Day…!” Well, you get the idea, but we love reading your mail and answering your cigar questions. Here’s what we’ve got on video for you this month. . .

 

Cigar Question #1: How do I know if my cigars really are fresh?

by Fred Lunt

Is your cigar too dry? Or worse yet, is it too wet? Well today Fred is going to show you how to do the “pinch test” on your cigars. Pinching cigars, a time-tested trial that every cigar smoker has endured will show the freshness of a cigar and even serves as an indicator of how effective your equipment is. Watch the video and see this old school cigar hack in action!

 

Cigar Question #2: Why are cellos used on cigars, and what are they made from?

by Gary Korb

Do you ever think about those cellophane wrappers on your cigars? Probably not. But Tyler B. from East Texas was curious and wanted to know what cellos are made from and why they’re used on cigars. Check out my video answer and learn some fascinating facts about ‘phane. (It really is pretty interesting.)

 

Cigar Question #3: Why are some of the cigars I buy from a box spongier than others?

by Tommy Zman

You guys always ask us great cigar questions, and here’s yet another one from Eddie in Framingham, MA who says, “A lot of times a cigar I pull straight from the box is a little too humid and soft. How come, and is there anything I can do about it?” Well, it’s a common problem and the answer lies within this quick little video…

 

Cigar Question #4: Does a cigar’s size make a difference in flavor or ratings?

by John Pullo

Not long after our last installment of Fan Mail, Bill from Georgetown, Kentucky hit our in-box with a three-part question about shapes, flavors and ratings: “Is there truly a big difference in the characteristics we look for in a cigar from one size to another? Is there a trend in cigar shape/ size and rating? If so, what cigar shape/ size typically gets the best rating?” The short answer is “kind of,” but I think there are a few misconceptions we can clear up – especially when it comes to sizes and ratings. See what I mean, as we give Bill the “Buy One, Get Two Free” treatment in this quick video clip…

*   *   *

As always, we appreciate your comments and sharing these videos with your fellow cigar smokers. If you’ve got a question, let us know by leaving a comment, or send us a message via Facebook or one of our other social media channels.

– Gary, John, Fred, and Zman

 

#  #  #

Cigar Advisor Staff

Cigar Advisor Staff

The Cigar Advisor Staff is comprised of three good-humored, yet dangerously unpredictable writers who share over 75 years of premium cigar smoking experience. Traversing the tobacco landscape like smoke-shrouded Avengers, they wander (mostly because the fat one ate the map) in search of new leaf adventures armed with nothing but torch lighters and runcible spoons as their weapons. Each is equally knowledgeable on the matters and pursuits of the cigar lifestyle, with his own unique and capricious insights on various luxury, sports, automobiles and entertainment affairs - all served with good counsel for your reading pleasure.

Show all Cigar Advisor Staff's Articles
Gran Habano Blue In Green cigar review Churchill Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Review Panel: Gran Habano Blue In Green Cigar Review (Video)

The Gran Habano name doesn’t often come up in conversation, but the loyalists know how good they are. GH’s latest, and the subject of our Blue In Green cigar review, was inspired by George Rico’s favorite Miles Davis composition; But how jazzed up did we get over this cigar? Watch now and see…

Read More
5 things about pa broadleaf tobacco cacover

5 Things You Need To Know About… Pennsylvania Broadleaf Tobacco

Cheesesteaks, Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling), and potholes the size of moon craters are as Pennsylvanian as it gets – but what about the tobacco? We spent a day at the Drew Estate PA Barn Smoker which, as a life-long Pennsylvanian, led me down the rabbit-hole of what goes into growing and using this heavy tobacco in cigars – and why some say it’s making a comeback.

Read More

Boxes Full of Blues: The Best Cigar Boxes to Make Cigar Box Guitars

We Advisors love our cigars, and our Blues. Watch and listen as we sit with Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar: he shows us his picks for the best cigar boxes to make cigar box guitars, and we tell him interesting facts about the cigars that came in those boxes before they started making that sweet, sweet music.
Read More
CACover Master Blenders Alec Bradley Cigars

Master Blenders: Alan Rubin, President/CEO of Alec Bradley Cigars

Alan Rubin, with his sons, Alec and Bradley, speak about how Alec Bradley Cigars has made their mark. We talk about the leading cigars in the AB stable, how the boys are contributing to their father's business, the new Black Market Estelí and Prensado Lost Art cigars, and much more. Alec Bradley fans: give it a listen.
Read More