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Cigar Advisor Newsletter: November 2022

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November News, Reviews, and Exclusive Content from Cigar Advisor!

Our Holiday Cigar Gift Guide Returns!

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYWHERE YOU TURN THESE DAYS there’s a gift buying guide staring you in the face. Did you think we were going to be any different? Our annual Ultimate Holiday Cigar Gift Buying Guide has become one of the best destinations for cigar smokers seeking any number of practical gift ideas.

The gift of cigars is “one thing that beckons the spirit of the season like no other,” writes John Pullo. “You’re not just handing someone a present to unwrap; you’re giving a gift of celebration and relaxation.” Celebrating good times, relaxing with friends and family during those leftover vacation days you had to use up; isn’t that what the gift-giving season is really all about? Exactly. And what follows are some gift-buying tips to take into consideration as you shop.

True, the number of gift choices can be mindboggling, especially when it comes to buying cigars. Unless it’s someone you smoke with fairly regularly, it’s often hard to tell what cigars they may like. If you’re really not sure, medium-bodied cigars are a safe bet, since most cigar smokers will be able to appreciate a fine medium-bodied smoke. Even better is to offer them variety. A typical variety pack will usually offer different blends and may even have different sizes. A great example of this from our cigar samplers & gift sets section is the Best of Arturo Fuente sampler:

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Our Holiday Gift Guide Sneak Peek:

Best of Fuente Cigar Sampler

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 -“When it comes to brands that are synonymous with imported premium cigars, Arturo Fuente stands head and shoulders above the fray. Just about no one can touch them in experience, quality, and the promise of perfectly balanced flavor in every draw. Here you have 12 of Fuente’s six bestselling blends including the sumptuous Hemingway Signature—that’s a Fuente for every day of Christmas. You just can’t miss with this gift set.”


Xikar Volta Quad Lighter

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - xikar table lighter at famous smoke shop“The gift that keeps on lighting. It has a fuel tank fit for a 747, four powerful jets, and a base serving as a flame adjuster. Bring the Volta Quad to the herf, and you’re guaranteed to turn heads.”

Happy holidays!


Cigars We’ve Been Smoking This Month

Sticks so good – we had to share…


Ozgener Family Bosphorus

Did not disappoint. Rich, balanced, chewy, and extremely satisfying. – Gary
Flavor notes: Latte coffee, cocoa, caramel, cedar, and baking spices.
Ecuador Sumatra Wrapper | Medium-Bodied |Big Flavors


Iron Horse by AJ Fernandez

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - iron horse at famous smoke shopFlavor wise, it’s like getting 50-yard-line seats at general admission prices.  – Jared
Flavor notes: Herbal, almost tea-like, with leather, wood, and sweet spices.
Nicaragua Maduro Wrapper | Medium-Bodied | Budget Friendly


Tatuaje Miami

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - tatuaje miami at famous smoke shopAn old favorite and the cigar that put Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia on the map. – Paul
Flavor notes: Black pepper, baking spice, dark chocolate, leather.
Ecuador Habano Wrapper | Full-Bodied | Nightcap


Say What?! Cigar Reviews That Made Us Laugh

The good, the bad, and funniest cigar reviews this month!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Yummy dessert cigar. They should make it in pumpkin spice flavor.”
Ed. Nope: Nope.

⭐⭐⭐ “It was covered in all of this fuzzy-looking plume, and it tasted really good!”
Ed. Note: I mean…he seemed to enjoy it. Why harsh his mellow?

⭐ “I dropped an ash in the Turkey and Thanksgiving was ruined.”
Ed. Note: That’s enough internet for today.


Fan Mail Rewind: What’s the difference between long and short filler tobacco?

The long and short of cigar filler tobaccos can make for a very different smoking experience, yet short filler isn’t the villain its made out to be. Check out Gary’s explanation on what separates the two!

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For more helpful tips, check out our latest edition of Cigar Advisor Fan Mail.


Humidor Highlight: Top New Cigars

What’s fresh at Famous…

Foundation Cigars Olmec

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Claro
Binder: Proprietary
Filler: Nicaragua Esteli & Jalapa

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - foundation olmec at famous smoke shop
With a generous serving of coffee, cocoa, and spices, Olmec lives up to Foundation’s reputation. We’ve been longtime fans of their Tabernacle and Charter Oak blends and this blend complements it with a slightly mellower approach. Check it out and let us know what you think!

See more from our latest edition of Top New Cigars.


Paul’s Pairings: Have What He’s Having

Our resident boozeologist shares his cigar and beverage pairing of the month!

In our glass: Manhattan

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - manhattan cigar pairingHere’s a boozy cocktail that practically screams old-school cool.

What you need:

  • 2 oz rye (or any bourbon or American whiskey)
  • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

The Setup:

Combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!


Pair it with this: Montecristo 1935 Anniversary

cigar advisor newsletter november 2022 - montecristo 1935 at famous smoke shopThe rich, creamy, nutty, and oh-so-smooth flavor profile of the Fuente Hemingway offsets the sweet and spicy nature of the Jack and Ginger. This classic medium-bodied smoke is a match made in heaven for the delightfully boozy, quintessential cocktail.

Take this quick quiz and discover more delicious pairs: Cigar & Spirits Pairing Guide
Or…stay on the wagon with our Top Non-Alcoholic Drink & Cigar Pairings



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