Cigar Lifestyle

What’s with premium cigar quality lately?

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Q: Over the last year or more I have noticed that “premium” cigars mean rolled so tight there’s no draw until you dry them down. Even then, I’m glad to get to smoke 2/3rds of the box.

I’ve purchased large samplers to try out my theory and found that only 60% or so were smoke-able, the others plugged. I’m not talking about bundle cigars; I’m talking about box prices of $4 each and more. What’s going on in the industry?
– Brent W. in Bismarck, ND


A: This is a very good question. Though the test method used for your theory was smart, I have not had similar problems in terms of extra tight rolling and/or no draw; nor have I heard any of my cigar-smoking coworkers complain, and we all smoke at least a couple of cigars a day from a variety of manufacturers.

Have you noticed if these tightly-wound cigars are from a particular manufacturer? That would be a good clue, but I don’t think anything’s “going on” in the industry. Either you have extremely high standards for what you consider a “good draw,” or, yes, there is something going on. How that would happen, I have no idea. Between The DR, Honduras, and Nicaragua, there are so many rollers doing this it’s hard to believe that so many were rolling such a large number of cigars so poorly.

Perhaps it’s best to open this question up to the readers and see what their comments reveal on this. As is the case for you, I can only speak for myself.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review west tampa tobacco white - cover

#NowSmoking: West Tampa Tobacco Company White

Reading Time: 4 minutes Former CAO brand ambassador Rick Rodriguez now has his own premium cigar brand, West Tampa Tobacco Company. In this review of the West Tampa White Toro Gary called it “a real finger burner.” Was he just being nice? Check out his entire review now.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review of rojas unfinished business - cover

#NowSmoking: Rojas Unfinished Business

Reading Time: 4 minutes This week we’re reviewing Rojas Unfinished Business Corona Gorda. Will this cigar continue Noel Rojas’s trend of uber-delicious blends? Are there any loose ends remaining after enjoying the Unfinished Business? Check out our review to find out.

Read More
cigar advisor nowsmoking cigar review crowned heads serie e cover

#NowSmoking: Crowned Heads Court Reserve Serie E

Reading Time: 4 minutes Eddie Van Halen’s guitar prowess was undeniable and capturing his legacy with a cigar is a mammoth undertaking. Does the music-loving family behind Crowned Heads Cigars have what it takes to pull off this cigar solo? Check out our cigar review of Serie E and find out!

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