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.

Notify of
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 my weekend cigar review warped sky moon - cover

My Weekend Cigar Review: Warped Sky Moon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Once a “personal blend” for Warped Cigars’ Kyle Gellis, Sky Moon debuted earlier this year to Warped fans with just 500 boxes. Now, Gary gives his take on the all-Nicaraguan hybrid Corona. See what he had to say here.

Read More
cigar advisor my weekend cigar review warped la colmena black honey - cover

My Weekend Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena Black Honey

Reading Time: 3 minutes Now in its third release, we’ve got a review of the Warped La Colmena Black Honey. Gary notes, “it really held my interest,” but you should see what else he had to say about this limited edition Belicoso. Watch now.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking hvc seleccion no. 1 cigar review - cover

#NowSmoking: HVC Seleccion No.1

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of the more recent releases from boutique cigar maker HVC is the HVC Seleccion No. 1 Natural line. For this review Gary hits the Poderosos—that’s Spanish for “powerful.” Watch now to see if it lived up to its name or not.

Read More
#nowsmoking CAO La Traviata Maduro cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: CAO La Traviata Divino Maduro

Reading Time: 4 minutes editors, Gary Korb and John Pullo, are #nowsmoking a classic: watch their CAO La Traviata cigar review of the Divino (Robusto), rolled in the Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Is it still as good now as it was when it debuted in 2009? Watch now and see…

Read More