Towards the end of the Obama Administration, the President not only relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba but also allowed for Cuban cigars to be brought back from Cuba and other countries where Cuban goods are legal. Despite these relaxed restrictions, it was still illegal to import and sell Cuban cigars in the United States. Many in the US cigar industry saw this as a slight as it created an uneven playing field for US retailers and manufacturers that cater to the US market because there was no opportunity for retailers to import cigars or use Cuban tobacco in cigars for the US market. It alsoRead More →

In this post we’re going to go over some minor cigar myths that, while important to debunk, don’t necessarily warrant a full post by themselves. If you’ve fallen for these myths, don’t feel bad, we’re just now entering the golden age of cigar information. The White Ash Myth – I’m sure you’ve heard that a white ash is indicative of a quality cigar and a good roll. Both of these claims are false. The color of the ash of your cigar has everything to do with the nutrient content of the soil in which the tobacco was grown. Soils with a higher calcium content willRead More →

Cigar nomenclature can be vague at best and confusing at its worst. You’ve probably heard quite a few names used to describe a cigar like boutique or premium and we’re going to break that down here for you and also give you a little insight into the cigar industry. In the US cigar market, there isn’t really an official definition for what a cigar is. This not only causes regulatory confusion but can also cause confusion among consumers because you can find everything from a filtered, flavored tobacco product to a Cohiba labeled as a cigar. You may have noticed a few years back theRead More →

One of the most prevalent myths surrounding cigars is the darker the wrapper, the stronger the cigar. While you can determine a few things from the color of wrapper tobacco, strength is not one of them. Before we get into debunking this myth though, we have a few things to go over because there is a little more surrounding this myth than just the darkness of wrapper tobacco. First, it’s important to understand the components of a cigar. A cigar has three parts: filler, binder, and wrapper. Each of these parts effect the way your cigar tastes, the effect it has on your palate, andRead More →

Matt here, One of the most frequently asked questions I get this time of year is “I’ve kept nothing in my humidor all winter, how do I get my humidor ready now that spring is here?” I’ll go over what you need to do to get your humidor back in working order and give you some advice so you don’t have to prep your humidor every spring. If you’ve left your humidor empty for the past few months, there’s a good chance you’ll have to re-season it. Seasoning introduces moisture to the Spanish Cedar inside your humidor, if the Spanish Cedar is not seasoned, itRead More →