Great Cigar Articles

Last week was very rich in great cigar articles published at cigar blogs - I would like to highlight the ones I thoroughly enjoyed in case you missed them somehow.

The Art of the Cigar Bomb

Chris over at NiceTightAsh.com explains very well what is a cigar bomb and how one should bomb his or her fellow aficionado.

Cigar Bombs have filled wish lists and humidors for years. But for those of you who are not familiar, or perhaps want to send a few out, read these directions carefully. Not following these instructions could result in losing a limb.

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Cigar Shops Under Attack

Patrick S. at StogieGuys.com describes how anti-smoking zealots ingeniously come up with more and more techniques to complicate the existence for cigar shops and bars, the only places left for us where we can smoke.

Even where smoking is allowed, regulations are designed to do harm. In New York City, for example, the century-old Barclay Rex cigar store recently found itself in trouble with city inspectors who cited the shop for serving free coffee to its customers using a $9,000 automatic espresso maker. The violation was for serving “food” without a permit. Problem is, according to New York’s strict smoking ban, no place that allows smoking can have such a permit.

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Cheap Smoke: Cigar.com Blue Label

Cigar.com Blue Label

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Price : ~$49.95 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Cigar.com cigars...

This is another guest review from Matthew and Jed at Smoking & Talking. They are good at finding good value cigars!

Ever on the lookout for quality cigars at cheap prices, I recently received a sampler of the 7 House Blends produced by cigar.com. Today's review is the Blue Label, which is their flagship blend that started the idea to create their own line. The appearance looks like a $2 smoke but nothing else about this stick does. The smoke has a wonderful sweetness with hints of licorice and tiny bursts of pepper at each transition. Lacking a bit of complexity, this is a very smooth stick that doesn't quite measure up to the Medium body advertised by cigar.com. It burns fast, real fast--it took just over an hour to down this Torpedo. The draw was medium, the ash was loose, and there were a few green spots--but were talking about cheap smokes here! This is an everyday smoke to be sure, with a box of 20 coming in just under $50. If appearance bothers you, close your eyes and you'll find a can't miss smoke.

Thumbs (way) Up!

Charging a humidifier in a humidor

I recently received a newsletter from BuyLighters.com with a nice video called How to troubleshoot a lighter. I started browsing through all their videos on YouTube and found a really good one on how to charge a humidifier in a humidor. Dave Sabot from CheapHumidors.com explains it really well - I decided to post it here. Enjoy.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #71 (Sep 5 2009)

Here are two reviews that we enjoyed reading this week.

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Reviewed by Walt at  The Stogie Review

Check out this review of the Cigar Aficionado's #1 cigar of 2008.
Read the full review here...

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Made in Honduras from Nicaraguan tobacco, these are decent value smokes.
Read the full review here....

Montecristo Petit Edmundo on sale!

One of my favorite cigars, Montecristo Petit Edmundo is now available at $189.95 per box at PerfectCubanCigars.com.

Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto

Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 5/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
More info about purchasing Avo Domaine cigars...

I could not resist when I saw this beautiful cigar in a cigar shop in Paris. I have a special feeling for perfectos since this is a vitola that is almost always perfectly constructed and allows me to concentrate on flavor characteristics of the stick. The tobacco in this cigar comes from the "Domaine AVO", a finca in the Dominican Republic that belongs to Avo Uvezian, the brand founder. The wrapper is a twice fermented Ecuador.

Read the full review of Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto...

Hookah Giveaway Results

Thanks to those of you who entered to win a beginner's shisha kit last week. It is time to announce the winner now and I'm heading to the Randomizer website, as usual.

...and it indicates that the winner is Calestus! Congrats.

We hope you will enjoy your hookah. Thanks to HookahLounge.net for making it possible.

CAO Gold Vintage Crémant

CAO Gold Vintage Crémant

Origin : Esteli, Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut Seed
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras (Jamastran), Nicaragua (Esteli)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.25 each
More info about purchasing CAO Gold Vintage cigars...

Before beginning my review I'd like to thank my friend Scott, @caosmoker on twitter, for graciously giving me this cigar. He was able to attend IPCPR this year and was fortunate enough to pickup a few extra sticks to share with me.

A local talk radio personality and newspaper columnist, Mike Rosen, has a poignant phrase. "Let me tell you where I sit before I tell you where I stand." Essentially this is an effort at full disclosure so listeners and readers will know of any personal biases he may have about a topic of discussion. This statement has been on my mind since late last week when I was approached by Cigar Inspector to do a series of CAO reviews for his site. Being a fan of CAO, I jumped at the opportunity to toot the horn of my personal favorite cigar manufacturer. Although I have a personal bias towards CAO, I do take cigar reviews very seriously. It's of no benefit to anyone for me to rate a cigar higher just because I want it to have a better rating. In the end the cigars will speak for themselves, your tastes will differ from mine and I'm not trying to persuade you to my side of the street. I only hope this series of reviews will remind you of some of your favorite (or soon to become favorite) CAO cigars, will inspire you to try a new blend you haven't yet or revisit one that may have disappointed you in the past.

So now that you know where I sit (I love CAO cigars), here's where I stand on one of the newest lines from CAO, the Gold Vintage Crémant:

Read the full review of CAO Gold Vintage Crémant...

Ashton Classic Corona

Ashton Classic Corona

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5″ x 44
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
More info about purchasing Ashton Classic cigars...

Ashton and the Ashton Classic came on the scene back in 1994 I believe. It is the brain child of Philly native Robert Levin. He partnered with the Fuentes who manufacture many of the cigars that bear the Ashton name. Known for superb quality and construction on all their lines the Classic seems to be no exception.

Read the full review of Ashton Classic Corona...

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