The Ash Shades: a Detailed Look

Ash Shades - a detailed look

During the last couple of months, we've posted two excellent articles originally published in an Italian cigar magazine called CigarsLover: "The Bands: the Whole Colour of Tobacco" and "Lighting a Cigar: the Method of Jacques Puisais". Another issue of the magazine was recently released (download it here - there's even an article written by yours truly!) and we're back with another featured article, written by Didier Houvenaghel, that covers the cigar ash and its different aspects.

The white spots that sometimes appear on the ash

Those white spots show that the burn is more complete in those particular areas. That means that, for some reason, the combustion is either improved in those spots or worsened around them.

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Analog vs Digital Hygrometer : Which Is Better?

Analog vs. Digital Hygrometer: Which Is Better?

Stocking up on supplies for your first humidor? Building a wineador? One essential you absolutely must buy is a hygrometer. A hygrometer measures the level of humidity in your humidor, and lets you know if it is too high, too low, or just right. If your humidity drops too much, your cigars will dry out. If your humidity rises too high, your cigars will get musty, possibly even moldy, and may even attract pests. Hygrometers come in two main types: analog and digital. Analog hygrometers work using a spring which tightens or loosens depending on the humidity level. Digital hygrometers are electronic sensors. How do you know which to choose?

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Leccia Black Robusto Natural

Leccia Black Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : RobustoLeccia Cigars
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan, Dominican, Mata Fina, Dark Fire
Binder : Nicaraguan Rosado
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Leccia Black cigars...

Sam Leccia is well known for his long association with Oliva. In 2012, he was able to break away and start up his own premium cigar company (after a few unpleasant setbacks involving Oliva in 2011). The Leccia Black is one of a duo of “Black and White” cigars, the other of course being the Sam Leccia White, made in Nicaragua. The Black is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, and comes in four sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, and XO (Gordo). It comes wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano with a Nicaraguan Rosado binder enclosing a filler blended of Dominican and Nicaraguan ligeros, Brazilian viso, and “Dark Fire” tobaccos which have been wood-fire-cured.

The fire-cured aspect of this cigar makes it truly unique. The majority of cigars are made with air-cured tobacco. Fire-curing removes moisture and is generally used for pipe and chewing tobacco. This process results in a “smoky” flavor. Doesn’t just the sound of that make you excited? Let’s check it out!

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What is a Wineador and How to Build One?

What is a wineador?

We’ve been getting quite a lot of questions about temperature-controlled humidors lately and it was about time to come up with an answer! The following guest article comes courtesy of Squidot.

Wineador: a wine cooler converted for use as a humidor.

When I was looking for info on this topic I found a lack of a good singular source, instead having to go to multiple sites/forums to find the answers to my questions. I thought it would be helpful to compile my findings and the options you have available when going this route. If anyone wants to add something please let me know in the comments. Let's get started !

Why a wineador?

  • The main reason people choose wineadors as their preferred storage method is the temperature controls. This can be very handy if you live in a hot climate like me. I don't really want to keep my entire downstairs at or below 70 degrees for the sake of my cigars. With my wineador I am easily able to keep my sticks at a pretty constant 64 degrees. It also has a fan that will circulate air, which is very nice.
  • Another reason is increased storage capacity. You could also go with “coolidoors” but you wouldn't have temp controls or airflow. And also...
  • Aesthetics. Many people, myself included, really like the way they look once you get custom drawers in there.

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Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills Giveaway Winners

Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills

One week ago, Nikki reviewed Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills, an alternative way to light your cigars with style. Courtesy of Brian from CigarReserve.com, we had two boxes to give away to our lucky readers, and here are the winners: Rich (21:40 comment) and Mike (21:43 comment). Congrats guys, please get in touch to claim your prize!

Durango “Fox and the Hound”

Durango Fox & Hound

Origin : NC
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : NC
Filler : Virginia Cavendish
Binder : NC
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50/cigar via durangocigars.com

We would like to thank Jordan from Durango Cigars for providing a free sampler for this review.

Durango cigars are cigars made with pipe tobacco. This cigar was a “Fox and the Hound” which is, according to the Durango Pipe Tobacco Cigar website, “a light bodied Virginia Cavendish, aged with vanilla beans to offer a creamy, lightly sweet taste and memorable pipe aroma.” The website does not specify origin of tobacco or if other cigar sizes are available. The site implies these are hand rolled with aged tobacco. Opening the bag containing the cigars, I was accosted by the aroma of pipe tobacco, as if I had just opened a jar of pipe tobacco.

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Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills Review & Giveaway

Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills

Today we've got another article from Nikki Glenn, a cigar aficionada from St. Louis and a violinist entertainer for private, corporate and special events worldwide. She loves learning about and smoking cigars as much as possible.

[Scroll down to the bottom of the article for a video review, and to see the cedar spills in action!]

One of the aspects I love best about cigar smoking is that it is an activity that can be supremely sophisticated, or extremely down to earth. Cigars go just as well with blue jeans as they do evening wear, and enhance the look of both. In my mind, the cigar spill is a throwback to another time, when everyone dressed for dinner; using one to light a cigar is, by its very nature, an exercise in elegance and enjoyment.

Cigar Reserve, located in Lake Oswego, Oregon, creates a very unique-looking cedar spill for aficionados. The spills are made from grade A Spanish cedar logs from Portugal, then shipped to North Carolina for cutting to the specified thickness, then cut into the striking saber shape. The spills can also be laser-engraved for customization. According to Cigar Reserve, using their spills is of great benefit to the smoking experience: a soft, clean, butane-free flame, and an increased enhancement of the cigar's flavor.

When I was offered the opportunity to try the cedar spills offered by Cigar Reserve, I had a great deal of misgivings. I'd never actually used one to light a cigar, so I had visions of setting either my hair, my clothes, or my house on fire. (Please understand that I'm so paranoid about fire that when I first got an outdoor fire pit, I only burned teeny, tiny pieces of wood in it because I was afraid of a spark setting the house on fire). So, I decided it would be best to attempt this in the company of others (with a fire extinguisher at the ready in case things went terribly wrong). I also really wanted the opinions of other smokers, to get other perspectives than my own, so I took some to my usual hangout and shared them with a few of the veteran smokers.

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Amazon Contest Winner

Amazon

The winner of the $39 Amazon gift certificate is Adam (22:19 comment). Congrats! Please get in touch to claim your prize.

Long ashes everyone - and stay tuned for more contests in future!

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