Cigars 101

How to Age Your Cigars: A Detailed Guide to Get You Started

Aging cigars can be an exciting project to start with. But what is the right way to age your beloved cigars? Here at Cigar Inspector, we took the liberty of...

Published April 2024

Dealing With Nicotine Sickness

Picture this – you’re seated, savoring a fine cigar, lifting it to puff, and suddenly, a wave of light headedness and nausea hits. Your pleasant cigar experience turns sour, and...

Published December 2023

Cigar Buying Etiquettes: How to Choose the Perfect Cigar

Cigars are a timeless indulgence for many individuals, but buying a cigar from a cigar store can be intimidating, especially if you are new to the world of cigars. Fortunately,...

Published December 2023

5 Ways to Cut a Cigar

Almost every handmade cigar comes with a capped head. One of the main reasons for this is to prevent the wrapper and binder unrolling while being transported or stored in...

Published November 2023

5 Ways to Light a Cigar

To smoke you need fire, but not all fire is suitable for a cigar. For a cigar you need a source that is neutral in flavour. So a gasoline lighter,...

Published November 2023

Cigar Wrappers F.A.Q.

Every week, I get at least one question about cigar wrappers. What’s the relationship with the wrapper color and power, is this mold or bloom, where does an Ecuador Connecticut...

Published November 2023

The Cigar Lounge Phenomenon: Why More People Are Turning to Cigars

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily lives in countless ways. One of the more unexpected outcomes has been the change in the way people spend their leisure time. One...

Published November 2023

The Truth About Cigar Sizes for Beginners: Debunking Common Misconceptions

Cigar smoking is an enjoyable and nuanced hobby, but for beginners, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of cigars. One common misconception is that smaller cigars are more...

Published November 2023

The Unsung Cigar Hero: The Cameroon Wrapper!

In a world where aggressive cigar flavors get all the press, it’s easy for mild manners to be overlooked. Perhaps it’s a matter of nice guys finishing last, but more...

Published November 2023

5 Reasons to Smoke Cuban Cigars

Cuban cigars still hold a reputation, they were the first cigars to become popular. Cuba was the largest producer and many brands have a legacy that is not rivalled by...

Published November 2023

Plasencia Cigars: A Tradition of Quality and Excellence

Cigar enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the perfect blend of flavor, aroma, and quality. Plasencia Cigars, a brand that has been around for over 150 years, offers just...

Published November 2023

Arturo Fuente Opus X Band
Best 5 Arturo Fuente Cigars That Won’t Break the Bank

If you’re a cigar enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Arturo Fuente cigars. Known for their exceptional quality and unique flavors, Fuente cigars are highly sought after by cigar aficionados around...

Published November 2023

Here is Why Curing and Fermenting Cigar Tobacco is So Important

Curing and fermentation are two critical processes in the production of cigars that play a significant role in determining the flavour, aroma, and overall quality of the final product. Understanding...

Published October 2023

Cigar Collecting: How to Build and Care for Your Personal Collection

Cigar collecting is a fascinating and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in cigars and the history and culture surrounding them. Whether you’re a seasoned...

Published October 2023

Best 5 Cuban Cigars Under £20 to Buy in 2023

The soaring cost of Cuban cigars has made them a luxury item that only a few can afford. This trend has left many cigar enthusiasts feeling left out and searching...

Published October 2023

7 Reasons Why Premium Cigars Are Good for You

Premium cigars have been enjoyed for centuries for their unique flavor and aroma. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the potential health benefits of premium cigars....

Published October 2023

Why La Casa Del Habano Knutsford is a Must-Visit for Cigar Aficionados

I recently found myself back at La Casa Del Habano in Knutsford, and let me tell you, the second visit was every bit as satisfying as the first. My initial trek...

Published September 2023

The 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...

Published May 2022

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,...

Published May 2022

Cigar Flavors Wheel : Main Cigar Flavor Components

There are several core cigar flavor components used to describe flavors one can taste while enjoying a cigar (see my other article called How to taste a cigar). Most of...

Published April 2022

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor
Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Chris asks: I recently started smoking cigars and I feel it’s time to buy my first humidor. Which one should I choose? At some point fairly early on in your...

Published March 2022

Domestic Cigars Size Chart

The Domestic cigar market uses standard measurements: inches for length and ring gauge for width. Ring gauge is measured in 1/64 of an inch. Therefore if a cigar has a...

Published February 2022

Cigar Finish: The Untold Story

The ghost of cigars past. Cigar smoking is great. We cigar smokers understand that its levels of enjoyment are many in number and deep in substance. We often talk about...

Published February 2022

How Far Down Should You Smoke a Cigar?

I just received the following question from a reader: “How far should one smoke a cigar? Down to the band? Or, until you need to be hospitalized for 3rd degree...

Published February 2022

Beyond Vanilla: Cigar Suggestions for the Lady Smoker

Today we’ve got another guest post from Nikki Glenn, a cigar aficionada from St. Louis and a violinist entertainer for private, corporate and special events worldwide. She loves learning about...

Published February 2022

Tobacco primings guide
An Introduction to Tobacco Plant Primings

One of the more confusing topics in cigars concerns the classification of tobacco primings. Not a lot of cigar smokers are able to talk in-depth about the leaves on a...

Published February 2022

Cuban Cigar Size Chart (and poster)

A lot of aficionados are confused when it comes to different Cuban cigar sizes, so I decided to post the “official” chart. The sizes listed below were pulled from the...

Published January 2022

How to Smoke a Cigar Without Going Up In Smoke

We get a lot of questions from cigar aficionados who are just starting out. This is why I wrote this comprehensive guide for newbies planning to learn how to smoke...

Published November 2021

Cigar Storage: Optimal Temperature and Humidity

If you’re an avid cigar smoker, even as a novice, chances are good by now you’ve had a few bad stogies that weren’t stored properly at the optimal temperature and...

Published October 2021

Free Cigar Tasting Sheet

We’ve been asked quite a few times about the best ways to keep track of the cigars you smoke. Some aficionados simply use a paper pad, others prefer storing their...

Published October 2021

What are the Little White Dots on my Cigar’s Ash?

Question from Peter: Smoking Cohiba Siglo IV and 2 out of 8 smokes had these white little granules appear from the ember of the foot and into the ash. Thus,...

Published October 2021

The Bands : the Whole Colour of Tobacco

I was recently contacted by Luca Cominelli, editor of an Italian magazine about cigars, CigarsLover. They are at their 6th issue now and the current issue has been translated into...

Published October 2021

7 Cigar Myths Debunked (or not…) [infographic]

Today we would like to show you some of the most common cigar myths in the form of an infographic (click for a larger version). We hope you enjoy it,...

Published October 2021

What is a Candela wrapper?

What is a Candela wrapper? Often cigar smokers, especially new smokers, have no idea what Candela is. They see a green wrapper and look at it as something weird. A...

Published August 2021