10 responses

  1. Ryan
    August 8, 2014

    It just wanted to tell you thanks and great job. I have been smoking for years and have recently had a close friend take up the hobby. This site will help him get started and everything is well put together. I have learned a lot from reading and I have referred my herfing buddies to your site as well.


  2. Annie
    August 31, 2014

    Thank you taking the time to write cigar 101. Very beneficial for a newbie.


  3. Tim Ellis
    October 11, 2014

    Thanks, helpful information.


  4. Neto California
    January 1, 2015

    Think for this complete information for a cigar newbie. It’s really helpfull !!!


  5. Drew
    January 10, 2015

    This is a fantastic resource. I’ve been looking for a good roll up of cigar smoking tips to share with newbies, and this is it! I’ll be sure to share.

    Forgive my ignorance, but is there a difference in “burn rate” between the various cigar qualities? Meaning, does a lower quality cigar “burn” faster or slower than a high quality stick?


  6. Ken
    January 28, 2015

    Good instruction, however as a cigar user of many years I have found it is quite easy to overheat the foot in lighting when using one of the more recently available butane ‘torch’ lighters. This because the flame can easily overheat the end of the cigar being lit leaving it heavily carbonized, effecting the draw of the cigar and often also its burn. I would suggest matches [after the head has burnt off] or the more gentle flame butane gas lighters. Lighting your cigar is all a part of the ritual and enjoyment. I have found the method of lighting while the cigar is supported and lightly held by the lips, very gently drawing and turning the cigar, with the non lighting hand, to serve me well. Perhaps I am an oddity but I do find many of the larger cigars [Churchill or double corona sizes for instance] take much longer than an hour to enjoy, and I cannot ever remember any ever going out while I smoked them!


  7. Mark Lewis
    February 4, 2015

    Excellent website and advice but in 2015 is outmoded sexism really needed? – see “Penthouse” model video above


  8. Dan Verna
    July 8, 2015

    RE: Mark Lewis comment “How to smoke a cigar with Aria Giovanni.
    Mr Lewis REALLY Get a life!!!


  9. Matuka
    January 21, 2016

    Yes, great guide and tips… I’m a beginning cigar aficionado, started in 2015. Now it’s 2016 beginning. Love the hobby, got a little/medium desktop humy humidor set up with Boveda pax (packs). Boveduh.

    I just cant wait to get some Butane Blue-Flame torches, I ordered many torches from a website. many cheap ones and one more expensive one. They are the best for cigar lighting. Basic colt lighter is OK but the cigar tends to go off, stop burning. Needs touch ups/relights often. Torch for cigars, and a yellow flame for cigarettes, I think.


  10. Nitecrawler
    August 25, 2016

    Simple basic info to get one their first enjoyable experience. I wish someone would have taught me to avoid the rookie mistakes.


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