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Using Ashes to Determine the Quality of Your Cigar
How do you tell if your cigar is of the highest quality?  Check the ashtray—the ashes left behind can speak volumes about the quality of your cigar.  Here a few simple tips to determining the quality of your cigar. First, note how fast your cigar burns.  A cigar that seems to burn too quickly or disposes ashes that break apart easily is probably a lower quality cigar.  If the ashes seem too [...]
Choosing the Best Ashtray for Cigar Smoking
Is an ashtray just an ashtray?  Unlike regular cigarettes, cigars need their own special space to support their girth and ashes.  Many cigar aficionados swear by the pleasures of finding the proper place to hold their cigars and ashes. So what are the characteristics of a good ashtray?  First of course, make sure the ashtray you buy is big enough to hold your cigars.  Cigars come in varying [...]
How to Blow Smoke Rings with Your Cigar
Do you yearn to blow smoke rings with your cigar like a pro?  Stogie aficionados often speak of the ceremony-like deliberateness of smoking a good cigar.  Blowing smoke rings is the mark of a smoker who enjoys the smooth and relaxing effects of smoking.  But how do you blow a good smoke ring?  Some argue that it cannot be taught—that it will simply come to you with time and practice.  Regardless, [...]
How to Buy Cigars as a Gift
Is there a cigar aficionado on your gift list?  Wondering how to choose a decent cigar for a friend or loved one?  Even if you know nothing about cigars or choosing a good cigar, just learning a few basics can help you sniff out (sometimes literally) a good cigar to give to a friend. Fortunately, cigars have now entered the mainstream.  Once the symbol of the rich and powerful, it's easier than [...]
An Overview of Cigars
Cigars have long been associated with the rich and powerful, with relaxation and rich flavor.  Cigar aficionados have created a culture around the art of smoking, assembling various theories and accessories to debate and facilitate smoking.  Much like wine tasting, cigar smoking has been seen as a diversion of the upper echelons of society. It is believed that cigars were probably first produced [...]
Cigar Smoking Etiquette
Smoking cigars may be a great source of pleasure in your life, but the courteous smoker knows that not everyone enjoys the taste (or smell!) of a good Cuban cigar.  With the fervor of anti-smoking campaigns still in full swing, the importance of enjoying a good stogie while not offending others cannot be stressed enough.  Simply remember that while you are smoking a cigar, it can be difficult to [...]
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