Top Secret Tobaccos Re-emerge in Drew Estate Cigars

Drew Estate may be on to something with their latest release – Kentucky Fire Cured, an extension of the popular MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs a Ton). This line features ‘fire cured’ tobacco – a very difficult tobacco to blend – that has been around for over 200 years but is not often used in cigar blending. It is the cigar industry’s Top Secret tobacco. Today, it is typically found in pipe and chewing tobacco. The MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured uses these fire-cured leaves in the wrapper as well as limited…

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Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper is #1 Used Wrapper of Today

Today’s latest trend is the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, which has become the most widely used wrapper in the world of cigars, by far. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is a mouthwatering Cuban-seed wrapper grown primarily by the Oliva Tobacco Co. who is considered ‘master growers’ of tobacco. They began growing the once popular Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper leaf in Ecuador, but about 6-7 years ago the Oliva family decided to start growing the Habano wrapper after getting their hands on some Habano seeds from Cuba. Now, 70% of their lands in Ecuador…

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More Women Smoking Cigars – Sexier than Ever

For decades Hollywood has depicted the archetypal cigar smoker as a tough, rugged alpha male with an unconventional lifestyle of crime and punishment. However, out in the ‘real world’ there is a new wave of cigar smokers, women. These ladies of the leaf continue to astonish men with their wild sense of independence and empowerment that compliment their alluring sex appeal. It is no secret that the cigar world is a male dominated fraternity that conjures up manly images of velvet smoking jackets, testosterone-fueled poker games and smoking guns, but…

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Best Free Mobile Apps for Leaf Lovers

I have searched high and low, flipped through thousands of website and apps, and talked to hundreds of cigar smokers to uncover the Ultimate Apps for those who worship the leaf. I have compiled a list of seven ‘must have’ apps that you must download NOW. They are listed in order with number one being my favorite of all. There are plenty of other apps out there but I think the other ones are a waste of time. There are also some apps that you have to pay for, but…

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The craze behind the trendy “Flavored” Cigars

No need to be embarrassed anymore. You are no longer a “girlie man” if you like flavored cigars. Most people equate flavored cigars with the machine made Black & Mild that is sold in virtually every convenience store across the country; therefore, flavored cigars were always frowned upon. That mindset has changed. Ever since Jonathan Drew founded Drew Estate and introduced its Acid line in 1995, smokers have been flocking to the good ol’ flavor stick because they infuse their premium cigars with flavors through oils in a slow, natural aging…

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Smoking it down to the nub

After a frustrating week of work my buddy came over to join me for cigars and scotch in my man cave a couple of nights ago. He surprised me with a guest “newbie”. This young fella was new to the art of cigars and wanted to learn from a pro, so my buddy brought him along. The evening started out great, three guys smoking cigars, drinking 12 year old Macallan scotch and talking about sports, gambling and girls – such is life right? Wrong… I nearly threw the guy out…

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Cigar Ratings are Worthless

Cigar ratings are worthless.  You are probably asking yourself right now, “is this guy nuts? Has he lost his mind?” No, I have not lost my mind, if fact I am here to knock some sense into you. That’s right I said it, those of you who live by ratings and worthless numbers are making a huge mistake. There are so many great cigars today from traditional blends to boutiques, so why should we believe the opinion of one stuffed shirt behind a desk at Cigar Aficionado. We shouldn’t. Has…

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