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5 Ways to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar

Cuban cigars, known for their exceptional quality, exquisite smooth taste and solid reputation, are highly replicated around the world. In fact, fake Cuban cigars have made their way onto the market, fooling cigar aficionados around the world. Thankfully, before you fall into the trap and have an unpleasant smoking experience from a replica, there are […]

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A Guide to Montecristo Cigars

Within the world of premium cigars, few brands come with the reputation and admiration that’s associated with a Montecristo cigar. From its humble beginnings in Cuba to its global recognition as a symbol of luxury and refinement, the Montecristo cigar epitomises sophistication and indulgence. But with a diverse array of flavours, sizes and blends, knowing […]

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How to store and maintain the best humidity for your Cuban cigars

When it comes to indulging in the world of cigars, few experiences rival the luxury and prestige of enjoying a fine Cuban cigar. Renowned for their rich flavours, intricate blends, and exquisite craftsmanship, Cuban cigars are a symbol of sophistication and taste. However, to fully appreciate their complexity and maintain their quality, it’s essential to […]

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Cuban Cigars vs Dominican Cigars – Key Similarities and Differences

In the realm of classic, premium cigars, both Cuban and Dominican cigars stand in the spotlight. Each boasts a legacy steeped in tradition and craftsmanship, yet they embody distinct characteristics that set them apart. This blog will delve into the key similarities and differences between the two and act as a guide on how they […]

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How to put out a cigar?

After you have relaxed over a smoke of your favourite cigar, it is time to stop and extinguish it properly. Your initial thought might be to treat your burnt-out cigar like a cigarette but this is not the right way to approach it. Simply stubbing out cigars releases a very unpleasant smell and it ends […]

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5 things every cigar smoker should know

The world of cigar smoking can be very complicated. From facing endless options of cigar brands, styles and flavours, to the etiquette of cigar smoking, there is a lot for first-time cigar smokers to understand. Cigar Club have created this guide to help you get comfortable with the cigar-smoking lifestyle.  1. Cutting and lighting techniques  […]

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New World Cigars – The Best Non Cuban Cigars

Smoking a cigar is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and today there couldn’t be more flavour options to choose from. While the traditional Cuban cigar has long been every cigar enthusiast’s favourite, offering earthiness, richness and a unique spiciness, new world cigars have gained popularity for diverse blends, fermentation techniques and ageing processes. […]

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The Best Cigar Accessories You Need in 2024 – Cigar Kits & Gifts

Elevate a cigar-enthusiasts ritual with the latest and greatest cigar gift sets and accessories that not only serve a functional purpose but also exude style and innovation. From state-of-the-art humidors preserving the essence of your cigars to precision cigar cutters and stylish lighters, the best cigar accessories of 2024 promise a fusion of technology and […]

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Cigar review: Montecristo Puritos

Cigars have long been associated with luxury and sophistication, offering enthusiasts a moment of relaxation and indulgence. Among the myriad of cigar brands available, Montecristo has earned a reputation for crafting exceptional cigars. In this review, we’ll explore the Montecristo Puritos, a smaller-sized cigar that encapsulates the essence of Montecristo’s excellence. From its history to […]

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Cigar Review: Villiger Premium No. 7

Cigars have long been a symbol of relaxation and luxury. The art of cigar smoking, with its deep-rooted traditions and rich history, continues to captivate enthusiasts worldwide. One cigar that has gained fame in the market is the Villiger Premium No. 7. In this blog, we will embark on a journey through the world of […]

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How to age your cigar?

Ageing cigars is an art that enhances their flavours and complexities, turning them into prized treasures for cigar enthusiasts. Properly ageing cigars involves careful storage and patience, allowing the tobacco to mature gracefully over time. By following essential guidelines – such as using a humidor with controlled humidity, avoiding temperature fluctuations, and selecting suitable cigars […]

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Rehydrating Cigars: How to Redydate a Cigar

Encountering a dry cigar is an undeniably disappointing experience for cigar enthusiasts. However, worry not, as there are many effective methods to rehydrate these beloved tobacco delights. With our simple yet crucial steps, cigar aficionados can revitalise their dried-out stogies and restore them to their former glory. Whether employing a rehydration pack, using a humidor, […]

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Why does my cigar taste burnt or bitter?

The allure of a fine cigar can be compromised when bitterness or burnt flavours emerge. Understanding the causes behind these undesirable taste sensations is essential for an optimal smoking experience. Delve into why your cigar might taste bitter or burnt and uncover the tips and tricks to savour every puff. What causes bitter or burnt […]

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Can you relight a cigar?

Reviving a cigar’s smoulder requires finesse and patience. Discover the art of rekindling your cigar’s flavorful essence as we explore the delicate process of relighting, ensuring an experience that embodies the true essence of enjoyment and relaxation. How to properly relight a cigar Whether you’re interrupted or taking a break, understanding the process is essential […]

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How to tell if a cigar has gone bad

Cigars, unlike perishable food items, don’t have a strict expiration date. However, they can degrade over time if not stored properly. Proper storage conditions, such as humidity and temperature, play a significant role in maintaining the quality of cigars and preventing them from going bad. We reveal how to know when your cigar has gone […]

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Common cigar burning problems & how to fix them

Whether you’re a seasoned cigar smoker or just a newbie, cigar burn issues happen to the best of us. Be it canoeing, tunnelling, spitting or more, cigar burns are deeply frustrating and ultimately affect the smoking experience. While they’re a common problem, they can still be remedied. Take a look at the most common cigar […]

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Cigar Producing Countries & Regions Explained

Whilst cigar tobacco was originally grown and used throughout the Americas, as people have migrated, so have the seeds, meaning we can experience different cigars and flavours from a variety of regions.  What are cigar tobacco growing regions? Cigar tobacco can’t just be grown anywhere, a lot of stars need to align in order to […]

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How can you fix a plugged cigar?

Taking the time to relax and enjoy your cigar is something many of us look forward to all day. So, there’s nothing worse than finding that your cigar is ‘plugged’ and difficult to smoke. Thankfully, this is a rare occurrence but when it does happen, it can be frustrating. We reveal how to fix a […]

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The top 5 cigars for beginners

If you’re just dipping your toe into the world of cigars, you’ve likely asked the question: “what cigar should I try first?” Whilst a lot depends on your personal preference, we’ve got some great tips and recommendations for those looking to smoke their very first cigar. After all, you don’t want to smoke the wrong […]

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A complete guide to cigar shapes and sizes

With so many cigar shapes and sizes available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is for you, especially as a beginner. Even seasoned cigar aficionados may just stick to their tried and true favourite cigar, without exploring what else is on offer. Below we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on cigar shapes and […]

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What’s the difference between machine-made cigars & hand-rolled cigars?

If you’re new to cigars or consider yourself somewhat of a connoisseur, there are still certain nuances that you may not realise impact the smoking experience. One of these differences is whether a cigar is machine-made or hand-rolled. In fact, one of the easiest ways to distinguish the quality of a cigar is whether it’s […]

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What is a cigar ring gauge & what does it mean?

The width or thickness of a cigar is determined by a ring gauge and there’s a huge variety of different diameters available. The most popular cigar width changes from thin cigars to the thicker classic ‘Churchill’ style cigars. But how do you determine the diameter? That’s where cigar ring gauges come in.  What is a […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Cigar Body, Strength & Flavour

Cigars can vary in body, strength and flavour, and it can be hard to know which is right for you. Whether you’re a seasoned cigar smoker or a beginner, knowing the difference in strength and body of cigars will help you find the type that you enjoy most. What is the difference between cigar strength […]

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Cigar flavours and tasting notes: a complete guide

Smoking a cigar is a flavourful experience, but how do you ensure you get the most flavour impact from your smoking session? We’ve put together a complete guide on how to taste a cigar properly.  Cigar flavours range from sweet and nutty to spicy and earthy. Many different flavoured cigar combinations compliment each other, for […]

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What are the best types of cigar lighters?

Choosing your cigar lighter is almost as important as choosing your cigar. For a high-quality smoking experience, you’ll need a reliable lighter that’ll spark when required and burn the cigar evenly. But with so many different types of lighters on offer, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you.  Here at […]

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Different Types of Cigar Cutter and How to Use Them

For a premium cigar smoking experience, cutting your cigar correctly is crucial. Virtually every premium cigar on the market is capped on the smoking end in order to keep the tobacco tightly compressed and wrapped until you’re ready to smoke it. Cutting a cigar is a skill any enthusiast needs, as making a cut in […]

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Top 5 Most Famous Cigar Smokers in History

Cigar smoking has long been associated with sophistication, glamour and power, so it’s no surprise that some of the most famous, and infamous, figures in history and popular culture have enjoyed a quality cigar. We’ve put together a list of our favourite celebrity cigar lovers, along with their cigar preferences, so that you can light […]

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