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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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The Top 5 Most Famous Cigar Smokers

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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Drinks and Cigars: The Ultimate Cigar Pairing Guide

Like finding the perfect wine for your steak or fish, you can enhance your cigar smoking experience by pairing it with a fitting drink. One of the main reasons people smoke cigars is for relaxation, so it stands to reason that pairing your cigar with a complimentary beverage can heighten that experience. Cigars come in […]

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How to use a Cigar Humidor

A cigar humidor is a box or any kind of container in which the humidity level is controlled in order to create the ideal environment for storing cigars or tobacco. In this simple guide, we tell you everything you need to know about using a humidor to keep your cigars in prime condition. What is […]

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How to Use a Cigar Cutter

Whether you’re new to cigars or a well-seasoned expert, preparing a cigar is all part of the ritual. Most cigars come with a closed or capped end that needs to be removed before smoking, this ensures there is enough airflow for the smoke to travel through the cigar. To guarantee a great smoke you should […]

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How to Smoke a Cigar

Not everyone knows how to smoke a cigar and, unless you’ve had a bit of practice and know what you’re doing, smoking one can be daunting. At first it can seem like a pretty straightforward task and it is easy to assume that it’s simply a case of lighting one end and using the other […]

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The Cigar Accessories You Need in 2021

There are a multitude of cigar accessories that can make smoking your next cigar more enjoyable, such as humidors, cutters, cigar cases, lighters, ashtrays and air purifiers. Some of these are essential whereas others would make for a nice gift for yourself or a loved one. Read on to check out our six best cigar […]

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What is a Cuban Cigar & What are the Different Types?

Cuban cigars are world renowned as the very best cigars that money can buy. They are made from premium quality materials and exemplary care and attention goes into the making of each and every one. Why should I choose Cuban cigars? Genuine Havana cigars are made following a ritual that has not altered over the […]

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What are the best cigars for special occasions?

Cigars have a long held tradition of marking extraordinary occasions. From the newly married to the newly born, family reunions or sheer good fortune, sharing a cigar for an hour to two gives a moment to pause, reflect and appreciate with those you love. So which cigar should you choose to do these landmark events […]

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How Do Cigar Humidors Work?

Have you recently discovered cigars? Perhaps you’ve come across the phrase ‘humidor’ and are keen to learn more? Maybe you already know a humidor is used to store cigars but are keen to find out more information? If so, read on. A humidor can make an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one, and […]

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