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Mar 18

Truth In Advertising, In Our Beloved Cigar Industry

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Informational

Untitled-1The cigar industry as a whole is a benevolent, trustworthy, straightforward passionate lot. Filled with astounding personalities, deep generational ties, immense amounts of pride and fantastic work ethic. All working in tandem to produce some of the most enjoyable and coveted product on the planet to the most diverse range of consumers possible.

So when something shady starts happening and is allowed to creep in the back door, kept under the rug, growing by the year – it’s especially important to snuff it out. That’s what’s going on right now and for the last few years (at least) with the practice of certain retailers rebanding non-genuine manufacturer-made cigars. Cigars that are made using non-manufacturer tobacco, made at non-manufacturer facilities with a non-manufacturer blend – yet sold and labeled as genuine manufacturer goods. If you buy a Ford Mustang you expect a Ford engine, not a Chinese no-name. Yet that’s exactly what you get with a variety of branded cigars at some places right now.

This issue came to light and a head recently when one such occurrence was made so incredibly poorly, consumers opened up cigars purchased to discover the atrocious fillers inside, rather than what they were advertised and sold. Yet it had been going on for quite some time under the radar, just not bad enough to ring the alarm bells. Also to be clear, I have no problem whatsoever with anything being reblended or produced elsewhere AS LONG AS that information is clearly advertised. THAT is the crux of this entire issue. The lies to the consumer!

The point of this post is not to (more…)

Mar 13

CigarsDirect.com is looking for College Basketball fans and Cigar Aficionados

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 in Informational

Sportsfan_Hompage_2015_FinalCigarsDirect.com is once again hosting a free contest to get in on some WICKED cool prizes worth thousands of dollars! Get your brackets in and good luck! (more…)

Mar 4

Brown Safe Introduces The CigarSafe

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Informational

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The special-edition Cigar Safe features a custom sealed Spanish cedar interior for storing and aging cigars, in addition to state of the art security features Brown Safe is known for. The Cigar Safe is a celebration of everything the modern man cherishes….and often wants to keep to himself. Ballistic steel, fire cladding, anti-drive, and triple redundant relockers come standard, and complement the carbon fiber accents and integrated Thermo/Hygrometer from esteemed maritime instrument maker Wempe Chronometerwerke Maritim. Depending on features, price for the new special edition Man Safe ranges from (more…)

Feb 13

How To Retrohale A Cigar For More Flavors

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 in Informational

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David Blanco of Blanco Cigars runs cigar tours down at his facilities in Nicaragua and Honduras. Part of that experience is a series of classes and one part that I thought would be helpful to everyone is his presentation on how to retrohale, for anyone that has never tried it or had difficulty physically getting it right! (more…)

Feb 11

How To Ship Cigars Safely

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Informational

Untitled-1I get this question frequently and have answered it many times but another reminder can’t hurt. It doesn’t take much but here are some do’s and don’ts for getting your cigars to the destination safely! (more…)

Jan 31

How To Clean Your Cigar Cutter

Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Informational

Untitled-1I had a request for this vid so here you go! This is how I clean mine and I give tips on how to clean others plus what not to do. (more…)

Jan 9

Short Promo Film For Frank Correnti Cigars By Notion Boulevard

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Informational

Untitled-1Zak from Notion Boulevard up in Canada sent in this cool promo film they just finished on Canada’s only Cigar Manufacturer and I thought it was really neat so I’m sharing it with all of you! (more…)

Oct 31

Press Release: Cigar Rolling Services Contest

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 in Informational

instagram_ad1Cigar Rolling and Hookah Catering Company, Cigar Stud, is pleased to announce their first giveaway contest taking place from October 1st through November 15. For the first time ever, Cigar Stud is making their professional cigar rolling and hookah catering services a giveaway.

The 2-Hour Cigar Rolling/Hookah Catering Services is sure to be a prized item among cigar aficionados. With 50 premium boutique cigars, an attentive host, unlimited cedar spills and match boxes, and “Level 9” rollers, it’s the ultimate gift for all cigar fans. The grand prize winner can alternatively choose the 2-hour Hookah services which comes with a host, premium Starbuzz tobacco in three flavors, 3 Hookahs, and professional packing and tending. The runner-up will receive a bundle of 50 cigars with personalized labels with the event information.

Fans interested in winning the Cigar Stud services are first asked to take a photo of their favorite lit cigar. Contestants can then enter via Facebook. After logging into Facebook, they can click the tab “Contest” on the Official Cigar Stud Facebook page. A simple form is required to enter, and then fans submit their “#LightUpWithCigarStud” photo. Contestants can also enter via Instagram, or Twitter tagging their picture with #LightUpWithCigarStud. The entry with the most Facebook likes will win. Contestants must be 18 years or older and must clearly display a lit cigar. Photos submitted for the contest and will automatically show on the Facebook Gallery section of the contest tab. Cigar Stud will select two winners on November 17, 2014. The winners will be announced (more…)

Jul 19

Feedback Wanted On Aged Cigars

Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Informational

Since most of the aged stash I sent out to you guys a few weeks ago were one off’s, I never had the opportunity to try them in the aged state. I have a selection here that I kept, and will get to sometime but for the most part everything was a mystery to me (and others). It would be really cool if you guys that got it all could post here with your thoughts and comments as you smoke the various sticks to let us know what you thought and see what blends are more worth aging than others. There’s absolutely no way to tell what will happen to a cigar over that time, so you all are the testers for everyone else!

Especially for those few that said they had fresh versions of what they got, it would be very interesting to see a comparison. Thanks and I’m sure everyone else would really be interested in your thoughts as well!

Jul 12

Prometheus Triple T Table Torch Failure Teardown

Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Informational

20130927ptt0005-EditI talked to LightersDirect.com who is sending a replacement lighter, no worries there of course. So I thought I might as well tear it down, take a look inside and see if I can confirm my thoughts on what failed. Hey, might as well show you guys too! (more…)