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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 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…)

Jul 6

Money Saving Cigar Humidification Tips

Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Informational

Untitled-1I’ve talked about and reviewed in depth, pretty much every humidification option. What I haven’t talked about are some tips on saving big bucks on some options. So here’s where I show you! (more…)

Jul 5

Is It Mold?

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Informational

Yes, yes it is. Remember when I mentioned (a few times) that I prefer to bring my own cigars to a lounge to smoke? Well here’s another great example of why. I met with a manufacturer and buddy today at a shop that will remain anonymous to protect the guilty. It took me, no joke, 15 minutes to find something I wanted, that WASN’T moldy. Literally hundreds of open boxes just like this in the humidor. About 1/2 the inventory. There isn’t even a remote possibility they are unaware. If it were just a few cigars or a box or two in the place, I can see just not noticing it. But this is hundreds of thousands of inventory, at least. That leaves two possibilities. They don’t care, or they are passing it off as normal.

Jul 2

Is It Plume?

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Informational


I have seen this asked for what seems an eternity on the internet and nine times out of ten someone is showing an oldie & moldie, not plume. Or bloom, as you prefer to call it.

What the heck am I talking about you might ask? I’m talking about the VERY rare occurrence of the crystallized oils coming out of a cigar after MANY years of proper storage. Like many. Like more than any shop is going to keep anything unless it falls behind a rack accidentally. For a decade. What commonly happens unfortunately though, is some lame-ass shop keeper or know-it-nothing employee passes off completely ruined moldy inventory to unsuspecting and trusting customers as something to be desired or pay more for.

In preparing to sell some of my long term aged stuff ( I wasn’t kidding about the age), I figured I would make this post and show you all what plume REALLY looks like. In short, (more…)

Apr 27

Boveda Pack Deconstruction & Recharging Questions

Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Informational

20101214bovida0004-EditI felt like indulging my curiosities more so I opened up a new and used Boveda pack to see what makes them tick and talk about recharging… (more…)

Apr 25

How I Maintain My Humidity Beads

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Informational

20090314_cigar_0003I’m tired of the fear mongering I see passed around all the time about how to recharge your beads. I have been doing this for the past 5+ years straight. Some people love to tell you about what ‘might’ or ‘can’ happen. I tell you what did. It works great, ’nuff said. Feel free to disagree or do your own thing. I just want to dispel myths and show you what works. (more…)

Apr 15

How To Take A Great Cigar Photo With Your Phone

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Informational


I’m waging war against poor cellphone photos! Too often we are bombarded by blurry or out of focus photos all over the internet by cigar lovers that just haven’t been taught a couple important points about how to use the camera function of their phone. So here’s a real fast easy tutorial that will dramatically help your photo quality and hopefully quell the onslaught of crappy pictures we have to see! :) (more…)

Feb 26

Padron 1964 Dissection…With Surprises…

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Informational

Untitled-1To go along with the latest fake Cuban cigar dissection, I thought I should show you the cream of the crop, so you can have a benchmark to clearly see the differences! And well, it goes a little sideways from there…

EDIT: Padron responded, read below in the comments… (more…)

Feb 26

Another Fake Cuban Cigar Dissection PSA

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Informational

Untitled-1The donor knows for sure there are NO hard feelings so this is NOT meant in any other light than education and curiosity.

There are probably far more fakes than real Cubans out there, and it’s always a crap shoot what you will find in a fake. They range from totally normal less expensive premium cigars, to utter garbage literally broomed off the floor with contaminates. I would bet most fall in between, at least most I hav taken apart do. Let’s find out what’s in this latest example shall we?! (more…)

Feb 19

How To Taste The Most Flavors In A Cigar

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Informational

ipw0061Following up to the poll I did last week where many of you gave me your feedback answering to one of four questions about how you experience flavors in a cigar, here are my best tips and tricks for getting the most flavors possible out of a cigar. The results were a little surprising to me, with 9% of respondents saying they taste zero flavors in a cigar. If I can help just one person start to open their world by experiencing at least some flavors, well then mission accomplished. This is expanding a bit on the tips I gave in my How To Smoke A Cigar video (which incidentally turned in to the most popular video on the subject in the WORLD) which was geared towards everyone especially new smokers. This is for those that have been smoking for a while to help them change the experience for the better. As always, everything is just my opinion, but based on a LOT of experience. Enjoy! (more…)

Dec 24

Fake Cuban Dissection & Merry Christmas!

Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Informational

Fake Cuban Dissection & Merry Christmas!

Just in case I don’t get a review up tomorrow or YouTube goes on the fritz again I’ll say Merry Christmas now! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and gets to unwind at least a little bit, perhaps with a good cigar at some point :) We’re in the middle of cooking a ham dinner then I’m baking cookies to take to our next door neighbor and that’s about it. I’ll be enjoying some movies and taking some time off from real work :)

I was given a very nice gift today by a client, a ‘Cuban Cohiba’. I get these all the time and am ALWAYS very appreciative, it’s the thought that counts! I have shown you some of these in the past as well but it never hurts to spread the word about them and try to save people some hard earned money! It’s always a crap shoot opening these guys up to see what’s inside…I wonder how this one will fare? (more…)