Here you'll find cigar how to's, information, guides and more.
How to review a cigar
Cigars, to many, provide a great deal of pleasure and relaxation. Cigar smokers don't smoke because they have to, they smoke because they want to experience all that a cigar can offer. Aside from relaxing with your cigar, it's also fun to take notes and review a cigar once in a while. Whenever I smoke a cigar, I always make sure I have plenty of time to actually smoke the entire stick, and also be able to think about what I'm tasting. A developed palate will allow most cigar smokers to pull out various flavors throughout their smoke, including cocoa, spice, pepper, coffee, anise, etc.
How to calibrate a cigar hygrometer
To ensure that your cigars are being stored at the correct environment, use this guide to calibrate your cigar hygrometer. It’s always a good idea to check the accuracy of your hygrometer. You can use the Salt Test method on both digital and analog hygrometers. Most hygrometers today can either be adjusted or calibrated to an accurate reading. The salt test method won’t fail you, and it’s very easy to do.
Cigar Herf Explained
You’re probably wondering what is a herf? Its roots of the term herf are still uncertain, however the word was coined back in the mid 90′s by members of a cigar newsgroup (before cigar forums).
How to smoke a cigar
Learning how to smoke a cigar properly will add to the enjoyment of the hobby, and allow you to fully appreciate cigars. Most people smoke cigars for the pleasure and relaxation effects they offer, not for a nicotine fix. Smoking a cigar, to some, is a ritual. The one thing to remember is only enjoy a cigar when you have the time to enjoy it, not just smoke it. Much like fine wines and scotches, cigars offer many characteristics to appreciate.
An extensive list of cigar terms and definitions.
Ways to properly store cigars
Cigars, like any other consumable item requires proper storage and maintenance, otherwise they will quickly go bad. Unless you plan on smoking your newly purchased cigars within a day or so, you will need to store them in what’s called a humidor. Humidors come in all sizes, from very small (only able to store 5 or so cigars) to very large cabinet size humidors (which can store up to 5,000 cigars).
Cuban Cigar Box Codes
A list of Cuban cigar box codes. Most box codes can be found on the bottom side of the cigar box, and are stamped with a code. Use the below reference guide to find out what your box codes mean.
How to season a cigar humidor
Season a humidor correctly the first time to ensure proper setup and operation. A common question asked among new cigar smokers is “How do you season a humidor?“. Here’s a quick guide that should answer most questions…
How to build a coolidor
Building a humidor does not have to be difficult; it’s actually quite simple. All it takes is about 30 min and $50 in materials (possibly even less). Humidors built from a cooler have many advantages, and will in many cases out perform any standard cigar humidor.