Cigar Shapes and Sizes

Understanding the design of a cigar Cigars come in many shapes, sizes and colors, which can be overwhelming when first starting out. Every shape, size and color of a cigar has its own unique name. In this article, we’ll help to clarify what it all means, how they differ, and what to expect from each one. Sit back, light up, …

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Avallo Accumonitor Cigar Humidifier Review

Product: Avallo Accumonitor 20/40 with optional fan timer Manufacturer: Avallo Humidors MSRP: $399.99 (plus $50.00 for optional fan timer) As like every other member of CigarPass, my cigar collection continues to grow.  Storing so many cigars can be challenging, and maintaining multiple coolidors takes up a lot of space.  I decided it was time to upgrade from my current Antique Tower (3,000 count, …

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Quality Importers 5000 Cabinet Cigar Humidor Review

The Commercial 5000 Humidor is an excellent cabinet style humidor for anyone needing extra storage.  The number of cigars in my “collection” continues to grow, and after having filled a 3,000 count tower and 5 coolers, I decided it was time to rid myself of the bulky (yet very reliable) coolidors. I purchased the QI Antique Tower several  years ago, …

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Gurkha Silver Cigar Ashtray

Cigar ashtrays are one accessory I like to collect, and I’m fortunate enough to be able to add the new (not yet released) Gurkha silver cigar ashtray to my collection.  This ashtray is large enough for most herfs, let alone an individual cigar smoker. The ashtray is approximately 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep.  It sits on top …

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Build a Coolidor

Cigar 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. Advantages of building a humidor from a cooler: Holds humidity very well as the …

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Seasoning a new 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… Assuming you just purchased a new desktop humidor, you’re going to want to wait before putting any cigars in it until it has …

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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. Example: [POS] Manufacturer [MAR] Month of Production [07] Year of Production Bolivar Belicosos Finos Box 25 POS DIC 06 Bolivar …

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How to store your 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 …

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Comprehensive list of cigar terms

Below is a list of common cigar terms and abbreviations. If we missed anything, please let us know and we’ll add it. Aficionado– Cigar smoker afflicted with delusions of grandeur. Amarillo– A yellow wrapper leaf grown under shade. American Market Selection– Abbreviated AMS, a seldom-used term created by the major importer of Cuban cigars in the 1950s to designate claro-colored wrappers. …

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Learn 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 …

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