Cigar Pairing with a Manhattan

Cigar Pairing

With summer officially upon us it’s time to find a nice cigar pairing for a refreshing summer drink.  Many summer cocktails can be a little too sweet and others can have too much citrus or are heavily carbonated.  While a nice glass of red wine or a cold beer are often good choices to go with your cigar, it’s nice to have a go to cocktail for the summer months.  One tried and true specialty drink that is great all year round, but especially nice in the summer, is the classic Manhattan.

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Cigar Pairing with Coffee

Cigar Pairing

Coffee is one of the most versatile cigar pairing around.  You can have it hot or cold, sweet or bitter, dark or light and that’s before you even consider all of the complexities of different roasts and blends.  In many ways coffee is just a complex and interesting as a quality cigar.

Have a drink to compliment your cigar is as natural as having good company to share a cigar with.  The right cigar pairing though can make for a truly wonderful experience no matter where you are or who you’re with.  Pairing a cigar with coffee for some is an obvious choice and for others it’s simply over looked.  Perhaps you only have coffee in the morning and don’t think about it in the evening with your after dinner cigar.  If you haven’t tried coffee with a cigar –it’s certainly worth it and if you have perhaps we can offer a few new ways to enjoy both of these simple pleasures of life.

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How to Age a Cigar

How to Age a Cigar

Often times people will ask how to age a cigar and even if it’s necessary.  Cigars are just like an aged scotch or wine – they simply get better over time.  Fortunately for the cigar enthusiasts you don’t have to wait years on end to get a nice aged cigar.  Here are few tips on how to get a nice aged cigar.

Why do cigars get better with age?

Many, but not all, premium brands of cigars are made with aged tobacco which is great – you already have a head start on the aging process.  Most cigars are blends of different tobaccos and that is what gives them their unique flavors.  Allowing the cigars to age even a month or two after purchasing them gives more time for the flavors of the different tobaccos to blend together creating deeper and richer flavors – even in mild cigars.  Think of it as a good marinade or slow cooked meat, the longer the flavors are together in the right conditions the better they get.  You can think of your humidor as a slower cooker that adds flavor and complexities to your cigar.

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Cigars and Cellophane Wrappers

Cigars and Cellophane Wrappers

Is it necessary to store your cigars with the cellophane wrapper on them?  What purpose does the cellophane wrapper have?  How long should it stay on?  These are common questions that come up for not only the novice smoker but also for the most experienced smoker.  As with all things, there is no right or wrong answer, but depending on what you are looking to achieve there might be some better ways to do things than you’re currently doing them.  So we’re going to explore of few here.

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Do you have to toast your cigar?

toast your cigar

To toast or not to toast – that is the question.  Whether or not to toast your cigar before lighting is a common question among cigars smokers.  One you probably asked yourself a few times when you first started smoking cigars.  Even though there is no hard and fast rule, the consensus is yes – it is the best practice to toast your cigar before lighting it.  Toasting your cigar before lighting does a couple of things to help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your cigar, see below for some helpful tips and reasons to toast your cigar.

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