Cigar Tips: Custom Cigar Label

Custom Cigar Label

All cigar lovers appreciate a finely rolled cigar with friends and family, whether it’s their favorite brands or trying something new, there is nothing like enjoying a fine smoke with people you enjoy being around.  And it’s even a better experience when you have your own custom cigar label on your smokes.

You might think that having a custom made cigar label is something only reserved for the most elite cigar smokers or companies with lots of money.  But that’s not the case.  There are a select number of places that will design and print a custom label to your specifications.  The key is in finding a place that will not only do a great job with the label, but will also apply it correctly to a fine cigar.  Here are some tips to help you make a good decision on finding the right custom cigar label provider.

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Cigar Weekly – Blind Cigar Review – Excellent!

Blind Cigar Review

We are very happy to have our cigars reviewed on Cigar Weekly, this time reviewed on their Blind Cigar Review Panel.  Cigar Weekly has a tradition of doing blind reviews of new and/or boutique cigars.  Here are the details of how they do the blind reviews from their site.

How it works: Cigar Weekly members volunteer for the task, and are asked to complete the review by smoking both samples within a two to three week window. They are requested to take copious notes, and then to enter their data into an online form.

The panel reviewed our Passion 550 cigar with no label or marking on it.  Each panelist goes into great detail in analyzing the cigars for their blind cigar review.  Just some of the important things they look at when doing their review is the construction, color, texture, the overall burn, ash and color as well the draw, strength and body of the cigar.  All of this is compiled from all the panelists added up and given an overall score on the performance of the cigar.

The perfect score for the overall rating for any cigar is a 50.

Our Passion cigar scored a total 39.8 out of 50!  Considered to be an Excellent cigar in their books and very nearly an Outstanding cigar.

Here is what the publisher had to say, “So there you have it, Followers and Fans – Blind Review 2016 number 003 is in the books!  And it’s a good one.  Seems like the folks over at Martinez have some very tasty cigars.  Perhaps we’ll be treated to another one later in the year!”

To read the full in depth review click here.

Best Ways to Store Your Cigars

Best Ways to Store Your Cigars

Today we’re going to talk about some of the best ways to store your cigars. Whether your passion for cigars is a new one or you’re a veteran cigar smoker the question always comes up – what is the best place to store my cigar?  We’re going to give you some good tips and recommendations on some of the best ways to store your cigar.

First off, you need to know how long you are going to be storing your cigar.  Are you going on a weekend trip?  Out to the golf course?  Or are you wanting to save a nice box for several months or even years?

Something to keep in mind while we touch on some of the best ways to store you cigar is that cigars originate from tropical places and they preform best in those conditions.  Ideally, you want to keep your cigar in a warm humid environment.  Think warm Dominican beach!  That’s where you want your cigar to be.  Unfortunately, we cannot spend our days on a nice sandy beach, but we can do our best to keep our cigars well hydrated and at the right temperature.

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Cigar tips: how to get your cigar to burn consistently

cigar to burn consistently

Here are a couple of easy to use tips to get your cigar to burn consistently.  We all know there is nothing more frustrating than having an uneven burn to your cigar.  It’s important to have a consistent burn on your cigars to get the maximum flavor and enjoyment out of them.

First you want to make sure that you have chosen a nice fresh cigar, for more details on this please click here. You want your cigar to be fresh with no visible defects.  Next you want to get a nice even cut on the tip of the cigar.  This will help to make it much easier to get a nice even draw.  If the cut is off center or too small you will be drawing more from one side than the other or drawing too hard to get the air through a small hole.   This can cause an uneven burn which will affect the flavor by allowing more of burnt taste to come in with the draw as it gets hotter on one side than the other.

Next you want to make sure the cigar is lit well all the way to the edges.  You want to make sure to hold the lighter or match as close to the center as possible, and not too far underneath or on top.  If you get too far out on the edge it will cause an inconsistent burn on the outside wrapper and will only get worse you as continue to smoke.

Once you got your cigar cut correctly and well-lit, it’s time to set back and enjoy your smoke. Make sure you have a nice even draw each time.  The smoke should roll out easily without much effort.  If it goes out just simply relight it making sure of the steps above.

One of the most important things you can do between the draw is the slightly roll the cigar.  Gently roll the cigar between your thumb and index and middle fingers anywhere from a quarter to a half rotation.  This will ensure your cigar to burn consistently all around.  Heat rises, and if you leave the cigar in the same position the entire time, or for long periods, you will begin to notice a slight uneven burn that will gradually become more pronounced the closer you are to finishing the cigar.  There is no need to roll the cigar continuously while smoking, but something to do between every other one or two draws depending on how fast you are smoking the cigar.  If you are using an ashtray and not holding the cigar, then rotate the cigar just the same in the ashtray between puffs.

Having an uneven burn can cause the cigar to change flavor unexpectedly and taste like ashes.  It can also cause the cigar to get hot in your hand, burn your lips or your palate.  Needless to say, this can make even the best cigars unpleasant.  Using these tips to get your cigar to burn consistently will ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Find the best cigar shop in NYC

Cigars are typically reserved for special occasions (weddings, holidays, raises, promotions), but it doesn’t have to be that way: NYC has plenty of cigar shop options for casual smokers and aficionados alike. Whether you’re a regular at vape shops and smoke shops or you’ve never even set foot in a cigar bar, here are the best shops for stogie-savoring or discovering a new favorite flavor.


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