3 Cigars That I’d Gladly Pay $30 For

If you were to ask 100 random cigar enthusiasts the maximum they would spend for a single cigar purchase, most likely you'd get a wide array of responses.  A ceiling seems to exist that, even if unspoken, forces most folks to remain inside their comfort zone. I've...

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Do You Want to Build a Palate?

One of the most common questions cigar smokers ask is, "how do I develop my palate?" If you're wondering, you're in luck! There are a ton of things you can do to improve your flavor experiences with cigars. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to improve the...

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Top 7 Cigars for $7 or Less

It's the time of year that every cigar enthusiast looks forward to: the announcements of the best cigars of the year.  While we work on photographs and what-not for our Top 10 of 2016, here's our Top 7 Cigars of 2016 for $7 or less. The Rules: Cigars must have been...

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How to Cut a Chisel Tip Cigar

When I first acquired a chisel tip cigar, I cut it with a cutter and was immediately told of a better way by the folks in the CigarNoise app. In this video, we show you two methods to cutting a cigar with a chisel tip as well as give you a brief overview of the chisel...

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Top 10 Cigars of 2016 – Cigar Awards

Official Top 10 Cigars of 2016 VIDEO Top 10 Cigars of 2016 - Rules Must be available in the Continental United States Must have been released in 2016 New vitolas in 2016 are included Limited Editions and Store Exclusives are included We'll be using the Top 10 most...

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How to Light a Cigar with a Closed Foot

I used to be frustrated with cigars that featured a closed foot, thinking that it took longer to light and created an uneven burn. Then I learned that the intent of a closed foot is to offer us the opportunity to experience the wrapper by itself, before adding in the...

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IPCPR Recap – Day 4

We've come to the fourth and final day of IPCPR. It's a short day, with the floor only open from 9-1. Most business has been done before Thursday, and the show is pretty dead. There aren't many retailers, and many of the manufacturers don't have a lot going on. On top...

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IPCPR Recap – Day 3

On to day 3! As a reminder, these recaps are intended to be more of a highlight reel than a play-by-play. Not everything is included. Feel free to reach out with any questions though! rich@cigarnoise.com Noxio Cigars & Flor y Nata After having missed each other...

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IPCPR Recap – Day 2

I started day 2 by smoking a Serino Royale Medio in my hotel room. Nice cigar! I didn't realize there were still smoking hotel rooms out there, so God Bless Vegas. I managed to set the smoke alarm off, so off I went to the show floor to see what there was to see. As...

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IPCPR Recap – Day 1, Part 2

Yesterday's wrap-up of Day 1 didn't include everything from the day, so let's keep going! Emilio Cigars Emilio has two new cigars coming out. The first is the Cavatina, which was made as a collaboration with James Brown of Black Label Trading Co / Black Works Studio...

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IPCPR Recap – Day 1, Part 1

I feel very lucky to attend this year's IPCPR trade show for CigarNoise.com. The show brings together manufacturers and retailers to discuss and sell new products, and it's a good relationship-builder too. There is a staggering amount of cigar knowledge in one place....

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Nicaragua Trip Part III: The Man

After a two hour drive from the airport to Esteli, Nicaragua, we rolled down a bumpy road and noticed Don Pepin Garcia's home with a My Father gate, Ishmael Fernandez's next door, and a quaint compound affectionately termed the 'White House.'  This is where we would...

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Nicaragua Trip Part 2: The Factory

Chronologically, this was our second day in Esteli, Nicaragua and probably the most mind blowing.  The pictures probably won't do AJ Fernandez's operation justice, so I'll just summarize it right here:  his shot group is tight! After the tobacco is air cured in the...

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Nicaragua Trip Part 1: The Fields

Visiting Esteli, Nicaragua was probably one of the coolest things I've evern done.  Muchas gracias to @governorscigars for the opportunity and answering my questions all day every day. We visited with AJ Fernandez the first evening, toured the factories the next day,...

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