Good Cheer Trail

The Good Cheer Trail: The First Stamp   Hey Noise Makers! We are jumping into the best time of the year to be a cigar lover, the summertime!! So crank up that Will Smith, burn your socks, get the beer fridge stocked, and start lighting those sticks you have been...

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Going Full Hipster Pairing

Going Full Hipster I am always looking for new and interesting things to pair with cigars. So, I thought I would give kombucha a try. I have been seeing various kombacha beverages more and more around Instagram and I have a couple of friends that love it, so I thought...

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Post Workout Cigars

Post Workout Cigars This is going to be more of a lifestyle blog today. I am sure anyone that smokes cigars on the regular runs into friends or family that challenge the healthiness of making that choice. Most of the people in my life have given up that argument with...

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Burger, Fries, and a Smoke

Can Food Be Paired with Cigars? I walked out of my dentist's office a bit perplexed. He had given me a new set of x-rays and had said that he didn't see any problems with my teeth. Awesome. Then he said I had to schedule another appointment for my teeth to be cleaned...

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Fake Cubans on Social Media

How many times has this happened to you? You're browsing your favorite cigar social media platform and you see someone showing off their glass-top box of Cohibas they got for cheap through a dude on the beach who "has a cousin in the factory." It happens often. There...

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Patina Habano and a Dark and Stormy Pairing

Patina Habano and Dark and Stormy Pairing Is this your homework, Larry? Finally! Finally it stopped snowing. It's been 5 days since I've been able to have a cigar because in the Canada we are in 3rd winter. It's part of our 11 seasons, which includes 3 winters. In...

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Whiskies of the World

Whiskey Tasting and Cigar "Pairing" - San Jose I know very little about whiskey other than the fact that I love the good stuff. Throwing $40+ for a fifth that I've never before tried has always scared me a bit. This is one of the reasons why I chose to treat myself to...

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What do you give to a First Time Cigar Smoker?

Sharing is Caring Who among you is known as the ‘Cigar guy’ or ‘Cigar gal’ within your friend or work groups? I know that I definitely am. For me, it's a source of pride that my cigar enthusiast-ness is out there. In my part of the Canada, cigar smoking is not very...

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Can We Defend Premium Cigars From The FDA?

The FDA just posted a new Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking for comments, feedback, and studies related to 'premium cigars' to determine if they should be regulated differently from non-premium cigars. As many cigar smokers are aware, the FDA has...

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Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown Pairing

Episode One: A New Blog So, I am not a cigar reviewer. When I was asked to start writing for the Noise I wasn’t quite sure how I could match the outstanding reviews of the current team. I still consider myself quite a noob when it comes to cigars. What I have been...

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Vote for our Top 10 Cigars of 2017

Top 10 Cigars of 2017 - Rules Must be available in the Continental United States Must have been released in 2017 New vitolas in 2017 are included Limited Editions and Store Exclusives are included We'll be using the Top 10 most selected cigars as our Top 10 of 2017...

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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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