Mr Cigarman’s Blog

  • Inhaling Cigars: What You’re Doing Wrong

    Inhaling Cigars: What You’re Doing Wrong

    Many people who aren’t familiar with the art of smoking a fine cigar will jump to the understandable conclusion that cigars are just like cigarettes. However, that could not be further from the truth. This becomes particularly problematic when it comes to inhaling the smoke. While there’s no steadfast rule, the fact is that cigar […]

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  • How to Pick the Perfect Cigar Gift

    How to Pick the Perfect Cigar Gift

    While it may not be your initial thought when you think of the holiday season, the simplicity of a single fine cigar can be a unique and special surprise for someone you love. Cigars provide the perfect mix of luxury and allure, standing out against other “regular” gifts such as jocks, socks and candles. Celebrate […]

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  • Cigars for Christmas: Flavour Matching

    Cigars for Christmas: Flavour Matching

    Many of the world’s cigar connoisseurs will enjoy a smoke between meals, but when better to do so than on the day of all food days: Christmas. The festive season brings some magnificent flavours that are sometimes only enjoyed once a year, so why not capitalise on the array of tastes on offer and enhance […]

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Binder Tobacco

    Everything You Need to Know About Binder Tobacco

    While the binder is often the least revered of the tobaccos that make up a cigar, due to its lack of contribution to the overall flavour of the stogie, it is actually one of the hardest working leaves in the bunch. The blend of this leaf with the rest of the tobacco is paramount to […]

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  • How Is My Cigar Rolled?

    How Is My Cigar Rolled?

    While technology has improved various aspects of cigar making, it really makes no headway in a competition with the classic, tradition of hand rolling. The cigar industry is one of the few that remains intact when it comes to handcrafted consumables and it is showing no signs of shifting to a machine-powered business anytime soon. […]

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  • What You Should Know About Long Cigar Ash

    What You Should Know About Long Cigar Ash

    Have you ever seen a cigar that has kept its shape almost completely while it burns? This is called a ‘long cigar ash’. You don’t need a particular type of cigar to create a long ash, although some are better than others at maintaining the cigar’s shape once it has turned to ash. It’s a […]

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  • Things Every Guy (And Gal) Should Know About Cigars

    Things Every Guy (And Gal) Should Know About Cigars

    There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation where knowledge on a particular topic is assumed by one or the other party. No one wants to look like a fool so we just play along, keeping the interaction as vague as possible. Particularly when it comes to high-end business, cigar smoking is all the […]

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  • Mother Country: The Homes of the Most Popular Cigars

    Mother Country: The Homes of the Most Popular Cigars

    Ever wondered what gives cigars from different regions such varied flavours? It has a lot to do with climate and the soil the tobacco plant is grown in. In this blog, we take a look at the top 4 most popular cigar regions, the characteristics you’ll find in cigars from each region and what makes […]

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  • Cigarman’s Tips for Choosing a Cigar

    Cigarman’s Tips for Choosing a Cigar

    There are three major questions to ask yourself when you’re selecting a cigar to purchase. How long do I want to smoke? The first question you should be answering for yourself is, “how long do I want to smoke for?” This will give you direction on size, shape and gauge. Longer wider cigars will take […]

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  • Understanding Different Wrapper Leaves

    Understanding Different Wrapper Leaves

    Whether you are a seasoned smoker or new to the game, one of the trickiest components of knowing your cigars is understanding the wrapper leaves. There are hundreds of different colours and shades of cigar leaves that can range from light green to black. There are also a number of indicating factors or “tells” that […]

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  • Your Guide To Cigar Sizes & Smoke Times

    Your Guide To Cigar Sizes & Smoke Times

    The length of a cigar is always measured in inches or fractions of an inch, whereas its diameter is measured in ring gauges. This unit of measurement is unique to the cigar industry. There are a few different shapes and sizes that are pretty much standardised across the industry. Double Corona Double coronas are the […]

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  • How To Sharpen Your Cutter

    How To Sharpen Your Cutter

    As you use your cigar cutter more and more, the blades will dull and become blunted, imperfections will form and it will ultimately reduce the effectiveness of your tool. These imperfections can leave jagged edges on the head of your cigar, which will change — and in most cases — hinder your smoking experience. Which […]

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  • Aging Cigars: Everything You Need To Know

    Aging Cigars: Everything You Need To Know

    Cigars are evolutionary objects that can offer a depth and complexity of flavours unlike anything you can consume. Aging your own cigars is a great way to save money and, if it’s done right, you’ll enjoy the tender caress of complex smoke on your tongue for a fraction of the price. How long do I […]

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  • The Longest Yard: How to Create the Largest Ash

    The Longest Yard: How to Create the Largest Ash

    Creating a lengthy ash is an interesting element of smoking a cigar. Although the length of the ash will not have a positive or adverse effect on how the cigar smokes and tastes, for purely aesthetic purposes and for the enjoyable challenge of attempting to create a longer ash, it’s something that can’t hurt to […]

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  • Smoky Soiree: Cigar Games for Your Next Cocktail Party

    Smoky Soiree: Cigar Games for Your Next Cocktail Party

    Cigars are a timeless edition to any social gathering. Whether it be a formal celebration or a relaxing catch up with friends, the humble cigar can always be relied upon to enhance social enjoyment and provide that extra element of pleasure. One thing that people love to do when enjoying a cigar with friends is […]

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  • Keeping Them Fresh: Optimum Storage Conditions for Cigars

    Keeping Them Fresh: Optimum Storage Conditions for Cigars

    Cigars are delicate things, and it cannot be underestimated the care that is needed to ensure your collection stays fresh and ready to be enjoyed to the fullest. Any aficionado will tell you the same thing: cigars have to be stored properly to retain moisture and consistency, and we here at Alexanders agree wholeheartedly. Therefore, […]

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  • The Best Spots to Enjoy a Cigar in Melbourne

    The Best Spots to Enjoy a Cigar in Melbourne

    It has become cliché to say that Melbourne is a place with fantastic bars and restaurants, we all know it, and Melbournians are proud of the city being the cultural centre of Australia. This being said, given the almost endless multitude of sophisticated bars lining the city’s intricate layout of laneways and side streets, it […]

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  • John, Jack, and Ernest: Cigars Smoked by the Rich and Famous

    John, Jack, and Ernest: Cigars Smoked by the Rich and Famous

    Whilst in the modern age people have become, let’s just say, iffy about people smoking cigars, there is no denying that the aura of some of history’s most respected politicians and celebrities enjoying a fine stogie is something we can all enjoy. Images of our favourite statesmen, actors, and authors leisurely smoking a fine cigar […]

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  • Know the Difference: Cuban and Dominican Cigars

    Know the Difference: Cuban and Dominican Cigars

    If you have ever seen that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer hires a group of Dominicans posing as Cubans to roll cigars for a get-rich-quick-scheme, where the plan ultimately fails due to the men being Dominican and not Cuban, then you might have the faintest idea that there is a difference between Cuban and Dominican […]

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  • Class and History Combined: The Hype About Cuban Cigars

    Class and History Combined: The Hype About Cuban Cigars

    When people think of the elegance associated with smoking a fine cigar, one word, one country comes to mind: Cuba. Once we connotate the name of the Caribbean nation with enjoying fine cigar our minds wander to palm lined beaches with a rum in hand, horn bands playing at every street corner, and the late […]

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