Mr Cigarman’s Blog

  • 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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  • Known the Difference: Cuban and Dominican Cigars

    Known 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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  • The Importance of Using a Quality Cigar Cutter

    The Importance of Using a Quality Cigar Cutter

    For cigar novices, cutters are just a pretty thing to look at when taking off the end of a poor-quality product bought at their local corner store. But for cigar aficionados a quality cutter is important in the way the cigar is enjoyed, as different mechanisms create a different cut. Naturally it is necessary to […]

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  • Your Guide to the Correct Smoking Etiquette

    Your Guide to the Correct Smoking Etiquette

    Cigars are enjoyed by people the world over: from glitzy black tie celebrations to street corner cafes, people from all walks of life enjoy the smoke a fine cigar. Of course, you can smoke a cigar however you like, but we here at Alexanders have put together a little guide to traditional smoking etiquette. This […]

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  • The History of the Cigar

    The History of the Cigar

    The cigar is as synonymous across the world for relaxing at a side street café as it is for a toast to a great success. Across the world, men and women enjoy cigars for the most humble and extravagant of reasons. But what is the history behind the cigar? When did they come to be […]

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  • Pick Your Flavour: Popular Types of Cigars

    Pick Your Flavour: Popular Types of Cigars

    Cigars have long been one of the world’s most enjoyed pastimes. At high class events and roadside cafes across the globe you see men and women enjoying the rich taste of a full-flavoured stogie. They can be enjoyed as part of a toast or as an addition to morning coffee: they take their place in […]

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  • The Significance of Cigar Shapes

    The Significance of Cigar Shapes

    Cigars are a great pastime and can be enjoyed in many settings. Whether having coffee at a friend’s home or at a black-tie event, the humble cigar has built a reputation for providing an enjoyable way to relax or celebrate, and they continue to be enjoyed the world over. It is important for one who […]

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  • Know Your Cigars: Elements of a Quality Cigar

    Know Your Cigars: Elements of a Quality Cigar

    Cigars have long been a sign of class and nobility, but long gone are the times when only the rich and famous could afford them. Today, everyone can get the exquisite pleasure of finishing a good night with a cigar. However, to really enjoy the experience you must be sure that you are buying a […]

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  • How to Care for Cigars Like a Pro: Stacking, Restoring, Rotating

    How to Care for Cigars Like a Pro: Stacking, Restoring, Rotating

    In order to enjoy your high-quality cigars, you must learn how to store and care for them properly. Without this, you won’t be able to derive all the pleasure from the experience that a good product is able to provide. The mechanics of caring for cigars are fairly simple and boil down to three practices, […]

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  • How Far Down You Should Smoke Your Cigar?

    How Far Down You Should Smoke Your Cigar?

    Many beginner cigar smokers wonder just how far down you should smoke your cigar. There is no ‘correct’ answer to this question as there isn’t some specific cigar-smoking formula. However, there are quite a few stereotypes and rather ridiculous ‘rules’ associated with this specific matter. You should be aware of them so that you know […]

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  • Cigars 101: How Are Cigars Made?

    Cigars 101: How Are Cigars Made?

    The magic of cigars starts with growing the materials, namely the tobacco leaf. The composition of the soil, water, and sunlight affects this particular factor greatly, which is the reason why there are so many tobacco varieties. However, producing top-quality leaves is only the start of the journey that ends with the creation of a […]

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  • Cigar’s Cocktail Parties: Grab a Chance to Enjoy Yourself

    Cigar’s Cocktail Parties: Grab a Chance to Enjoy Yourself

    Do you love your cigars or have you just started to discover the joys of smoking luxurious tobacco blends? In either case, Cigar’s Cocktail Parties are a great place to visit in order to enjoy an evening in the company of likeminded individuals. As they are cocktail parties, you would definitely have some fun as […]

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