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  1. Online-Cigars at Intertabac 2022

    Intertabac entrance

    Intertabac is the European trade show for all things tobacco related. Similar to the PCA Convention & Trade Show (formally named the IPCPR trade show) in Las Vegas, but not quite as large. For us cigar smokers though, it’s a coming together of most of the brands, suppliers, distributors, and various other members of the cigar business and community. Due to Covid, it’s not been on for 2 years, so you could sense everyone was feeling a bit rusty but excited to get into the swing of it again.

    After a shaky journey, which included a delayed flight and going the wrong way on a train, we arrived in Dortmund ready to try and squeeze as much into 2 days at the fare as possible. It takes place at the Messe, which is an enormous exhibition centre, and the whole show occupies 8 of the large halls, two of which are dedicated to all things cigars. The queue to enter was long but the check-in method was so slick, everyone just filters through. The morning was spe

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  2. Why You Should Smoke World Cigars Instead of Cuban Cigars

    Why You Should Smoke World Cigars

    Cigars are one of life’s great pleasures but choosing your next smoke can be difficult due to the massive variety. Cuban cigars are the most famous, but over the years many quality brands have been created in countries in other parts of the region. World, or New World, cigars are from tobacco growing countries such as the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and the USA. Today there are countless brands from boutique to world famous, so why should you give some of these cigars a try over the more renowned Cuban brands?

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  3. $100 Cohibas Coming As Cuban Cigar Prices Going Up

    Price Rise on Cohiba and Trinidad Cuban Cigars

    Habanos S.A. Raising Prices Across The Board, Cohiba and Trinidad To Get Biggest Increases, Prices In Havana Going Up As Well

    Article from Cigar Aficionado  | May 10, 2022 | By Gregory Mottola

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  4. Obvious signs of fake cigars that everyone who wants to buy Cuban cigars should know

    Fake Cuban Cigars

    Fake or counterfeit Cuban cigars are a big issue for anyone wanting to buy Cuban cigars. Whether you are looking for cheap cigars, or someone is offering you a deal that seems too good to be true, these are the easy ways to identify if those cigars are fake.

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  5. What is “dry boxing” cigars and how to do it?

    Dryboxing a Cohiba Esplendidos Cigar

    If you have been smoking cigars for a while, or hanging around in online forums and social media, you might have heard the term “Dry Boxing” cigars. But what does this mean, and should you be dry boxing your cigars to get the best enjoyment out of them?

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  6. What are these green or pale spots and marks on my cigar?

    Pale spots and green stains on cigar wrapper

    Cigars can have minor imperfections, afterall they are a handmade from natural items. There can therefore be some marks, spots and stains on a cigar's wrapper. But what are they and what causes them?

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  7. Why Won’t My Cigar Draw? Is it Plugged?

    PerfecDraw Tool for Plugged Cigars

    You might have heard of a plugged cigar, or come across a cigar that won't draw. If you are struggling to smoke your cigar, and it seems like it is blocked and there is no airflow going through it (and yes, you have cut it first!), here’s what to do.

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  8. Should I Leave Cigars to Rest When Buying Cigars Online

    Resting Cuban Cigars in a Humidor

    If you are buying cigars online, you might have heard the term “resting” your cigars. But do you need to rest cigars if they have been shipped to you, or can you smoke them right away? And if you should rest your cigars, how long do you need to rest them for?

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  9. What’s a good cigar for a beginner?

    How to Choose First Cigar

    If you are new to cigars and looking for the best cigar to try first, it can be tricky. There are so many available, it’s hard to know which are good for someone new to smoking cigars. Should you buy a Cuban cigar, or should you buy a Nicaraguan cigar? Is a small cigar better for a beginner, or a large cigar? Should a newbie try a dark or light wrapper. The choices seem endless.

    Here are some tips to help you find the best cigar for a beginner. You’ll also find some of the best cigars for beginners in the recommendations at the end.

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  10. Habanos Authenticity Checker NOT WORKING?!

    How to use Habanos Varifier

    The Habanos Authenticity Checker is a useful tool to verify whether your Cuban cigars are real or fake. Using the barcode numbers on the cigar box, imputed into Habanos website, it can help to tell if your Cuban cigars are genuine. The website can be found here: http://verificacion.habanos.com/

    The problem is, the Habanos Verifier is often not working…

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