Why Cigar Cutters Improve Your Smoking Experience

CAO BRAZILIA WITH CASE BRAZILIA TORO CIGARWatch some of those older movies and you might see someone take out a cigar and bite the tip off before lighting it. Although it adds drama to the scene (especially in war movies), biting off the tip of a cigar is not recommended. It's one of those things that no one should try at home because although you may or may not damage your teeth, there's a very good chance that you will cause harm to the cigar. When you ravage a cigar with your teeth, the tip is removed with a ripping action that leaves a jagged edge.

No doubt, some people reading this might be thinking, "So what? That's not going to affect the experience or taste". However, veteran aficionados wouldn't dream of lighting up any cigar without using some type of official cigar cutter. They insist on using a cigar cutter for prepping that CAO Brazilia or Gispert because they know that it improves the experience. A quick clean chop off the tip of a cigar results in a better draw and more even smoke than using teeth to chew away at the tip. Running the risk of a diminished cigar smoking experience is never worth it so true aficionados always use a quality cutter.

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Why Proper Construction of Cigars Matters

Whether made by hand or by machine, cigars need to be crafted in the correct manner. You can use the best Cameroon wrapper, Cuban-seed filler, and Dominican binder in the world but if they aren't put together just the right way, you are going to be in for a seriously unhappy smoking experience. It would be http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/ThompsonGroup/TC_R57388_ET000406_0?hei=350&wid=250&$FRYPRODUCT$like driving a Cadillac that was just thrown together by amateurs instead of being lovingly manufactured by skilled automotive industry workers. Smoking a badly made cigar is like using your best set of clubs on a terribly maintained, rock-strewn green. Every way you look at it, a poorly made cigar is just a bad idea.

Every quality cigar company realizes this and makes efforts to craft smokes the right way. Filler tobacco is distributed, packed, and binded at the correct density. Make the filler too loosely packed and the cigar burns too quickly. You might get some flavor, but it won't be much and the smoke might burn to nothing in a matter of minutes. A smoke that is too tightly packed will certainly burn but it might be so tight that you have to fight to draw air through the cigar. Keep that in mind the next time you enjoy one of your H Upmann Cigars or other quality brands. The slow burn, easy draw, and great taste are all reminders of an expertly rolled smoke.

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Get Enough Cigars for 6 More Months of Winter: Phil Saw its Shadow

February certainly falls within the cold grip of winter. It's not as if it's warm outside and snow still lies on the ground in many places. Ice storms and heavy snowfalls are a given in most of the northern states and GISPERT LONSDALE CONNECTICUTquite a few other areas of the country. With this in mind, it seems odd then that we insist on "celebrating" Groundhog Day. Even if it is a boon for Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, the outcome is almost always the same. Phil the Groundhog sees its shadow and we are in for six months more of winter. Even if that most famous of Woodchucks didn't see its shadow, you can bet that folks in most parts of the country would still be in for 6 months of winter (and even longer if you live in Maine, Montana, or North Dakota).

This year, once again, Phil saw its shadow so we are guaranteed six more months of winter (at least in Pennsylvania). I think it's a good reminder that winter wasn't going to end any time soon, so it's a good idea to keep following the usual winter precautions when it comes to cigars. Namely, make sure that your humidor is providing enough humidity to keep aging that collection that includes Casa Magna and Gispert Cigars.

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Cigar Appreciation isn't Just About Taste

GISPERT LONSDALE CONNECTICUTOne of the main reasons why aficionados enjoy and appreciate tobacco is for the flavors it can bring to the palate. This is why the smoke is enjoyed in the mouth rather than inhaled into the lungs. We taste what the cigar has to bring to the table and meditate on the complex offerings of carefully fermented tobacco. Filler, binder, and wrapper all work together to provide a wonderful experience that may include hints of pepper, the robust aftertaste of coffee or chocolate, a slightly sweet taste sensation that defies description, or other flavors that surprise.

That said, the beauty of cigar smoking goes above and beyond any amount of flavor. After buying treasured smokes, you have to store them in a humidor to enhance their taste and keep them safe. You have to care for and treasure them with the right storage device and when it's time to enjoy them, it's not as if they are lit and smoked as fast as possible. Cigars get rolled between the fingers to appreciate the moist, hand-rolled wrapper. You admire the artistic cigar band and skill that went into creating it until using one of your Colibri lighters to finally take a draw and savor that first taste.

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Who Smokes Electronic Cigarettes?

It sounds like something from the future but electronic cigarettes have actually been with us SMOKE FIFTY-ONE TRIO ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE STARTER KITfor several decades. Far from being virtual in nature, electronic cigarettes are metal devices that usually look like a regular cigarette but lack the smoke and tar. When you take a puff on an electronic cigarette, you breathe in nothing more than water vapor and a bit of nicotine. The people who smoke them are:
  • People who want to quit smoking cigarettes: These clever little devices help you quit smoking regular cigarettes by providing that much needed dose of nicotine.
  • Folks who want to smoke in non-smoking areas: The smokeless nature of electronic cigarettes means that you can use them in just about any non-smoking area. There may be places that insist on refusing to let you use them but they are in the minority and simply in the wrong because it is not against the law to smoke electronic cigarettes in most non-smoking areas.
  • People who enjoy smoking without the smoke: Although this seems counter-intuitive, a lot of people who are hooked on cigarettes actually don't like the smoke. While aficionados who partake in a classic Casa Magna or quality Gispert Cigars do so to enjoy the smoke, people who smoke cigarettes are usually lighting up because they want the nicotine.
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It's Hard to Top the Value of Gispert Cigars

GISPERT LONSDALE CONNECTICUTThere are cigars for just about every price range and situation. The cheapest of cigars aren't necessarily the worst but they probably aren't going to provide as enjoyable experience as more expensive smokes. Higher priced cigars tend to also receive high ratings because more time and care is usually put into the process of making them. In addition, the best of smokes earn their place of distinction because the people who craft them only use certain types of tobacco, leaf that comes from certain varieties of seed, and are often fanatic about quality control.

Brands like Ashton and Davidoff come to mind when aficionados talk about such high-rated, high quality cigars. Nevertheless, there is at least one brand of cigar that makes use of the same types of leaf as those top-shelf smokes yet offers its cigars for a substantially lower price. The company in question is known as "Gispert" and it's hard to find smokes that provide more bang for your buck than their high quality offerings. These excellent cigars use Honduran tobacco for a robust, bold experience and their quality will make you wonder how they can sell them at such lower prices than other brands.

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This is very good cigar for the money.

Perry the fat boy from Beaumont Texas reviewed the GISPERT LONSDALE CONNECTICUT

I love the taste. Just hard to find in my area of Texas.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Everyday, Gifts, Special Occasions
Describe Yourself: Aspiring Aficionado, Cigar Aficionado, Special Occasion Smoker

One of the old, old Cuban brands before 1950, Gispert was always among the top five most highly rated Cuban brands. Though never widely distributed outside the island nation, still it enjoyed a significant market share among the pantheon of the best of the country’s great smokes. In the chaos of the embargo, however, and in the hands of new owners, Gispert languished, almost to the point of being discontinued altogether.

At long last, and quite overdue for those who remember the brand’s heyday, Altadis has decided to resurrect Gispert to its former glory. Employing the great Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Honduras and Nicaragua with Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Gispert in its new resurrection today, is a cut above its original blend. For the few surviving old timers who remember fondly the original pre-Castro Gispert, the new incarnation promises to bring back the nostalgia of by-gone days. Why even the retro presentation of the box hearkens back to the olden times. As one considers the return of Gispert to former glory, it’s enough to make one positively misty-eyed.

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A great smoke

galv4146 from Rescue, Ca reviewed the GISPERT CHURCHILL CONNECTICUT

I consider these an excellent smoke and would smoke them more often if they weren't a bit pricey for my budget. Needless to say I order them on rare and special occasions.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: BURNS EVENLY, Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Events, Gifts, Special Occasions

One of the old, old Cuban brands before 1950, Gispert was always among the top five most highly rated Cuban brands. Though never widely distributed outside the island nation, still it enjoyed a significant market share among the pantheon of the best of the country’s great smokes. In the chaos of the embargo, however, and in the hands of new owners, Gispert languished, almost to the point of being discontinued altogether.

At long last, and quite overdue for those who remember the brand’s heyday, Altadis has decided to resurrect Gispert to its former glory. Employing the great Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Honduras and Nicaragua with Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Gispert in its new resurrection today, is a cut above its original blend. For the few surviving old timers who remember fondly the original pre-Castro Gispert, the new incarnation promises to bring back the nostalgia of by-gone days. Why even the retro presentation of the box hearkens back to the olden times. As one considers the return of Gispert to former glory, it’s enough to make one positively misty-eyed.

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Excellant cigar

Tom Treater from Harlingen, Texas reviewed the GISPERT TORO CONNECTICUT

Smoke one everday

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Great Flavor, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed
Best Uses: Everyday
Describe Yourself: Special Occasion Smoker

One of the old, old Cuban brands before 1950, Gispert was always among the top five most highly rated Cuban brands. Though never widely distributed outside the island nation, still it enjoyed a significant market share among the pantheon of the best of the country’s great smokes. In the chaos of the embargo, however, and in the hands of new owners, Gispert languished, almost to the point of being discontinued altogether.

At long last, and quite overdue for those who remember the brand’s heyday, Altadis has decided to resurrect Gispert to its former glory. Employing the great Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Honduras and Nicaragua with Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Gispert in its new resurrection today, is a cut above its original blend. For the few surviving old timers who remember fondly the original pre-Castro Gispert, the new incarnation promises to bring back the nostalgia of by-gone days. Why even the retro presentation of the box hearkens back to the olden times. As one considers the return of Gispert to former glory, it’s enough to make one positively misty-eyed.

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Solid, inexpensive cigar

HHH Smoker from Grand Rapids, MI reviewed the GISPERT LONSDALE CONNECTICUT

I'm always on the lookout for exceptional inexpensive cigars to smoke on the golf course, saving my expensive favorites for an easy chair and a glass of port. The Gispert Lonsdale is one of the finest [$] cigars you'll ever find. Consistent construction, roll, and draw. Flavor is mild and, though sometimes inconsistent, worth every penny of the bargain price.

Bottomline: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rating:

Pros: Easy To Light, Good Draw, Undamaged Wrapper, Well Constructed Cons: Inconsistent Flavor
Best Uses: Events, Everyday, Gifts
Describe Yourself: Cigar Aficionado

One of the old, old Cuban brands before 1950, Gispert was always among the top five most highly rated Cuban brands. Though never widely distributed outside the island nation, still it enjoyed a significant market share among the pantheon of the best of the country’s great smokes. In the chaos of the embargo, however, and in the hands of new owners, Gispert languished, almost to the point of being discontinued altogether.

At long last, and quite overdue for those who remember the brand’s heyday, Altadis has decided to resurrect Gispert to its former glory. Employing the great Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Honduras and Nicaragua with Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Gispert in its new resurrection today, is a cut above its original blend. For the few surviving old timers who remember fondly the original pre-Castro Gispert, the new incarnation promises to bring back the nostalgia of by-gone days. Why even the retro presentation of the box hearkens back to the olden times. As one considers the return of Gispert to former glory, it’s enough to make one positively misty-eyed.

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A Suitable Reward

Most of us have a favorite selection of cigars that we keep nearby for the usual times we want to enjoy a smoke. For me, right now the Gispert Cigars are in heavy rotation in the cigar humidor -- the combination of quality and price fits both my taste and my budget.

But there's also that cigar that's too precious to smoke every day, but is more of a reward cigar for many of us. When something extraordinary happens, or when we do something worth celebrating, it's time to crack open that extra-special bottle and break out the really good cigars.

One great option for that is an Arturo Fuente Opus X. You could make a very strong argument that these are the best cigars on the planet. When you go to Vegas, these are the cigars that the whales are smoking as they're dropping big stacks of chips on every hand of poker. But at Thompson Cigar, you can buy a five-pack for the price many would pay for a single smoke after a great night at the tables, which makes this a deal worthy of lighting up one of these babies in celebration.
 

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Why you should try a Gispert cigar

GISPERT CHURCHILL CONNECTICUTGispert cigars tend to fly under the radar, but don't make the mistake of passing them over the next time you're shopping for smokes. These Honduran cigars are great everyday smokes for anyone who prefers a mild-to-medium bodied cigar.

This was a huge cigar brand in Cuba prior to Castro's revolution, and the version available to buy online at Thompson Cigar is more than a credit to that name. The Gispert Churchill Connecticut, for example, is a smooth smoke that if anything, is superior to the original Cuban blend. And the Gispert Robusto Maduro is both a fantastic smoke and an incredible value, with a bold taste and quality craftsmanship that is ordinarily only found in cigars that cost at least twice as much. In fact, all the Gispert Maduros are excellent. Obviously they all come with the Thompson guarantee, but even further, if you somehow try these and aren't satisfied, you can write mean things about me in the comments here and I'll calmly take the heat. But I won't have to, because these cigars are that good.

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Smoke Cigars, Lower Your Golf Handicap?

For a sport that has more gadgets and gimmicks designed to improve your game than anything else on the planet (just watch the commercials on The Golf Channel and you'll see what I mean), one of the most basic swing aids are quality cigars. At least, that's what I've found in my golf experience.

ANDRE GARCIA 3 FINGER SMOOTH BLACK LEATHER CASEA cigar is a relaxant for me. Golf, contrary to its billing, is not. I tend to get angry and frustrated when I play poorly, particularly from the tee or on the green, and that tends to make me play worse. When I’m angry at myself, I’m not hitting a nice, easy swing – I’m trying to hit it as hard as I can and as far as I can, which means people in adjacent fairways are in grave danger.

Gispert Cigars on the golf course tend to calm me down, and therefore helps mitigate the tension. Of course, I always try to have an extra cigar or two on hand in my Andre Garcia 3 Finger Smooth Black Leather Case, in case I get so mad at myself that I bite one in half accidently. Yes, that has happened to me. No, I'm not proud of it. But that kind of tension is why I need my cigar on the golf course in the first place.
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