They sound like monsters, and even though they’re not vicious, they pack a pretty good bite. The Ogre, Wasabi, Dirty Hooligan, and Swamp Thang are popular cigars that not only share spooky monikers, they also share the same green skin – that is, a candela capa – the lime-green wrapper that was popular with American cigar smokers from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.
Enjoyed together, music and cigars share a significant connection, stirring an emotional response within the listener and the smoker. But it would take a purely American invention – the cigar box guitar – to forge the crossroads between cigars and music tradition.
It’s not a stretch to say that what Sir George Martin was to the Beatles, Jochy Blanco has been to a whole host of boutique cigar makers.
Ernst Gocaj speaks in an interview with Cigar Journal about the important role of the binder in the cigar production.
When it comes to harvesting the tobaccos that will eventually be turned into premium cigars, there are two basic methods: leaf priming and stalk cutting.
Nicholas Melillo, best known to cigar smokers as the founder and CEO of the boutique cigar company Foundation Cigar Co., sat down with Gary Korb from Cigar Advisors to talk about his beginnings in the cigar industry, Connecticut and the passion that drives him.
There are two important reasons why Ecuador has become the Mecca for premium cigar wrapper tobacco: its soil and cloud-filled skies.