Cigar Lifestyle 

Editorial: UGFest (Underground Cigar Festival) 2015

This has been a big year for a small cigar shop in Fort Worth, The Underground Cigar Shop. The shop just celebrated it’s 1st anniversary in October of 2014, then in November launched it’s first shop exclusive, the Catacomb from Black Label Trading Company, now a cigar festival? The Underground is quickly making a big mark on the cigar industry, the boutique industry in particular. The Underground is owned and run by Don Wiggins, a boutique cigar enthusiast who also runs a Facebook group dedicated to all things boutique cigar…

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Cigar Lifestyle 

Editorial: Lifting The Gates: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Ending the Embargo

Since the current White House resident announced December 17 his plan to open doors to lift the Cuban Embargo the cigar world has been buzzing. There have been grumbles of everything from “finally we can get Cubans” to “there goes the industry.” One thing that we all need to consider is that the cigar industry is not the only industry that will be impacted and that not all impacts on the cigar industry will be positive at this time. Let’s break this down and take a look and some possible…

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News 

Editorial: Getting Your Settings Right

Since so much of cigar smoking is about slowing down and relaxing I believe that the setting in which we enjoy our cigars has a huge impact on what we get out of them. Cigarette smoker don’t tend to have a favorite place or time of day to enjoy a cigarette, yet so many cigar smokers can sit down and take several minutes to describe what they feel is the perfect setting for a cigar. As I sit here in an empty cigar lounge, just my computer, my cigar, a…

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Editorial: The Future Looks Bright For General Cigars

The recent acquisitions of Toraño Cigars and Leccia Tobacco by General Cigar have created a large amount of buzz in the cigar community. Theories are flying from all angles as to why and what and so on. Many are speculating that the FDA might have been a driving factor, while some feel it may have just been a smart financial business move. There are also plenty who fear the possibility of re-blending could “ruin” what are wildly popular and successful cigars. As we look at General Cigar as a company…

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