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Long summer evenings cry out for big, delicious cigars. Whether you’re out camping, hanging with friends, or just chilling on your back porch, these plus-sized cigars will supply you with at least 90 minutes of solid enjoyment.

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While there’s a time and a place to ignore price points and opt for a big, luxurious cigar, value smokes offer cigar lovers everyday quality at reasonable prices. Indeed, consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to cigars under $10 per stick. Given the stubborn effects of inflation and the current state of the economy, there’s never been a better time to try out a new wallet-friendly cigar. 

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With PCA 2024 in the books and summer quickly approaching, it’s a great time to highlight some new cigars to try this year (2024). While we all have old favorites, some major new releases have garnered well-deserved attention from the industry. So let’s get straight to brass tacks — here are five(ish) great new cigars to add to your rotation.

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Many factors can affect the cigar-smoking experience. From the age and quality of the cigar to the setting to the drink pairing you choose — various elements can influence your enjoyment (or lack thereof) of any given smoke. Few things, though, are as crucial to cigar quality as proper humidification. Since cigars are natural products made out of tobacco leaves, preventing them from drying out is essential to ensuring a pleasant smoking experience.

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The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) 2024 trade show is officially in the books! While PCA kicked off a little earlier this year than years prior, some of the biggest brands in the cigar industry used it as an opportunity to showcase new and exclusive products! Thankfully, Cigar World was there to provide a quick recap on all the highlights you may have missed at PCA 2024!

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A single premium cigar can impart an array of different flavors. From “standard” tasting notes like chocolate and cedar to exotic flavors like red pepper, leather, and fruit, the best cigars offer complex, dynamic smoking experiences. 


Today, we’ll focus on sweetness, one of the most common — yet wide-ranging tasting notes found in cigars. Here are the top 5 cigars with sweet tasting notes to try in 2024!

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A good cigar lounge is more than just a room. It can be a sanctuary, a place to entertain, and a point of pride. Unfortunately, building a cigar-smoking room at home isn’t always easy. It often requires serious maintenance and upkeep, including updates to your home’s ventilation system. That’s why we’re here to help with a few essential tips and tricks for creating a smoking lounge in your home — check them out before you start!

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There’s an old misconception that cigars are just for men. This has never been the case, and in recent years, more and more women have begun smoking cigars

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There are many great places to smoke a cigar. The beach. The golf course. Your own back patio. However, the classic cigar lounge is still the preferred choice of many aficionados — and for good reason. Many cigar lounges boast a fantastic selection, offer tasty cocktails, and, best of all in bad weather, protection from the elements! 

 

Today, we’re highlighting five excellent cigar lounges that are absolutely worth visiting in 2024 — check them out here!

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For many, smoking in the winter presents a challenge. While we’d all love to have a top-class cigar lounge in our homes, the reality is that sometimes that isn’t possible. This blog is for anyone who’s ever tried (or at least thought about) braving icy-cold conditions to enjoy their favorite cigar. Here’s Cigar World’s Guide to smoking in the winter months.

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Many popular cigar brands have rich histories dating back to the 19th century. Indeed, a cigar brand’s legacy is often a big part of its identity, which means newer cigar brands might have trouble breaking into an industry based on tradition and heritage. On that note, today, we’re going to highlight a few new and emerging cigar brands that are worth your time in 2024. 

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Miami is known for its cigar culture. You can find a heavy heritage presence almost anywhere you look. There are numerous cigar factories, stores, and lounges spread throughout the city. Miami also has many cigar events that take place there, so we specifically wanted to focus on Destination HERF which took place January 11-14th this year. Caldwell Cigar Co. was the main sponsor, so we thought that we would sit down with Robert Caldwell, himself, and pick his brain on Caldwell Cigars, Destination HERF, and some exciting launches that you can look forward to this year. Some that may not have even been announced yet…

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Cigars offer connoisseurs nearly endless possibilities for experimentation. The cigar industry cranks out hundreds of new releases every year, and there are thousands of different cigars in regular production. As such, finding the right cigar among such a huge selection can be tricky — particularly if you’re new to the category.

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Cigars may not taste better on vacation, but there is something extra special about enjoying your favorite smoke on the road. Whether you’re off to a five-star resort for a month or just want to get away for the weekend, we’re here to share a few essential tips for smoking cigars while you travel. Here’s the ultimate travel packing guide for the cigar lover on the go

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Cigar World Predicts the Future

Predicting the future may be a fool’s errand, but it is a fun way to talk about things we love — like cigars! So, as we turn the page on 2023, now’s the perfect time to peek inside our crystal ball and make a few bold (and maybe not-so-bold) predictions about cigars and the cigar industry for 2024.

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2023 Cigar World Rundown

The new year is almost here! We can’t wait for all the exciting new releases in 2024, but before we close the books on 2023, it’s time for one last look at a few cigars that had the Cigar World community buzzing. Check them out to see if your favorite cigar of 2023 made the list!

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We live in a golden age for cigar selection. Never before have smokers had so many choices when they visit a tobacco store. While we love new, boutique cigar brands that use exotic tobacco or experiment with exciting varieties, today, we will focus on some truly classic smokes. Here are our top 5 cigars that have stood the test of time — and that you should try ASAP if you haven’t already.

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We may be the slightest bit biased, but cigars are a super fun hobby! And there’s nothing a cigar lover appreciates more than a special cigar-related gift for the holidays. In this blog, we’ll focus on presents for newcomers to cigars. As you may know, breaking into the cigar category can be tricky, so the right gift can mean a lot to a budding cigar enthusiast. 

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Outdoor Cigar Ashtrays We Love

Need a new outdoor cigar ashtray? Check out our latest blog for some essential recommendations.

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Few activities are as universally beloved as the tailgate. Whether you’re a dedicated sports fan — or you’re just in it for the party — a tailgate is a great way to hang out with friends and family. And, of course, tailgates are fantastic occasions for cigars as well! With football season in full swing, now’s the perfect time to introduce our essential guide to tailgating and cigars. Check it out here!

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This is a tough trifecta to beat: bourbon, cigars, and football. The truth is that you don’t *need* a guide to have a great time smoking cigars, drinking bourbon, and watching sports. 


However, if you want to ensure you have the optimal experience come gameday, we’re here to help. Check out a few of our favorite bourbon and cigar pairings for your next gameday gathering.

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Humidor maintenance is — admittedly — not the most fun part of the cigar hobby. However, a humidor is essential for keeping cigars in their ideal smoking condition. A humidor doesn’t require much tinkering once you’ve set it up, but knowing how to keep it functioning could save you a lot of stress. Here are a few best practices for maintaining your humidor. 

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The Best Cigar Luxury Lounges

Ah, the lounge: a cigar smoker’s natural habitat. Even the word “lounge” seems to carry an aurora of luxury and sophistication. Of course, smoking outdoors, on a patio, or at an event can be a rewarding experience. However, if you want to relax with a cigar in a traditional setting, you can’t beat a good lounge. Today, we’re counting down a few of the best luxury cigar lounges in the US.

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Whiskey and cigars just work together. Sure, cigars pair wonderfully with a wide variety of spirits and drinks. It’s whiskey, though, that so many cigar lovers come back to time and again. So, it’s no surprise that plenty of cigar brands have collaborated with distilleries to create specialty cigars. Here are our favorite whiskey and cigar crossovers that are worth your time.

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These cigar oddities certainly deserve a spot in your humidor. Learn more here.

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