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When you follow Room101 Cigars, Room101 Gin or any other Room101 social accounts, including @itsboofybaby himself, you will see mention of the Shadow Army. What in the hell is the Shadow Army?!

I was able to chat with two members of this illustrious group, and as you can imagine, I am keeping their identities anonymous, so I will just refer to them with their soldier number. Let the absurdity begin…

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Here at Cigar World, we love maduro cigars. And if you’re reading this, you probably do as well! Or, maybe you’re new to the category and want to know more about maduros. Either way, you’re in the right place because we’re going to rattle off some of our favorite maduros that will delight beginners and seasoned cigar lovers alike. 

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Everyone who knows the cigar industry knows Matt Booth. He is the creative genius behind the Room101 brand, which includes Room101 Gin, Room101 Cigars, and his Room101 DTLA jewelry line. Matt’s aesthetic is Southern California badass with a sexy silliness sprinkled on top. Room101 Cigars are standouts in the humidor. The artwork is unique, compelling, and colorful.

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The history of cigars extends back centuries –– to the ancient Mayans who first rolled and smoked tobacco –– and it encompasses thousands of larger-than-life historical figures and events. One such figure may not have been a cigar smoker himself but has nonetheless had a massive impact on both the cigar industry and world history. This is the story of Simón Bolívar: the liberator of South America and the inspiration behind one of the most respected cigar lines in the world.

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The story of Warfighter Tobacco began in places like Mosul and Tikrit, Iraq, during the initial US invasion of 2003. There, the four men who would eventually found Warfighter –– Scott Jansen, Jon Simmons, Bryan Bettey, and Chris Ferdico, all served within several hundred miles of each other –– though they didn’t know it yet. It was there that they experienced the conflict that would affect them for the rest of their lives. It was also where they developed a love of cigars.

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Tobacco Primings 101

There are countless factors that make a cigar unique –– from the types of tobacco used to the altitude at which the tobacco is grown. These factors and more will affect the overall cigar-smoking experience. Another way to influence the flavor profile of a cigar is through different harvesting methods, and the most common way to harvest tobacco is through priming. Priming is a term used to describe the basic concept of working your way up from the bottom to the top of the tobacco plant. 

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In honor of Earth Month, we’re going to look at the biodegradability of cigars. Though you may not know it, basically all cigars are –– in fact –– biodegradable!

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For most cigar smokers, the term “green cigar” means one thing: a candela. If you don’t know, a candela (or “double claro”) is a cigar with a light green wrapper. Candelas tend to have a grassy, herbal tea taste, and while they were once wildly popular, they have mostly receded into obscurity over the past few decades. 

However, today we won’t be discussing “green” cigars in the literal sense, but rather the eco-friendliness of cigars and cigar smoking. Here’s a quick overview of the cigar-making process and how you can make your smoke sessions more environmentally friendly.

 

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Step aside, fellas. This blog is about some of our favorite, famous cigar aficionadas –– both past and present. You’ve probably heard of just about all of these women, but you may not have known about their propensity to indulge in a fine cigar. (At least from time to time.) Well, enough preamble. Let’s get to the most famous women who smoke cigars!

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Fictional Cigar Ladies

The cigar community is full of colorful characters –– both real and fictional. Indeed, cigars and cigar brands are often mythologized by consumers and by the brands themselves! As a happy result, we have a litany of fictional cigar ladies who have captivated smokers for generations.

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Female-Led Cigar Brands

As we’ve covered before, women are playing an increasingly significant role in the cigar industry –– not just as consumers –– but also as leading figures at some of the most popular brands. Indeed, numerous women have stepped into prominent roles at traditional cigar giants while other enterprising aficionadas have struck out on their own to form new brands. As part of our focus this month on women in the cigar industry, today, we’ll highlight a few of our favorite female-led cigar brands (several of which may surprise you)!

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Cigar Madness is Back!

Everyone’s favorite bracket-based competition has returned! That’s right –– it’s time for another season of Cigar World Cigar Madness. Eight of the most popular and critically-acclaimed cigars are set to compete for the title of Cigar World Cigar Madness Champion. And the best part is that you –– yes, YOU –– get to decide who wins! Make sure to follow us on Instagram and vote for your favorite smokes all month long.

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Cigars with Floral Notes

“Stop and smell the roses,” they say. While there’s nothing wrong with that attitude, we’d much rather stop and have a cigar. Thankfully, you can get the best of both worlds by trying out cigars with floral notes.

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New Cigar World Badges for 2023

Badge update: Cigar World is happy to announce that we’re rolling out new badges this year! In the coming weeks and months, Cigar World users will have the chance to score special, never-before-released badges for display on their profiles.

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For some cigar enthusiasts, the only way to light up a cigar is with a match. And while there’s nothing wrong with using a match to light a cigar, anyone who’s ever tried to strike a match outside on a windy day knows that sometimes it just doesn’t get the job done. Which brings us to our subject of the day –– torch lighters! 

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Important Cigar Dates for 2023

2023 is officially upon us! That means it’s time to set some goals and plan for the year ahead. The good news for cigar lovers is that plenty of exciting cigar events are slated for 2023.

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The Tercio Aging Process

Crafting a fine cigar requires skill and patience. However, some processes –– like tercio aging tobacco –– are so time-consuming and complex that few cigar manufacturers use them anymore.

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Much like a personal preference on tobacco blends, we all have a personal preference on the size of cigar we like to smoke. That leads us to this week's blog topic. Well, it’s more of a simple question that doesn’t get asked enough…

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The Holiday season is upon us and that means gift giving time. This year, you’ll want to make sure you give (or receive) the best gift possible. And what better gift than a premium whiskey to pair with premium cigars?

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Premium cigars. Just like fine wine, cheese or spirits, when stored correctly, certain cigars (and the tobacco inside them) can improve with age. Aging cigar tobacco amplifies flavor and aroma nuances, it’ll soften the rough edges, and generally improve the cigar, and the entire smoking experience. That’s why the Cigar World team wanted to answer some common questions around cigar aging, and showcase why (when done right) it does pay to age your cigars.

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Deep Dive: Macanudo Cigars

This week, the Cigar World team brings you along for a deep dive into none other than Macanudo, America’s best selling premium cigar.

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As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, the Cigar World team wanted to do something pretty darn simple. Ask you, the best cigar fanatics on the planet, what cigar (or cigars) are you thankful for?

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Does an ashtray really matter? Pssh, to propose that question is like asking a golfer if their golf bag matters. Heck yeah it matters. Now don’t get me wrong, a quality ashtray isn’t nearly as important as having a reliable cutter or lighter. It’s not really going to affect your cigar smoking experience, but it’s all part of the lifestyle.

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In the world of premium, hand rolled, flavor infused cigars, there’s no brand more beloved or more dominant than ACID by Drew Estate.

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Deep Dive: Liga Privada

Well, this deep dive isn’t about any of Drew Estate’s flavored cigars. No no no. It’s about their breakthrough and ascent into super premium, top-shelf cigars with the brand none other than Liga Privada.

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