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Cuban Cigars. Are They Really Better?

I have not smoked a wide selection of Cuban cigars (I have had a few). The ones I had were of high quality, but they packed a little more power than I was comfortable with. As a result, I usually stick to South and Central American Cigars.

Famous Smoke has a nice article that addresses a lot of issues that might pop up if the Cuban embargo is "thawed".

With a production model that only uses Cuban tobacco and limited real estate to grow said tobacco, this model of rolling Cuban puros is doomed to stretch resources extremely thin to the point where they will likely sacrifice quality across the board, including EMS cigars, to meet demand. Queen and country won’t be too happy about this, but lifting the embargo to create this mess is just another way America can be a thorn in the side of the English.

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Happy Birthday Richard Overton

Richard Overton turns 109

The oldest WWII Veteran turns 109. Still puffing on his stogies...

AUSTIN, Tex. (WLS) -- The oldest living World War II veteran is turning 109 with a week of celebrations.

Richard Overton's birthday is next Monday, but his friends and family threw him a big bash this past weekend in Austin, Texas. More than 100 people showed up, including Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin Police's assistant chief.

Idiots in the Senate Are At It Again

They can't seem to mind their own business...

Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed new legislation that would increase the federal tax on cigarettes by 94 cents and “set tax rates for other tobacco products at an equivalent rate.” The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) estimates that rate to be 37.4 cents per cigar.

Mitchell Orchant Releases a New Cigar

In 2012, Mitchell Orchant—best known for being the managing director of C. Gars Ltd, a family of stores in the U.K.—launched Inka Secret Blend Cigars, a collection of Peruvian puros made in partnership with Gennaro Lettieri of Tabacalera del Oriente. Inka Secret Blend offered Orchant the ability to not only offer cigars that tasted rather different than the wide array of Cubans and “new world” cigars his customers normally had access to, but also at a substantial value.

Cigar Use Doubled! That's Not a Bug, It's a Feature.

THAT'S the finding of a study in the US where the consumption of cigars doubled from 6.2 million in 2000 to more than 13.7 billion in 2011 - in contrast with a 33 per cent reduction in cigarette consumption over the same period.

Excuse me while I LOL. Twice 6.2 million is not 13.7 billion. :) How can we trust these smoke nazis' data if they can't even add two numbers together?

Top 10 Android Cigar Apps

For those who like cigars, little is better than kicking back and enjoying their latest flavor. However, for those new to the scene, it can seem a little daunting. Knowing where to buy from, what to buy or even how to enjoy cigars. With that in mind, here are ten android apps which cigars lovers (both experienced and novice) might want to check out.

Relight?

Cigar Aficionado has some advice on relighting your cigar:

Often while smoking during a busy day for instance, you get involved in a meeting or a conversation, and the cigar often goes out. Sure, it may not be the best thing for a cigar because in drawing the flame over a burnt end, you suck in some of the carbonized tobacco. And, if you relight it too many times, the cigar will get harsh from the heat alone.

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