Friday, October 24, 2014

Tips to Enjoy a Cigar Like a Pro

We all start at the beginning with everything new we do in life. Enjoying a finely crafted cigar for the first time is no different. So, with that in mind, we've put together a few tips on the proper etiquette for cigar smoking so you can enjoy the experience without looking like a novice.


Choose the Right Cigar
If you're new to cigar smoking and you're offered a selection of cigars, it's wise to choose a milder, longer, fatter cigar. Most new cigar smokers make the mistake of choosing a shorter, thinner cigar. The problem with this choice is that short, thin cigars produce a hotter, more intense smoke. When smoking your first cigar, take it slow. It will be much smoother and will make for a more pleasant experience.  One puff every minute or so should keep it lit and ensure it does not burn too hot.

Remove the Cellophane
Need we say more…unless you like the smell and taste of burnt plastic?

Leave the Band On
This is mostly a matter of choice. However, trying to remove the band right off the bat may destroy the cigar, causing it to unravel. Although some cigar smokers remove the band for collecting, it's best to leave it until later. This will not only keep the cigar from unraveling during the smoke, but also show others that you have good taste in what you smoke. You can always remove the band towards the end of the smoke. The heat produced from the ember should loosen the adhesive of the band, making it easier to remove.

Cutting Your Cigar
Trying to smoke a cigar without cutting just makes you look like an amateur. Although you've probably seen guys bite the end off of their cigar before lighting it, it's not the best way to go about it. First, if you bite the end off your cigar you may bite too deep and destroy the wrapper, causing it to unravel. Second, biting the end off leaves a ragged end and you will get a mouth full of tobacco.  However, this is not necessarily a bad thing as some people like to chew on their cigars before and during the smoke. Finally, cutting the cigar lets others know you have a bit of class and style. Using a guillotine cigar cutter or cigar punch gets the best results without cutting too deep.

Cigar Lighting
Nothing will destroy the flavor of a cigar quicker than using the wrong lighter. Most cigar aficionados will agree that using a Zippo style lighter will fill the cigar with the taste of lighter fluid. If you must use a lighter, it's best to use a butane torch or soft flame lighter. However, most long-time cigar smokers refuse to use anything but wooden matches or a cedar stick from the box. They claim that using cardboard matches, or anything else, imparts a distasteful flavor that lasts throughout the cigar.

Don't Inhale
Cigar smoking isn't like smoking a cigarette. Cigar smoking is more of a relaxing social hobby in the company of others. A cigar is enjoyed slowly; like sipping a fine wine, not chugged like a cold beer on a hot day. For those reasons among others, cigar smokers don't inhale. Not only is inhaling bad form and ill-advised, it may make you look a bit foolish and give you a case of the “green-gills”. Nothing screams amateur like choking, gagging and wheezing from the thick smoke filling your lungs.

It's About the Taste
Cigars are about taste, they are not about the nicotine. In fact, talking about the taste of a good cigar is the most common way groups of cigar smokers bond with each other. Even if you are new to cigar smoking, most will appreciate your take on the brand being smoked. You can speak to them about how the cigar tastes when first lit and how the flavor changes as you smoke. You can also talk about the way it reacts on your palette and how it burns. Attention to details, such as these, will let others know you are one of them, and can appreciate a finely made cigar as much as they do.

When You're Done, Set It Down
Finally, when you're finished enjoying your cigar, simply let it go out in the ashtray. It's not proper etiquette to snuff a cigar like a cigarette. Since premium cigars maintain a certain humidity level (at least the good ones do), they don't stay lit unless puffed. Furthermore, cigars are not usually saved to relight later. Not only does it look a bit tacky to pull half a cigar out of your pocket, but they don't taste nearly as good.

Whether you're a novice cigar smoker or a seasoned veteran, following these rules for etiquette are of the utmost importance. Cigar smoking is something that is savored, enjoyed and shared with others.
To talk more about cigar smoking etiquette or any other cigar-related topic, please contact us. We are more than happy to help out fellow cigar smokers, anytime.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cigar Samplers When You Don't Know the Boss's Brand

Winter holidays are coming and it's that season when we all wonder what to get the boss. You know the boss loves a great cigar and you know the boss is picky about cigars. So, it's a gamble - make points by getting one of the favorite cigars, or not by getting something else the boss throws away later?

Why not give the boss cigar samplers? This says you know a great cigar is important to your boss, and it also says you know your boss likes more than one type of cigar. It says a lot that you know your boss's likes and dislikes, it shows you pay attention.

You can get a sampler that includes cigars from one blend, or you can get a sampler such as the Sweet 16 sampler that includes two cigars from 8 great blends. There are many samplers to choose from, and you don't have to choose on your own. We'd love to help you choose the best sampler so you score those points with your boss.

Before you contact us to get the perfect cigar sampler for your boss, we want to give you some advice on timing.

If you are going to purchase the cigars more than a week before you give them as a present, we'd suggest you also purchase a Humidipak. The Humidipak isn't expensive and it will keep the cigars from drying out before you give them as a present. Including the Humidipak will also help your boss who might want to keep the cigars at the office for a few weeks.

Ready to make those points with a cigar sampler holiday present? Just contact us  and we will make it easy for you!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Winston Churchill was the most famous cigar smoker in history

Winston Churchill, the great British statesman who led his country during the darkest days of World cigars. According to his profile in Cigar Aficionado, he discovered the joys of cigars while visiting Cuba as a war correspondent in 1895, covering the rebellion against Spanish rule. Thereafter he would consume between eight and ten cigars a day, though he would often allow them to burn out so that he could chew on them. He has an entire room at his home at Chartwell in which he regularly kept between 2,000 and 4,000 cigars at one time.
War II, was rarely without his favorite

As with most cigar fanciers, he preferred Cubans. He typically smoked Romeo y Julieta cigars as well as La Aroma de Cuba. He often smoked his cigars with a glass of brandy, combining two pleasures at once. He made certain that he was never far from his favorite cigars or deprived of them for very long. On one occasion, during a high altitude air flight, Churchill had a special oxygen mask devised so that he could continue happily puffing away in an unpressurized cabin at 15.000 feet.

On another occasion, when attending a luncheon with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, Churchill was informed that neither smoking nor drinking was allowed in the royal presence because of the king’s Muslim beliefs. Churchill duly informed the king that smoking and drinking were as sacred a rite for him, and the abstinence of the same was for His Majesty. Ibn Saud graciously accepted the point.

Churchill has been associated with cigars perhaps more than any other celebrity in history. Few photographs exist of the British statesman that do not include a cigar between his teeth or smoldering between his fingers. So great is the association that his name adorns a number of cigar brands.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Best Made, Classiest Cigar Lighters Available, Hands-Down

Few people like to go shopping alone. So why should you go it alone when it comes to shopping for the best made, classiest cigar lighters made?  Sit back, because we've taken the time to evaluate them all, and found the best made lighters for the novice as well as the most discriminating, experienced cigar smokers. However, these aren't just any lighters; these are works of art with the classiest look and feel you'll find, hands-down.

It doesn't matter if you're shopping for yourself or looking for a gift for your favorite cigar smoker, chances are, quality is of utmost concern to you. If you're an experienced cigar smoker and unfamiliar with the name S.T. Dupont, we're a bit surprised. The company has been around making cigar lighters and other smoking accessories for over 130 years and are still going strong to this day.
If you haven't had a chance to check them out before, S.T. Dupont lighters are made from only the finest materials and with a true dedication to craftsmanship. The quality and style has been so revered they've been copied by many that produce knock-offs practically since the day they started the company back in 1872. However, nobody has ever been able to come close to duplicating the finely crafted works of art they produce.

From a first glance you may think these are just like all lighters. Once you get into the details and see these lighters up close, you'll understand that they are much more. They are meant to be cherished for a lifetime and even passed from one generation to another. They are so elegant and stylized that even if they are given to someone who doesn't smoke, they'll be displayed alongside other family heirlooms for decades.

We know that cigar smokers have a taste for the better things in life and that includes everything right down to the smallest details. That's why we focus on things that others may overlook. We invite you to check out our selection of S.T. Dupont cigar lighters. We believe you'll also see the distinction between these and other lighters on the market right away.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Limited Edition Cigars for Limited Edition Moments

Most cigar smokers love the familiarity and the comfort that a quality name brand cigar can provide when on the golf course or just relaxing on the screened porch with family and friends. But sometimes the moment just calls for something more. Special occasions call for special enjoyment. If you are a true cigar aficionado, then you may need limited edition cigars to accompany the limited edition moments that can happen in life. Consider these palatable pleasures for when a baby is born, a bachelor party is happening, or if golf and cigars is your combination, then maybe it's witnessing a hole in one that is good enough reason to celebrate. 

When looking for cigars to represent those limited edition moments, consider these possibilities:
  • Padron 1964 Anniversary Limited Edition Maduro - Consistently ranked by cigar aficionados around the world as one of the best, this smoke offers the smooth yet complex flavor most knowledgeable smokers are looking for. Enjoy this supreme experience the way one savors a great single malt scotch. Better yet for a true indulgence, try them both together with a wise amount of moderation of course.

  • Avo 2013 Limited Edition "The Dominant 13th" - Thirteen wonderful cigars pleasantly packaged with a flash drive of some of Avo's best jazz scores. A master of both jazz and cigars, Avo decided to package them together to give you a taste and a listen of the two things he is a true master at.
 
  • Davidoff Royal - Just like there's a difference between good food and gourmet food, the Davidoff Royal Cigars are truly meant to be savored by the discerning and sophisticated cigar aficionado only. These cigars do sell at a premium price, but if you are looking for that once in a lifetime type of smoke with full body and a hint of creaminess to it, then this should be a consideration for your very special occasion cigar of choice.


The above list is just a few of the countless number of splendid cigars available online at Corona Cigar Company. Many more limited edition cigars are available, but exponentially more extraordinary standard cigars are also available for purchase. Please visit our website today for more information, and we're sure you will agree that we are simply the best online cigar store for premium quality and name brand, cigars, humidors, and cigar accessories.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How Jack Nicholson Came to Smoke Cigars

Jack Nicholson, the famous actor, known for his roles in “Easy Rider” and “Chinatown,” is also an avid cigar smoker, according to his profile in Cigar Aficionado. He became a regular cigar smoker rather late in life, in the early 1990s. He took up the habit, he says, to help wean himself off of the bad habit of cigarette smoking.

He explained that he had smoked cigars on and off starting when he played a cigar smoking character in “The Last Detail.” But he was primarily a cigarette smoker since he was a kid, though he did manage to quit for about ten years in the 1960s.

Nicholson had an epiphany when he took up golfing and found himself to be so nervous during a game that he was smoking half a pack each round. In order to cut down, he decided to light up a cigar at about the fifth hole. He found that smoking cigars calmed him just as effectively as did cigarettes.

Nicholson admits to liking good Cuban cigars, which he was able to get when he was filming “The Last Detail” in Canada. While he does not encourage smuggling Cuban cigars into the United States, where they are still illegal due to the embargo, he expressed support for lifting the embargo in order to give cigar smokers a break. And he will still puff on a good Cuban while out of the country. In the meantime he is said to favor Romeo y Julietas, Cohiba robustos and especially Montecristos while in the United States.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sometimes, Single Cigars Are Better!

Are you looking to enjoy a quality cigar but can’t justify buying a bundle or sampler pack? At the Corona Cigar Co. we offer you the perfect solution. Our single cigars give you the freedom to explore something new without breaking the bank.

Vast Variety
Whether you are looking for something unique or unable to find your favorite cigar Corona specializes in hundreds of brands. This not only makes your cigar experience more enjoyable but ensures that there is something for everyone. The in-depth storehouse consisting of over 2500 different products means you can find the perfect cigar for you.

Top Name Brand Cigars at Affordable Prices
We are not your everyday cigar company and our online store reflects our belief in offering you the finest quality products. Our brands cover a range of mild to medium to full body cigars; all at various prices to suit your budget. When it comes to affordability you’re the boss.

The Perfect Gift
Our single cigars make the perfect gift for the aficionado in your life. A great way to celebrate a birthday, new job or retirement you can create a unique gift with that special person in mind. We don’t want to brag but because of our wide selection we understand if you feel overwhelmed. Our gift cards are a great option, eliminating the headache of you having to choose. With our single cigars any time can be turned into something special. When you experience our cigars we want you to feel as if each one was selected and hand rolled just for you.

Variety, affordability and quality selection, Corona Cigar Co. has it all.  Now choosing one of our single cigars is easier than ever and the best part is you can have fun exploring while still keeping some money in the bank.

For more information on our product please visit Corona Cigar Co.