Perdomo started it. Other cigar manufacturers followed the trend Barrel Aged cigars. More and more producers bring barrel-aged cigars on the market since 2016. In some cases, the cigars are to be stored in oak barrels. Normally, the tobacco leaves mature for a while in oak barrels. But what are the benefits of storing the tobaccos in barrels? Do barrel-aged cigars taste better? Is the flavor more complex, more balanced? Is the flavor development more interesting than with other cigars? Questions that we  want to get to the bottom of. Do barrel aged cigars taste better? To answer this question, let’s try the best Barrel Aged cigars currently on the world market. First and foremost are the Perdomo Barrel Aged 12 Years Vintage cigars. Their tobaccos are aged for 12 years before being processed into a cigar. There are also barrel-aged cigars from VegaFina. Also jumping on the bandwagon is
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The predicate “premium” is given – as can be derived from the meaning of the word – only to cigars that are of special and best quality. However, when it comes to the term “premium cigars”, it goes one step further. The term defines how the cigars must be made. Good quality is not enough. At the same time, the seal Premium Cigars does not mean that the cigars taste, or that particularly old tobaccos must be used… What distinguishes Premium cigars from non-Premium cigars Premium cigars are made from 100% tobacco, with no other fillers added, and are rolled entirely by hand. Their filler consists of whole tobacco leaves. This is also known as a long filler, or a long filler cigar. In contrast, cigars consisting of a tobacco mixture of long and short fillers can be bought in stores, also called sandwich filler or medium filler. The lowest
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Supposedly, 80% of all CEOs and bosses smoke cigars. The cigar, a boss thing? That is probably more myth than truth. Today, students, the unemployed, interns, etc. enjoy cigars as much as managers and bosses. But bosses often want special cigars. Special cigars for the boss Are you looking for a cigar gift for your boss? Then we would like to present you a few ideas in the following. This goes from the small attention to the exclusive sampler, which is rarely available for purchase. Here follow the top 10 cigar gifts for the boss. Arturo Fuente Opus X Oscuro Sampler Once or twice a year, the very rare Arturo Fuente Opus X Oscuro Sampler comes to us. In the noble lacquered and very carefully processed box are a total of 15 luxury cigars from the Dominican Republic in five different formats. The cigars can not be bought regularly in
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After trips to Cuba, Nicaragua and Colombia, it was the turn of countries in the Caribbean and South America. Before the trip, we asked ourselves: In which countries can still undiscovered treasures be lifted? What is actually happening with cigars in South America right now? To find answers to these questions, we planned a trip to the Dominican Republic at the end of January. Afterwards, we were to continue via Ecuador, Peru and Panama to Honduras – always into the heart of tobacco cultivation and cigar production. Dominican Republic as a shining star What seemed boring to us at the beginning of the trip (the exciting countries followed later, after all) turned out to be a cigar mecca in the end. And not only that: it became apparent that the Dominican Republic is far ahead of all other countries – Nicaragua perhaps aside. The Dominican Republic’s manufacturers are extremely well
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“Davidoff cigars are overpriced or expensive. You pay for marketing here.” That’s what we hear all the time. At the same time, we’ve never smoked a bad Davidoff cigar. Some of the best tasting cigars have also come from this brand. We set out on a journey to dare a look behind the scenes. The program included a total of nine manufactories in four different countries. After the Dominican Republic, we went on to Ecuador, Peru and Panama. Why do Davidoff cigars have such consistency? A positive characteristic of Davidoff cigars is the consistency in taste. How is it possible that the taste of a cigar can be kept constant over decades? The question is answered with a look into the warehouses. Thousands of pilones are stored in nine halls. The bales contain countless varieties of tobacco with different degrees of maturity. The possibilities for adjusting blends are endless. This
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Never done a cigar and brandy tasting? You missed something. It has long been known that brandy works very well with cigars. Cigar experts like author Anwer Bati swear by cognac with a cigar. But cognac is still considered “dusty.” So why not try cigar with brandy? Carlos I, Amontillado, PX, Imperial and 1520 to the cigar In total, we tasted five Carlos I qualities to two cigars. The order went from the simple Carlos I, to the slightly more complex and dry Amontillado, to the sweeter PX, to the great Imperial, to the exclusive Carlos I 1520. The year 1520 alludes to the coronation of Carlos I (Karl V) as Roman-German king. We learn that brandy is made quite differently than cognac. Brandy de Jerez is produced using the solera method. The barrels used must have previously held sherry. This, of course, establishes a very close connection between these
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Admittedly, this is an odd title for a blog post about cigars. But today is less about the cigar itself. It’s just a minor accessory in a topic that concerns us all. It’s about overwork, underestimation, absentmindedness, creativity, and daydreaming. Daydreaming and absentmindedness have become key concepts in recent studies. They promise more creativity and a healthier life. And the cigar forces us to take these important time-outs in our devilishly fast-paced lives. Daydreaming is the opposite of concentration Many people are focused far too often. This is the conclusion of the study “The restless mind”. Rather, life has always been about allocating attention. In the past, this ability served for survival, today it serves creativity and a healthier life. Those who can switch off in between without thinking about anything lead a better life. In the Age of Enlightenment, things were different. At that time, being distracted was considered
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