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Music and Cigars

Music and Cigars

Music and Cigars, when you say those two words, most people will think jazz. Because of the old image of a smoky jazz bar. But that’s not where we are going with this story. We are going to talk about cigars in music. There are songs about anything. And because of...

The stupidity of cigar legislation

The stupidity of cigar legislation

The stupidity of cigar legislation. We get it, cigarettes are bad. And we agree with that. Cigarettes are tobacco, cigars are tobacco, so cigars must be bad, right? Well, no! But most politicians and the general public are too lazy, or dumb, to inform themselves. And...

The history of the cigar store Indian

The history of the cigar store Indian

The history of the cigar store Indian. No, that history doesn’t start in America. Even though cigar store Indians are now considered Americana. The story of the cigar store Indians starts in the United Kingdom. In the late 16th century, the British started to import...

The cigar insurance myth

The cigar insurance myth

The cigar insurance myth. As a cigar smoker, you probably heard that story more than once. According to the legend, some smart-ass insured his cigars against fire. And after smoking, filed a claim that he lost the cigars due to a series of small fires. And that it...

Always support the little guys

Always support the little guys

Always support the little guys. And no, we don’t mean just the boutique blends. What we mean are the privately owned cigar brands and retailers. And that goes all the way from that tiny tobacconist at the end of the street to big, yet privately owned, brands like...

La Casa del Habano List

La Casa del Habano List

La Casa del Habano list, where to find them. What is a La Casa del Habano? That’s a question answered easily. La Casa del Habano is a franchise, specialized in Cuban cigars. Not just specialized, but they only sell cigars from Cuba. And Cuban oriented accessories. And...

Duty-free allowances worldwide

Duty-free allowances worldwide

Duty-free allowances worldwide. Last December, Ministry of Cigars published a number of articles on the different duty-free allowances worldwide. And published a complete list of all the allowances worldwide. But with the vacation period around the corner, it’s time...

An interview with Tony Hoevenaars

An interview with Tony Hoevenaars

Tony Hoevenaars is the Managing Director of Cubacigar Benelux. Cubacigar Benelux is the distributor of Cuban cigars in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. And recently, they filed a lawsuit versus the Dutch state about the new legislation. Reason for us to do an...

The stupidity of the new wave of legislation

The stupidity of the new wave of legislation

The stupidity of the new wave of legislation. And why it doesn't work. This is an editorial. Inspired by the latest news from The Netherlands. I was born and raised in that country. And I worked in the tobacco industry. So I can’t keep quiet about the proposed laws...

What is Habanos?

What is Habanos?

What is Habanos? A lot of people are under the impression that Habanos is all and everything Cuban cigars. But that is not the case. Cubatabaco is all about tobacco growing. Tabacuba handles the cigar production. Habanos is all about distribution and sales. Cubatabaco...

Don’t complain about a stem in your cigar

Don’t complain about a stem in your cigar

Don't complain about a stem in your cigar. Take a look on social media, or hang out in cigar lounges. Chances are that every once in a while you will hear complaints about a stem in a cigar. Complaints like “this is a 10 dollar cigar and doesn’t suppose to have a...

A breakdown of global sales

A breakdown of global sales

A breakdown of global cigar sales, for cigars from Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and other countries. For over a decade we hear Habanos claim that they control seventy percent of the market. That is excluding the American market due to the embargo....

Pronica donates 34.950 dollars to charity

Pronica donates 34.950 dollars to charity

Pronica donates 34.950 dollars to charity. The charity, founded by Sasja Van Horssen of Longfiller Company, revealed the amount they managed to make for 2018 during an event last Saturday. The event took place at Van Horssen’s flagship store Cigaragua, in Amsterdam’s...

Interview with Nick Hammond

Interview with Nick Hammond

Interview with Nick Hammond. Years ago, during a cigar event, we met Nick Hammond. Hammond was at the event as a reporter for Cigar Journal and we were part of the organization. And since we are all cigar smokers, it was instant friendship. Earlier this week, we saw...

The vibrant cigar scene of Kuala Lumpur

The vibrant cigar scene of Kuala Lumpur

The vibrant cigar scene of Kuala Lumpur. Now you might not suspect to see a vibrant cigar scene in a country like Malaysia. But the Malaysian economy has been growing fast over the last decade despite being one of the laziest countries in the world. Kuala Lumpur is...

Run for Pronica 2019

Run for Pronica 2019

Pronica is a foundation, started by Sasja van Horssen, the largest independent cigar importer in The Netherlands. A few years ago Van Horssen hosted a dinner with Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua at his shop Van Dalen Cigars in Rotterdam. We were invited too....

What’s your favorite cut?

What’s your favorite cut?

Last week we asked what your favorite cigar country was, this week we would like to know what your favorite way is to decap a cigar. It seems that the V-Cut made a huge comeback in the last few years and is quite popular. The flat cut remains the most used cut and...

CSWC Qualifier Kuala Lumpur

CSWC Qualifier Kuala Lumpur

A few years ago, when the Cigar Smoking World Championship wasn't as huge as it is today, I read about the event. And my first reaction was "cigar smoking is about relaxation, competition and cigars don't go together". And I was pretty vocal about that on social...

What’s your favorite cigar producing country?

What’s your favorite cigar producing country?

Cuba is the origin of the cigar, and the country remains popular amongst cigar smokers. Yet, after the revolution, a lot of knowledge fled the country and started a new life and new businesses elsewhere. First on the Canary Islands, then moving on Central America. And...

The current state of Cuban cigars

The current state of Cuban cigars

When it comes to Cuban cigars, we don’t know if we should praise them or criticize them. There is plenty of things to complain about, but on the other hand, Habanos has shown some sheer brilliance. Quality control Let’s start with the criticism. First of all, there’s...

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