See the dates of Rocky Patel’s tour through Europe

Rocky Patel will go on a European tour this summer. Starting end of June he will visit seven events in five countries. Rocky will be accompanied by Kolja Kukuk, Director of Marketing & Sales Europe at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Inc.

Cigar Industry


Nominees for 2016 Golden Band Awards Named by Davidoff

Davidoff announced the Fifth Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring Appointed Davidoff Merchants. The Fifth Annual Awards show will be part of a Davidoff event on July 26th at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

Travel & Countries

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Visiting Cuba: “Before the Americans Come”

The idea that change is around the corner for Cuba is widespread right now. The change itself is being predicted to happen any time between this year and ten years from now. But most Cubans and outsiders do expect grand changes to occur soon.

Ratings & Awards


Looking Back: Cigar Journal’s Best Buy Cigars of 2015

We combed through our blind tastings from the year 2015 again to find out which cigars received particularly good evaluations during the course of the year but are offered for a much lower price compared to others of the same rating.

Smoky Spirits

Basics & Knowledge

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Cellophane Wrapper: What is it exactly?

Anyone who smokes cigars is well acquainted with the good old cellophane wrapper. Except for Cuban cigars, which haven’t been packaged in cellophane since 1992, the majority of today’s cigars are bundled in this see-through packaging material. But what exactly is cellophane, and why is it so popular?

Cigar Life & Culture

From the Magazine

Photo: Irene Rittler

Denmark: A Tobacco Nation in the Back Rooms

The scene is small and everyone knows everyone, but signs of a trend reversal are there. There are in fact individual, young, cigar-smoking Danes around – a harbinger that Danish cigar culture is slowly gaining momentum again.

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El Panteón: The former La Corona Factory

El pantéon – hall of fame or cemetery – depending on the translation – was what the torcedores called the La Corona factory. Built by the American Tobacco Company, later under the name of Tabacalera Cubana, the factory operated a total of 91 brands.

Photo: Simon Lundh

How Many Leaves Go Into Making One Cigar?

The answer isn’t as straight-forward as you might think. Of course, it’s obvious that the amount of tobacco used will vary considerably from Vitola to Vitola, and that it will also be influenced by the density of the roll. It can be said that the wrapper and the binder each use one half of a tobacco leaf.

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Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

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Cigar Trivia: Wrapper Colors

Cigars not only come in different forms. As well, the color spectrum of the wrapper is impressively extensive, and each one is the result of several different factors and processes that also influence how a cigar tastes.