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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Serious Cigars: Your Online Cigar Store for All Your Smoking Requirements

What makes Serious Cigars a good online cigar store?
We give you an enormous range of choices in brands. You can find everything from the least expensive to the highest level of premium value here on our site. Many of the most popular brands in the US such as Macanudos, Montecristos, and Nat Shermans are premier, featured brands in our online offerings. You can count on finding prices and cigar discounts that will appeal to you regardless of whether you are a beginner, an occasional smoker, or a serious, veteran cigar aficionado.

The inventory at
www.seriouscigars.com is live. It is updated every time someone makes a purchase. We have designed our system to remove each cigar purchase from the site the moment that it happens. We do not have to manually update the site, so whatever you see in stock when you browse through our selection is exactly what we have in stock for you to choose from.

What is the most important thing other than cigars for me to buy from your online cigar store?
You need to buy a humidor if you have not already bought one. It is the most important cigar product you will ever buy. If you already have a humidor, we also have humidifiers and other humidor products that you may need for your particular brand and type of humidor.

What cigar accessories do you sell?
We sell all sorts of products to make the lives of both beginning cigar smokers and veteran cigar aficionados truly complete and happy. Examples of our cigar accessories include containers, cigar cutters, lighters, and cases. We also have other accessories like cigar markers, coffee mugs, and cigar products for the golf course.

What distinguishes it's online quality?
Our online cigar store offers you a wide selection of cigars that are available. You will find cheap cigars or premium cigars, mild cigars or full-bodied cigars. You can find the cigars you're looking for at the lowest prices, and guaranteed to be fresh.

What benefits does an online cigar store like yours offer to smokers on a budget who can't spend a lot of money?
Websites have played a major role in the rise in cigar sales over the past decade. The Internet has revolutionized our industry. It has made it easy and inexpensive to purchase cigars. There are no hassles, and procurement can be handled anonymously if you wish.

Why should I consider purchasing cigars online?
You can count on getting some really great deals that you will have a hard time finding in a brick and mortar cigar store. On our site, you will find every major and boutique cigar label conveniently listed for you to browse through and purchase. Our site is very easy to navigate because all the cigar manufacturers are listed alphabetically.

Do you have free shipping on any cigars?
Yes. There are certain cigar boxes you can buy from us that offer free ground freight. Some of these include Arturo Fuente cigars, including all Don Carlos, Hemingway and most of the Gran Reserva lines. Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 and 1992, Don Pepin Cigars, Tatuaje Cigars.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cigar Wrappers

Cigar wrappers make cigars taste great and look fantastic.

What makes cigar wrappers different from cigarette wrappers?
Cigars are made of three different types of tobacco leaves. The variation of these leaves determine the characteristics of the cigar.

The outer leaves of the cigar are the cigar wrapper. They come from the broadest part of the plant. The wrapper adds much to the character and flavor of the cigar. It also defines the color of the cigar as a whole.

A cigarette is distinguished from a cigar by its smaller size, use of processed leaf, and paper wrapping, which is usually white, though other colors are available. Cigars are typically composed entirely of whole-leaf tobacco.

How are cigar wrappers made?
A cigar's outermost leaves, or wrapper, come from the widest part of the plant. The wrapper determines much of the cigar's character and flavor, and as such its color is often used to describe the cigar as a whole. Colors are designated as follows, from lightest to darkest.

How is the cigar wrapper prepared?
After tobacco leaves have aged, they are sorted out to be used as fillers or wrappers. Quality and appearance determine which leaves will become wrappers. Leaves are moistening and handled very carefully to ensure the integrity of every leaf.


Leaves are bailed, then inspected, then unbaled, then reinspected, then baled over again as they continue to mature. At the height of their maturity, leaves are then used to make cigars.

Where are cigar wrappers grown?
The tobacco that is used to make cigar wrappers is grown in the Latin American Countries of Brazil, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, and Honduras. In Asia, it is grown in Indonesia, Sumatra, and the Philippines.

Some of the more notable cigar wrappers are grown in the West African country of Cameroon, and some cigar tobacco is grown in the Eastern United States.

Why are so many cigar wrappers grown in these other countries?
It has a lot to do with soil content and climate. The best environment for tobacco to grow is in ground that is rich and loamy. The optimal climate conditions are those where it is moist and mild throughout the year. Such conditions not only contribute to the health and vitality of the plants, but they also contribute to how tobacco tastes.

In fact, if you take a seed from tobacco in say, Cameroon, and grow it in Brazil or Kentucky, the product you produce will taste differently than the Cameroon parent plants.

Because of this, you will always see on our site a strong emphasis on cigar wrapper and the country of origin. This is both to help the new cigar smoker learn more about their new passion, and to also give experienced smokers a very vital piece of information to the art and lifestyle of smoking cigars.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Cigars

What are cigars?
By definition, a cigar is a tight roll of cured, fermented tobacco leaves that can be ignited and smoked. The intention of smoking a cigar is to draw the smoke into the mouth only (not the lungs) so the flavor of the tobacco can be tasted and savored.

How are they different from cigarettes?
A cigar is different from a cigarette. Cigarettes are made of finely cut tobacco rolled up in thin pieces of paper. Cigars are made entirely from tobacco leaves (wrapper) and filler.

Cigarette tobacco contains all types of additives and is intended to be inhaled into the lungs as a stimulant.

Smoking a cigar is more like being a wine taster. You are after the palate—not the effect.

Where is cigar tobacco grown?
The tobacco used to make cigars is grown primarily in Latin America in countries such as Brazil, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. It is also grown in other parts of the world as well in nations such as Sumatra, The Philippines, Indonesia, and Cameroon.

Some cigar tobacco is also grown in the Easter portion of the United States.

What makes a good cigar?
Aficionados agree that the tobacco and the method of construction make a great cigar great.

First and foremost, it has to be handmade.

Next, it has to have the right amount of filler. Fewer leaves in the filler means it will burn more quickly and it will smoke faster. This may or may not be good depending on the point of view of the smoker. If it is under filled, that means it probably has too many air pockets in the filler and simply burns too quickly.

On the other hand, if the filler is overfilled, then it will be much harder to draw smoke. This is why a balanced amount of filler really needs to be carefully placed in each and every roll. This will ensure that when the cigar is let, it will burn evenly at the anticipated rate.

If there is an uneven burn, then the rolling process was probably not done correctly.

What are some other qualities of fine cigars?
Believe it or not, another sign of quality is the ash. There is nothing more annoying than ash falling off at inconvenient and unpredictable times. Instead, you should be able to move the cigar about without ashing all over your clothes or the floor.

The texture of a fine cigar feels both springy and firm to the touch. It also feels smooth and has only one shade of leaves in the wrapper.

What does cigar tobacco taste like?
It should be smooth and flavorful. It should never be harsh or burn the mouth. The flavor of the cigar is determined by a number of factors, such as the aging and curing of tobacco, and what is done to ferment it. Fermenting tobacco improves the flavor and also preserves it.

Additional flavors can also be added to the tobacco, as you can see by simply scrolling through the many brands advertised here on Serious Cigars.

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Arturo Fuente Cigars
CAO Cigars
Acid Cigars
Macanudo Cigars
Zino Platinum Crown Cigars
Avo Cigars
Romeo y Julieta Cigars
La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Montecristo cigars
Padron Cigars
Zino Platinum Scepter Cigars
Carlos Torano Cigars
Cohiba Cigars
Punch Cigars
Graycliff Cigars
601 Cigars
Don Pepin Cigars
Camacho Cigars
Al Capone Cigars
Ashton Cigars
Baccarat Cigars
Cojimar Cigars
Helix Cigars
Kahlua Cigars
Perdomo Cigars
La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Makers Mark Cigars
Rocky Patel Cigars
Vigilante Cigars
Cusano Cigars