Cigar Review: Tabacalera del Oriente San Martin

When I came back from Lima, Peru, I noted that it’s not exactly a cigar-friendly place. That’s not to say that tobacco isn’t a thing in the whole country — in fact, there’s at least one cigar manufacturer who grows their own tobacco, ages it in their own warehouses, and fabricates cigars locally all within the country of Peru. Today we’re looking at one of their creations, the San Martin by Tabacalera del Oriente

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Review: Les Fines Lames Le Petit Cigar Cutter Knife

To me, cigar smoking is all about the experience. The process of selecting a good cigar, cutting the cap, lighting the foot, and sitting still for an hour or so watching the world go by. It’s nice to be able to unplug for a minute and slow down. As such, the tools I use are important to me, and Les Fines Lames’ new Le Petit is a cigar cutter that I’ve been lusting after for months. Now I finally had a chance to use it… and I have some mixed feelings.

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Review: Zippo Butane Lighter Insert

Zippo lighters are damn near ubiquitous, and the attractive design can be customized to meet any style. All of which makes them popular among smokers, but because the lighter fluid used in their standard mechanism can easily taint the flavor of a cigar, they have remained basically unusable for us cigar smokers. There are aftermarket inserts available to convert Zippo lighters to use clean and tasteless butane, but Zippo itself has never offered them as an option. Until now.

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