The Top 40 Cigar Sites You Should Follow and Why

Cigar and Humidor Top Sites Award - 2019

 

1. The Humidor Blog 

 

What Do We Like?

TheHumidor.com describes itself as “news, reviews, recommendations and travel stories to tobacco-growing countries”. Although based out of a Florida brick and mortar store,  the focus is not on pushing product, but rather the bigger issues and stories surrounding the industry. They have extensively researched articles (check out “How Cigar Tobacco is Grown in Connecticut”, for example). Still a relatively new blog, look for this to grow in the months to come.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.thehumidor.com/

 

2. The Custom Cigar Humidor Blog 

 

What Do We Like?

Michael Dixon makes beautiful custom made premium humidors. His blog centers on his working process (along with fascinating photos from the workshop), up to and including an examination of the materials he uses (see the post on spalted maple, for example). This blog perfectly lives at the intersection of woodworking and cigar culture.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.michaeldixonhumidors.com/blog/

 

3. JR Cigars’ The Blending Room blog

 

What Do We Like?

The site says “Take a deep dive into the world of cigars with our blog” and they aren’t kidding. Lots of reviews of individual brands of cigars brands and humidors. Extra points for being regularly updated. Also check out “JR University” for plenty of learning resources.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.jrcigars.com/blending-room/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrcigars

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jrcigars/

 

4. Humidor for You

 

What Do We Like?

Strictly a blog and information resource, so they’re not trying to sell you their product (although Amazon links are present if they’ve piqued your interest). The site mostly centers on humidors and other accessories, but they also have other listings, such as  ‘The 10 Best Cigar Quotes”. Lots of posts on celebrities in the cigar world.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://humidorforyou.com/blog/

 

5. Half Wheel

 

What Do We Like?

If you’re looking for no nonsense cigar news without any hype, Half Wheel is your source. Think of them as the Sports Illustrated for cigars.  Half Wheel is the place to go if you’re serious about wanting to know what’s going on in the world of cigars. Their mission statement makes this clear: “we want to be the place where people in the cigar industry turn to daily”.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://halfwheel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halfwheel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halfwheel/?hl=en

 

6. Cigar Inspector

 

What Do We Like?

Right from the front page, Cigar Inspector gives you immediate reviews of any cigar you could think of.  The layout is handy when you have a particular brand that bears some research. Reviews are conveniently divided into Cubans and non-Cubans. For the newcomer, ‘Cigars 101’ provides a deep education into all things cigar.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.cigarinspector.com/

 

7. Cigar Journal

 

What Do We Like?

Cigar Journal is one of the top Cigar-focused magazines around and their site reflects that. But it’s not just repeating material from the print version; online exclusive content abounds. Cigar Journal is a deep dive of information and interviews.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.cigarjournal.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CigarJournal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cigarjournalmag/ 

 

8. Cigar Advisor

 

What Do We Like?

Famous Smoke calls themselves “The #1 Magazine for Cigar Smokers” and we’re not questioning them. Lots of guides, news, and interviews fill the site. Check out the section of instructional videos for helpful information on things like “How to Season a Humidor”.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.famous-smoke.com/cigaradvisor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CigarAdvisor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cigaradvisor/

 

9. Cigar Reviews 

 

What Do We Like?

If there was an award for the site that covers the most ground above and beyond cigar culture, this is the one. Kohnhed.com is “Cigar Reviews by Phil 'Katman' Kohn” and the Katman has lived a full and rich life. Join him as he explores, reviews, and enjoys a range of cigars, all while telling fascinating stories from his life.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://kohnhed.com/

 

10. Cgars

What Do We Like?

Mitchell Orchant runs C.Gars Ltd, a UK based cigar merchant and his blog is a wonderful look at the high-end English cigar experience. His blog reads like the society pages for cigar events all over Great Britain. Reading through it you’ll feel like you’re attending a posh soiree on Mayfair Street.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk/cigarblog

 

11. Cigar Craig

What Do We Like?

Cigarcraig.com is a one-man operation devoted to personal reviews of various cigars. Craig is a friendly voice who comes across as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable friend. He also has an active podcast under the same name. But best of all, Craig provides the much-needed definition of “herf”.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.cigarcraig.com/

 

12. Cigar Dojo

What Do We Like?

The professional design and layout will strike you first about this website created by self-described “cigar fanatics”. Lots and lots of reviews, news, and lifestyle tips make this the Askmen of the cigar world. Check out their mobile app as well.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://cigardojo.com/

 

13. Regency Cigar

What Do We Like?

Regency Cigar Emporium is an established Rhode Island cigar merchant with a well attended cigar bar. Their frequently updated blog is filled with informed reviews and updates to their inventory. Right to the point, they bring a ton of knowledge about what the customer wants.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://regencycigar.com/blog/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/regencycigar/

 

14. Gotham Cigars

What Do We Like?

Unpretentious and straightforward, the Gotham Cigars blog provides reviews and news from around the cigar world.  Plenty of references to their inventory without any pushy selling, their blog reads like a friendly newsletter.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.gothamcigars.com/blog/

 

 

15. Drew Estate

 

What Do We Like?

“The Rebirth of Cigars” they proclaim, and Drew Estate’s story is certainly one of struggle and rebirth as they’ve built their brand. In addition to talking about their products, their blog highlights a number of events and competitions run by the company. Enter to win prizes every week!

How to get in touch:

Website: https://drewestate.com/blog/

 

16. Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

What Do We Like?

If ever there was the internet equivalent of your wise great uncle pontificating about cigars, this is it. Not sure who the author behind Urban Fishing Pole Cigars is, but whoever he (she? they?) is (are) they’re enjoying life with a good cigar. Sometimes cigar news, sometimes cigar related advice, and sometimes just a daily pondering.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://urbanfishingpolecigars.com/

 

17. Stogie Review

What Do We Like?

This blog is three men (Walt, Brian, and Ben) reviewing cigars and talking to various members of the industry at cigar events. The interviews tie in nicely with their Youtube channel. They’re a personable group who are eager to share their enthusiasms.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.stogiereview.com/

 

18. Fine Tobacco NYC

What Do We Like?

Fine Tobacco NYC is a cigar and spirits blog as well as the hosts of numerous events dedicated to those pleasures. No-holds barred reviews and news reports, read through this blog to get the straight dope. Lots of reviews of cigars and spirits in equal measure. Sign up for their pairing events in New York City.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://finetobacconyc.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/finetobacconyc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finetobacconyc/

 

19. Stogie Press

What Do We Like?

Stogie Press touts itself as “news, reviews, and entertainment”, all centered around cigars and Florida-based events. Their aptly named “Big List” of reviews is, indeed, big, with the ability to search nearly any brand.  The well-organized blog is regularly updated with reviews following a uniform template, making comparisons that much easier.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://stogiepress.com/most-recent-posts/ 

 

20. Developing Palates

What Do We Like?

Developing Palates is a record of the cigar and drink explorations by their reviewers, also serving to hopefully educate their readers. Cigar and drink reviews dominate the posts, but they aren’t afraid to also review a Kentucky Fried Chicken Cheetos sandwich. Cigar reviews in particular are very structured to make comparisons easy. They also have two entertaining Youtube shows (archived here): “Pour n’Tell” and “The Formula”

How to get in touch:

Website: https://developingpalates.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DevelopingPalates

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/developing_palates/

 

21. Cigar Sense

What Do We Like?

Cigar Sense is a sort of cigar matching service. In their words: “We learn your unique tastes then recommend fine cigars to match them.'' Fill out their questionnaires and they recommend brands for you. The analyses on the website are very thorough and scientific with interesting graphs of nose and mouth perceptions of each subject. Top points for filling an untapped market.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.cigarsense.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cigarsense/?fref=ts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cigarsense/

 

22. Blend Bar Cigar

What Do We Like?

Blend Bar with Davidoff Cigars is a lounge and cigar bar brand with locations across the U.S.  Their blog reports on interesting happenings at their locations, other cigar locations of interest, and of course notable cigars and alcohol. The whole site makes you feel like you’ve been let into a very fancy country club where the other members want you to feel at home.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.blendbarcigar.com/category/blog/

 

23. Cigar Weekly

What Do We Like?

Cigar Weekly is an online magazine written by a variety of experienced contributors. Look for a number of reviews of individual cigar brands and the “Hangman Budget Pairings - Tales from the Lower Shelf”: reviews of cigar and spirit pairings that are budget-friendly. The reviews have a friendly, casual tone like meeting a friend at the cigar store.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.cigarweekly.com/

 

 

24. Torch Cigar Bar

What Do We Like?

Torch Cigar Bar is based out of Phoenix where they host a number of events pairing cigars and spirits. Their blog has a much wider range of topics that tend toward the educational, ie: “Flying Dos and Don’ts for Cigar Lovers”. This blog is very clear cut and approachable. As their tagline says: “Cigars are a way of life. This is our blog about it.”

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.torchcigarbar.com/cigar/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torchcigarbar

 

25. Cigar Insight

What Do We Like?

Cigar Insight is organized like a national newspaper devoted to cigars, complete with lifestyle and editorial sections. Topics covered go beyond standard reviews (of which there are plenty) to include articles on the industry, the world of cigar bars and brick and mortar stores, tips for your collection, and even tobacco pipes. It’s the New York Times for cigars.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://cigarinsight.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CigarInsight/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CigarInsightPics/

 

26. Cao Cigars

What Do We Like?

CAO Cigars is a Nicaragua-based manufacturer and their blog is a great introduction to their line of products. It’s filled with lots of reviews, announcements, and giveaways to lucky customers. They also host a number of sponsored events around the country. A great insider’s view of the industry.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://caocigars.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caocigars/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/CAOCigars/ 

 

27. North Woods Humidors

What Do We Like?

Northwood Humidors is a small but mighty humidor store based out of Chicago, but their blog extends well beyond humidors. Lots of cigar reviews, of course, but also in-depth interviews with cigar CEOs and influencers. Definitely a blog that focuses on the interesting personalities behind the business. Think of it as the Forbes Magazine of the cigar world.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.northwoodshumidors.com/cigar-blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northwoodshumidors

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northwoodshumidors/

 

28. Humidor Guide

What Do We Like?

If you needed a step-by-step “Humidor for Dummies” (but one that wasn’t limited to the basics) book online, The Humidor Guide would be it. This site covers everything from humidor construction, preparation, use, and troubleshooting. This should be your go-to page for any humidor questions you may have.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.humidor-guide.com/

 

29. Cigar Obsession

What Do We Like?

Cigar Obsession follows, yes, one man’s cigar obsession as he reviews premium hand rolled cigars. Lots of videos of unboxing and reviews, Bryan Glynn also hosts ‘CO Live’: a very well done online interactive video and chat with cigar industry leaders with an active audience. He also posts lots of promotions and giveaways from various cigar distributors.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://cigarobsession.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cigarobsession

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cigarobsession/

 

30. Cigar Guide

What Do We Like?

Cigar Guide is all cigar reviews. A one man operation,  the blog traces his progress as he sits with one cigar at a time, offering his very organized (dare we say scientific) insight into each brand he encounters. It’s like sitting with a very knowledgeable, well-travelled friend on his porch as he offers his thoughts on cigars. 

How to get in touch:

Website: https://cigarguideorg.wordpress.com/

 

31. Tiny Tim Blog

What Do We Like?

Tiny Tim’s Cigar World is one man’s cigar review platform. In Tim’s words: “The place for ‘no fluff’ cigar reviews. Straight to the point.” He sits with each cigar and describes his tasting not unlike a wine review. This is someone you’d want with you during a trip to the cigar store.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://tinytimblog.blogspot.com/

 

 

32. Stogies on the Rocks

What Do We Like?

Stogies on the Rocks was created by a group of guys wanting to explore pairing cigars and spirits. They proudly proclaim that they’re not aficionados, just that “We just really enjoy our cigars and our spirits”. Their cigar reviews are personal but all follow a similar template for easy comparison. These are the guys you pleasantly chat with at the cigar bar.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://www.stogiesontherocks.com/cigar-review/brand/

 

33. Cuban Cigars Culture Lifestyle

What Do We Like?

Getting right to the source of the world’s capital for cigars, Cuban Cigars, Culture and Lifestyle is a blog that starts with cigars and expands to much, much more, truly talking about all things Cuban. They paint a fascinating picture of the country that would make anyone want to visit Cuba immediately. No Cuban stone is unturned: a recent blog post is titled “The Lost Art of Embedded Sidewalk Signage (Havana)

How to get in touch:

Website: http://cubancigarsculturelifestyle.blogspot.com/

 

34. Smokin Ronnie's blog

What Do We Like?

Smoking Ronnie puts it succinctly at the top of his blog: “I’m a cook”. This blog celebrates his enthusiasms, sometimes leaving a picture to perform the service of a thousand words. Equal parts cigars and barbeque, breeze through the listings and enjoy both with Ronnie.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://smokinronniesbbq.blogspot.com/

 

35. Toast and Vine

What Do We Like?

Toast and Vine is the blog of Stephen and Stephanie Blank, a married couple with a shared enthusiasm for wine and cigars. Each cigar review is uniformly formatted for easy comparisons and includes a suggested wine pairing. They include some news items, but mostly just record their enthusiasms.  This is the couple whose dinner party you’d most like to attend.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.toastandvine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToastandVine/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toastandvine/

 

36. Think Cigar

What Do We Like?

Think Cigar reports on cigar-related news and other related stories connected to cigars. For example, a recent lengthy but fascinating post is on the ‘Lector’, or reader in Cuban cigar factories, who reads to the employees as they work. They also have regular giveaways to regular readers of the blog.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://thinkcigar.com/ 

 

37. The Cigar Smoking Man

What Do We Like?

The Cigar Smoking Man is all about “Smokin’, drinkin’, and writin’”, which makes for a fascinating blog. The “drinkin’” entries are not your typical cigar spirits: he’s recently  posted a number of tiki bar recipes. This is the website of a man enjoying himself and living well.

How to get in touch:

Website: http://thecigarsmokingman.com/

 

 

38. Cutter Cigar and Spirits 

What Do We Like?

Cutter’s Blog is the domain of Cutters Cigars and Spirits, an upscale shop in Georgia. The blog is a display of various cigar treasures as they arrive in the store. Reading through the blog feels like getting the inside scoop that the store saves for special customers.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://cutterscigarandspirits.com/blog/

 

39. Smoke Easy 

 

What Do We Like?

Smoke Easy is “ … where discerning smokers congregate”. Written by Malik Cobb, cigar coach, he reports on all news items cigar-related with the voice of someone with a lot of experience. His posts cover a fascinating range of topics, including  announcing new products, stories about cigar personalities, or reports on legislation that affects cigar customers and businesses.

How to get in touch:

Website: https://www.smokeasy.net/blog

 

40. Vitola

What Do We Like?

Vitola is exclusively about Cuban cigars. Lots of reviews (with beautiful close-up pictures) abound, each one telling a story about the experience of smoking that brand. It’s not all personal prose, as Robert Unsworth gives facts and demographics (although as he says, he doesn’t “believe in rating cigars, as taste is subjective”)

How to get in touch:

Website: https://vitola.me/ 

  

 

 


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