Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quick Facts: About J.F.Kennedy

John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Made Petit Upmann Cigars

At times of great tension between the United States and Cuba, John F. Kennedy placed an embargo on all of Cuba's merchandise in order to preclude its shipment to the states. This story, however, takes a odd twist when considering the fact that Kennedy had a warm obsession with premium cigars; at the time most of the prestigious premium cigars were imported to the Americas from Cuba, a country known for the manufacturing of the world's finest cigars. The night before Kennedy placed an embargo on all of Cuba's products and prohibited them from entering the states, he had requested his press secretary to order 1,000 Petit Upmanns for his personal pleasure. To his luck, the press secretary had been well acquainted with a multiple amount of cigar stores and was able to complete his request on prompt. The next day, Kennedy's press secretary arrived to the white house with 1,200 elite Petit Upmanns that immediately put a smile on Kennedy's face. Next, his press secretary carefully observed Kennedy take out a long, blank paper that he immediately signed; this long script signified the Cuban Embargo and the prohibition of all Cuban cigars within the United States. Indeed, all Cuban products were made illegal.

The H. Upmann Petit Corona Cigar

The H. Upmann, a company that has been trusted and highly respected since 1915 has had established a sumptuous history. From having a large fan base and consumer demand to the selling of their Petit Corona to John F Kennedy, a president that claimed H. Upmann to be his utmost favorite cigar manufacturer, this company has proved that quality is their number one priority. The H. Upmann Petit Corona Cigar was indeed Kennedy's favorite. Cuban Petit Corona assumes a measurement of 5.125 inches x 42 ring gauge with a luscious milk chocolate wrapper that is underpinned by the cigar's veiny design. Rendering earthy and spicy, ''cedar'' flavors upon ignition, these Petit Upmann cigars are really designed to seduce the senses of a smoker, caressing everything from his tongue to his throat with a warm, comforting sensation. John F Kennedy, according to reviews, really did have a magnificent taste in cigars; that is the soul reason as to why he chose the Petit Upmann.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cigar Shapes And Sizes

One of the most common ways to categorize cigars is by their shape and size. Although this sounds simple, it can be very confusing for those that are relatively new to the premium cigar world. For many years, the cigar industry has been using terms such as Corona and Panetela, which directly correspond to the approximate length and width of the cigar rather than the manufacturer or brand. Although most manufacturers use commonly accepted size names to describe their cigars, the actual size of a cigar with a particular name can vary among different manufacturers. In addition, cigars are now available in many more dimensions that were available in the past, and many manufacturers have created their own names for certain sizes.

Because many manufacturers have been going through great undertakings to bring back the premium cigar era at unfathomable rates, it is not too uncommon to find two cigars of the same size that are being manufactured by different companies that have different names to describe the size.

Because different cigar names correspond to different measurements, it is vital for a smoker to be acquainted with methods manufacturers use to measure the cigars so that the smoker himself can do so too. Cigars are measured in terms of ring gauge or length, or sometimes the diameter. Manufacturers tend to express length in inches and ring gauge in terms of a 64th of an inch. The larger the ring gauge, the thicker the cigar is. Manufacturers tend to allow their ring gauges to range from sizes 32 to 52.


Figurados and Parejos

The two of the main categories of cigars are the figurados and parejos.

The Parejos are produced to be straight-sided cigars with an identical ring gauge on both ends of the cigar. Churchill, Lonsdale, Panatela (Panetela) and Corona cigars are classified under the family of the Parejos.

The second main classification is ruled out by the figurados. These cigars assume irregular shapes and are usually tapered, having cone-shaped ends or rounded heads and can be closed at both ends. Torpedo, Belicoso, Culebra, Pyramid and Diademas are the cigars that usually fall into the figurados family; these cigars usually contain a ring gauge of 60 or higher.

When one is attempting to classify cigars, cigar classification takes place when the smoker discerns the difference between cigars that are 5.5 inches long and cigars that are 6.5 inches long. A short cigar is usually under 5.5 inches and a long cigar is usually over 6.5 inches. In terms of thickness, a cigar that is less than a 42 in the ring size is thin and a cigar over 47 in the ring size is thick. Most thicker cigars are known as gorda, double or grande, whilst thinner cigars are usually called slim or petit cigars.



One type of the cigars on the market is known as the Lanceros. Lanceros are long, skinny Parejos, approximately 6-7" x 38 in sizing dimensions. Tobacco companies allegedly report that the Lancero is one of, if not the most difficult shapes to make due to the logistics involved in achieving the trifecta of a balanced taste, open draw, and even burn. Companies and their critics recommend the Lanceros for experienced smokers, however, for the following reasons: they offer a richer flavor, due to a higher percentage of wrapper tobacco and they need to be smoked more slowly and carefully to avoid burn problems, and often require a touch-up.



Another cigar that is recommended for the experienced smoker, yet is strongly recommended to be avoided by the novice smoke is the Churchill. The Churchill cigar comes with a middle sized ring gauge combined with the length, making the legendary Churchill a rather complex smoke. It’s 7 inche long dimensions with a ring gauge of 47 to 48 (3/4 inch) renders a pleasurable smoking experience that averages out between 45 and 60 minutes in total smoking duration. The Churchill cigar has been popular for years, and is one of the more “classy” cigar designs that reside within the tobacco market.



Unlike the Churchill, the Salomon cigar is a fairly large cigar that's tapered at both ends; Salomons are closed at the head and often finished with a "nipple" foot. They also take on a pyramid-resembling shape, increasing in ring gauge closer to the foot. Salomons are a traditional Cuban shape that fell out of favor due to higher manufacturing cost; however, are currently experiencing a powerful resurgence in the tob





The Toro is a luscious candy bar of a smoke, brimming with sweetness, yet packing a nice, full-flavored, medium-bodied punch from a longfiller core. Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the belief system of all beholders becomes rapidly synchronized when the user friendly size dimensions of the Toro are considered. At 6"x 54 you get a fortune for your money and an easy to handle, gentle grip for your hands. The Toro’s wider size allows the smoker to experience excellent balance and creaminess while smoking and taking gentle drags. These cigars are usually blessed with redolent flavors of sweet wood, coffee, and a note of nutmeg in the mix. Just about all of the reviews on the Toro are raves, too, earning it a much deserved customer rating of 95.



If you happen to search for more of a classic design, the Lonsdale is your answer. The standardized Lonsdale is generally thicker than a Panetela, but longer than a Corona. The classic dimensions are 6 3/4 inches by a 42 to 44 ring gauge. The Lonsdale proffers an purifying, elegant and relaxing 50 minute smoke due to its longer length and smaller ring gauge. The premium Lonsdale cigar is a rather excellent cigar to match one’s endeavors that include a laidback afternoon smoke for the aficionado within the agenda. This luxurious cigar has been named after Lord Lonsdale, a man with an eye for a horse!



The Perfecto is similar to a Torpedo, with a closed foot and a bulging middle. The big difference is its rounded head. They vary in length more than just about any other cigar, starting at 4 1/2 inches and going all the way to 9 inches. They also vary considerably in thickness, from 38 to 48 ring gauge. Smoking the Perfecto, they proclaim, is similar to smoking perfection; you can’t go less than perfect!



Just like its perfect companion, the Perfecto cigar, the Torpedo varies in length and ring gauge. It is designed with a pointed cone shaped head, bulge in the body, and a relatively flat foot. A Torpedo exhibits features similar to that of a Figurado, a cigar with straight sides and a head that tapers. Torpedoes have the cooler burn of a larger ring cigar, but with a smaller head that won't leave your jaw sore. The tapered head also concentrates the flavor, allowing for a rich-tasting smoke. This Torpedo cigar, a single Figurado, embarks the smoker on an hour and a half long journey of a delicious, balanced smoke. The conic head reinforces the power obtained from these cigars during the smoke. Try the range of strengths found in the Torpedo size and come to a surprising conclusion on how different the cigars of the same type can taste.


Panetela, Panatela or Panatella

Another cigar that is currently undergoing the process of resurgence is the legendary Panetela. The Panetela assumes a shape that is a rather longer, thinner Corona. Critic Reports and historians state that Panetelas were more popular and prevalent in the past years as opposed to now, but they're making rapid comeback and are regaining popularity in our modern day society as more and more production companies begin to flood the market with Panetelas. Panetela cigars vary in length from 5 to 7 1/2 inches and carry a ring gauge of 34 to 38.



At the incy-end of town, we have the Petit Corona. It's usually only 4 1/2 inches long, with a ring gauge of 40 to 42. The Petit Corona is a miniature version of the original Corona. With a spongy feel, most of the manufacturers that produce the Petit Corona have been known to bless it with a sweet aroma. Consumers report that the Petit Corona has a very nice draw and a fairly even burn that is underpinned by its smaller, more compact design. Most manufacturers that produce the Petit Corona tend to infuse it with sweet tobaccos, offering the cigar to taste naturally sweet when the draws are being taken as opposed to being artificially sweetened at the tip. The Petit Corona is generally smaller in size and is used for shorter, more recreational smokes.


Petit Corona

Coronas are similar to their little brothers; the Petit Coronas. The consumer world reports an estimated smoking time of 30-45 minutes. These cigars have traditionally been the benchmark against which all other cigar formats are measured. They generally have an open "foot" for lighting and a closed, rounded "head" which you cut before smoking. The size dimensions are very popular and are due in full to an easy smoke. The Coronas offer a wonderful choice of aromas across the spectrum of many different brands. They are ideal in size for the novice smoker of Cuban cigars and render a perfect combination for the aperitif, provided the more hands-on experienced cigar smoker has decided to indulge in drinking of luxurious alcohol and smoking of the illustrious cigar.

Corona Gorda

Corona Gorda resembles dimensions of a longer Robusto or Robusto 'extra'; the Corona Gorda's popularity actually preceded that of the world renowned Robusto. Its traditional measurements were sized at 5 5/8 inches in length and a 46 ring gauge. The typical Corona Gorda is designed to allow for a genuine 30-40 minute, uninterrupted smoke. Manufacturers produce the Corona Gorda in such a way, that its aftertaste and draw-taste symbolizes that of a freshly brewed coffee with a delicate mix of half and half milk. What's the point of drinking coffee if you have the Corona Gorda?

Double Corona

When it comes to the Double Corona, the name gives it away! Standard dimensions are an impressive 7 1/2 to 8 inches long with a substantial 49 to 52 ring gauge. Spice up your smoke with a cigar that packs twice the punch and keeps the same, great flavor. The Double Corona is known for its different phases and stages in different flavors that are infused throughout different parts of the cigar. Keep smoking as you continue unveiling the flavors throughout the cigar; perfect for a long day's worth of smoking.



A historian that attempts to list many different cigars types cannot publish a complete list without including the Belicoso cigar. This cigar is about 6 inches long and is designed with a ring gauge of 48 (~3/4 inch), all finished with a pointed cone shaped head. The smoker will get his best experience from the Belicoso in about an hour from end to end, where the smoke is underpinned by a strong and rapid flavor. These sharp shaped cigars have a loyal following due to their conic head shape which amplifies its redolent aromas and flavors.



The legendary Robusto is about 4 1/2 inches in length, bearing a ring gauge of about 48 (~3/4 inch) and averages to a well balanced, 45 min smoke. The Robusto cigars are the traditional Cuban cigars which are still, to this day, the most popular type of cigar smoked by the Cubans. The Robusto’s big ring gauge packs mean flavor, and big power for the premium cigar smoker. The Robusto is, therefore, a perfectly suited cigar that is upheld by an excellent development, richness in flavor, and a plan for a memorable smoke that does not take a monotonous 3 hours to unveil.

To avoid confusion, it is easier to refer to a cigar’s length and width to describe its size. The length is measured in inches, while the width is measured by ring gauge, which is the diameter expressed in 64ths of an inch. Despite all of the inconsistencies with cigar names, it is still more interesting and exciting to describe the different sizes and shapes of cigars with names rather than with numbers. Creativity is all a part of the cigar mystique.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Quick Facts: About Winston Churchill

Churchill's favorite Romeo y Julieta

The legendary statesman and British Politician that had been utmost respected for leading the country of Great Britain during the Second World War had also been known to have carried the responsibility for establishing a renowned reputation for premium cigars. Churchill, the fruitful writer, stern battlefield leader and a vital political member was known for smoking anywhere from eight to ten premium cigars a day. These premium cigars, that were known to be Cuban in nature, have been remembered since for being extremely flavorful and great in taste. Churchill’s primary preference was the Romeo y Julieta brand, a brand that to this day produces a flavorful smoke with a sweet hint of spices.

Airborne smoking

Winston Churchill had a strong belief system involving the smoking of premium cigars, where the location and timing would cease to matter. One such occasion for which Churchill’s smoking is utmost noted for took place during his travels across the seas. Churchill had traveled in high altitude, non-pressurized flights that often required oxygen masks for the airborne occupants to bear. Reluctant to abide by the regulations, the prime minister had requested a special oxygen mask to be made that would permit him to smoke during flight. As the textbooks state, his request was executed.

Luncheon with the King

The legendary prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, had adhered to the belief that smoking and drinking of alcohol prior to, after and during meals was a sacred right of his. When Churchill hosted a luncheon for the King of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Sa’ud, he quickly became aware of the fact that the king had a previously established personal sentiment that rendered the refusal for any smoking to be done by anyone around him. King Ibn Sa’ud’s sentiment was quickly changed when him and Churchill came to a common ground understanding about Churchill’s belief in his sacred rights.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Overview of premium cigar tobacco regions

One of the most important factors that contribute to a premium cigar quality is the region where cigar tobacco is grown. Growers of the exclusive premium cigar tobaccos have selected countries such as the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Cuba and Nicaragua for their passions in quality growing. One may ask, what makes each of these countries so profoundly special at premium cigar tobacco growing?


Cuba is undoubtedly the most famous region when it comes cigar production and cigar tobacco quality. Cuba has always been known to have grown some among the finest and most elite tobacco for premium cigars in the entire world. Cuban grown tobacco has allowed all premium cigars a better known title of "Cuban Cigars" due to their illustrious quality that in the end renders a great tasting, flavorful cigar. Cuban tobacco always proffers a full bodied smoke that gives way to a spicy undertone in the taste in many of the premium cigar products. Besides the top notch tobacco quality, Cuba also produces shade grown wrappers and fillers to add to the natural quality that is already offered by the tobacco, and produce an all natural smoke.

Since the embargo on Cuban products, other southern countries have become known for their authentic cigar tobacco as well as for having grown so called cuban seed tobacco on their soil. Thanks to these countries, the tradition of premium cigars has never died down and is destined to prosper further.

Dominican Republic

Allow us to first elucidate for the grandeur universe of tobacco growing- the legendary Dominican Republic. The one country where a reputation for a substantial tobacco growth has augmented in the past few decades, Dominican Republic has allowed the taste emanating from a growth of the Cuban seed tobacco to proliferate. The quality of the tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic comes close to that of utmost reputable Cuban tobacco due to the similarities in climate. The quality is so similar, a smoker indulging in a premium cigar whose tobacco was grown in the Dominican Republic will allow for an everlasting premium cigar tradition that was once enjoyed in the Americas before the embargo on Cuban merchandise. To add, thanks to the impressive long-leaf fillers, the efforts put in by the Dominican Republic to uphold the premium cigar industry will always be respected and cherished by the utmost important parties within the premium tobacco smoking industry.


Following the Dominican Republic is Ecuador, a country blessed especially with the most righteous conditions for tobacco growing. With weather conditions that permit clouds to envelop the lands of Ecuador, this country allows impeccable conditions for the growth of the shade-grown and sun-grown wrappers. These wrappers are especially popular among those that value natural ingredients in their cigars, preferring the natural wrapper over the artificial one.


As for those consumers that wish to indulge in experiencing a taste that is rather spicier and richer by characteristics, Honduran grown premium tobacco is the way to go. Honduras is indeed the biggest production country responsible for creating the non-Havana premium cigars. Sometimes, elite smokers tend to compare their tobacco to that grown in other countries than theirs. When comparing the premium cigars that were once supplied to the United States by Cuba, one should consider the utmost liked country of Nicaragua. Considered to be the closest rival of Cuban premium cigars due to the climatic conditions, Nicaragua proffers the tobacco market with full bodied, somewhat spicy and sweet tobaccos that cease to disappoint. Nicaragua is said to provide the consumer with a smoke just as pure as what Cuba has done for decades prior to the embargo, and has satisfied the taste buds of many smokers for years on end.

United States

Premium cigar tobacco has captured the interest of many growers and smokers within the collective economy of this country. Many have fallen victim to the conspiracy that has stated that tobacco is, by majority, grown in the southern states. Although certain aspects of this claim can be held liable for dis-informing consumers, it cannot be collectively considered as a fabricated claim. That is, even though tobacco is a versatile plant and can adapt to different climatic circumstances, growers prefer to harvest tobacco in areas that are rich in soil and that are exclusively blessed by a mild and moist environment.

Records have stated that tobacco has been grown in the utmost northern states such as Ohio in the past- Ohio used to be the host of the most important premium cigar tobacco growing plantations in the Midwest.

Thanks to these countries, the tradition of premium cigars has never died down and is destined to prosper further. Soon, in the near future premium cigars will overthrow many other tobacco products and completely reimburse the tobacco market with the quality and secrets from the past.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let's help the good people!

One of the greatest nations on our planet goes through such a wild period in its history.
For many, it's a miracle on its own how 120 million nation manage to not just survive but prosper on a few empty islands for centuries.
It's the third largest and probably the most technologically advanced economy in the world developed with no oil, land or other exportable natural resources.

It looks like these days Japan is being tested by the nature itself... It's a really tough test...
What's remarkable is how this small country with such an old culture goes through one of its toughest times.
We've seen many disasters in the world. Looters and all sorts of crime is the usual response in most of the countries. In most, but definitely not in Japan!
Even now, despite all the problems caused by the disaster, Japan sets such a great example of how to deal with it, how to stay truly united, how to help each other.

Surprisingly, donations for Japan are not as big as they were for other countries. Analysts attribute it to the fact people believe Japan can deal with the disaster on its own.
We have no doubt about that, but above all Japan deserves a donation like no other nation!

We've decided to donate $1 from every order made on TobaccoGeneral.com during the next 2 weeks.

Let's help the good people!

TobaccoGeneral Team.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black Mamba and Mr. Smiley with new formula legal in all 50 states

TobaccoGeneral is happy to announce the selection of all new formula herbal incenses.
The new formula Black Mamba and Mr. Smiley are fully compliant with FDA regulations and legal in all 50 states.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zippo Lighters for you

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Free shipping on orders over $99!

Tobacco General has started the year with the free shipping deal.
All orders over $99 are shipped at no cost to any of 48 states.
As before we usually ship with FedEx, so it usually gets delivered within 2-3 days.

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