Where are your cigars manufactured?  We work very closely with our partner factory in Honduras and all our cigars are blended, hand-rolled, and dispatched from there.

What does the term ring gauge mean?  Cigar size is measured by length and diameter.  The diameter of a cigar is described as its ring gauge, which is measured in 1/64 inch.  Example:  a cigar with a ring gauge of 40 is 40/64hs of an inch thick.  A 64 ring gauge cigar would be 1 inch in diameter.

Does the colour of the wrapper give an indication to the strength of a cigar?   The simple answer is No.  A cigar's strength is determined by the tobacco it is rolled with, and just because a cigar is darker on the outside, does not mean it will be a strong cigar.

Can I use a Tupperware container to store cigars?  Absolutely!  A 'Tupperdor' is a very convenient and cost effective alternative way to keep your cigars fresh.  Great for travelling.  Choose a container that is bigger than you need - leave 20 to 25% of the space in your tupperdor empty so that humidity can circulate around your cigars.  Add a humidity pack of your choice - these usually last around 2-6 months depending on how many cigars you have in your tupperdor.  One pouch is generally sufficient for 25 cigars.

Should I keep the cellophane wrapper on my cigars?  The simple answer - it is up to you!  It really doesn't make much difference to the enjoyment of the cigar, or the ageing process.  Pros - your cigars will be better protected, with less chance of a split foot or cracked head, and there is less likely to be accidental damage to the cigar.

How do I know if a cigar is bad?  The most obvious sign is that the cigar has dried out and becomes difficult to smoke - a dry cigar will often crack or crumble when you smoke it.  Another sign is the appearance of mould, which can appear as blue or greenish-blue patches or spots on the surface or foot of the cigar and leave a mark when brushed off; these cigars should not be smoked.

What is the powdery substance on my cigar?  If this is white, then it is the result of your cigars naturally sweating out oils - this leaves behind a residue which you can brush off.  This is a perfectly normal occurrence and is often described by cigar aficionados as 'plume'.  If the powder is blue or greenish-blue then it is mould and this means that your humidor is not at an optimal temperature and/or humidity and the cigar should not be smoked.

Is there an app to keep notes on my cigars?  There are many different websites/apps out there for this purpose.  Just for ease, here is the link to one we like:  Cigar Scanner