9781592575916

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars, 2nd Edition

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    9781592575916

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-02
  • Publisher: Alpha
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Summary

You're no idiot, of course. But when it comes to lighting up fine cigars, you're completely in the dark. You have no clue how to select the best ones-or how to store, cut, and smoke them...

Author Biography

Tad Gage is a dedicated cigar enthusiast who anticipated the incredible trend with his magazine The Complete Smoker, America-'s first full color cigar magazine.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Lighting Up, Kicking Back
1(78)
If You Know Just a Little, Start Here
3(16)
Fire Away!
5(5)
A Basic Sampling
6(2)
Lighting Up: It's a Gas
8(1)
Luck of ``The Draw''
9(1)
Where Can You Smoke?
10(1)
Anatomy of a Cigar
11(2)
Grab Your Wallet: What You'll Pay
13(1)
What's in a Name?
14(5)
Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
19(12)
Desperately Seeking Cigars
20(1)
Tobacconist or ``Seegar Seller''?
21(2)
Spirited Sales---Liquor Stores and Cigar Bars
23(1)
Pasta or Cuban Corona?---Cigars at Restaurants
24(1)
Cigars: In the Mail, on the Net
25(1)
Lead Me to Your Humidor
26(2)
When to Walk Away
28(3)
Bite a Hot Dog, but Clip Your Cigar
31(16)
The Cutting Edge
32(10)
The ``V''-Cut
32(2)
The ``Pinhole'' Cut
34(1)
The ``Puncture'' Cut
35(2)
The Straight or Guillotine Cut
37(2)
Two Blades: Better Than One?
39(1)
The Scissors Decision
40(1)
The Price of a Good Cut
41(1)
Antique Cutters
41(1)
C'mon Baby, Light My Fire
42(3)
Paper's No Match for Cigars
42(1)
Lighter Fluid: Cigar Arson?
43(1)
Wood Is Good
44(1)
It's a Gas
44(1)
Ashtrays: Give Your Cigar a Break
45(2)
Ya Gotta Speak Da Language
47(12)
Basic Cigar Speak---Talking the Talk
48(1)
The Box Score
49(2)
Is It a Premium Smoke?
50(1)
Branded a ``Winner''
50(1)
Is Wood Always Good?
51(1)
Boxed In: Feeling the Pressure
51(2)
Don't Let a Machine Make Your Cigar
53(2)
Shorted Out---Turn On to Long Filler
55(1)
Where Was Your Cigar Born?
56(3)
What You See Is What You Get
59(20)
Brown Is the Color of My True Love's Cigar
60(6)
Double Claro, Candela, Jade, or American Market Selection (AMS) Wrappers
61(1)
Natural or Claro Wrappers
62(1)
Colorado Claro or English Market Selection (EMS)
62(1)
Colorado, Corojo, and Habana2000™ Wrappers
63(1)
Maduro Wrappers
64(1)
Double Maduro, Oscuro, or Maduro Maduro Wrappers
65(1)
Size Does Matter
66(2)
The Size That's Right for You
68(1)
Eenie, Meenie: Popular Lengths and Shapes
69(5)
Gigante, Presidente, Immensa
72(1)
Double Corona
72(1)
Churchill
72(1)
Panatela
72(1)
Lonsdale
73(1)
Corona Grandes
73(1)
Corona Extra, Corona Royale
73(1)
Corona
73(1)
Petite Corona
74(1)
Robusto, Rothschild, Toro
74(1)
Belvedere, Ascot, Demitasse
74(1)
Daring to Be Different
74(5)
Belicoso, Petite Belicaso
75(1)
Culebra
75(1)
Pyramid
75(1)
Torpedo
76(1)
Perfecto
76(3)
Part 2: In Search of Perfection
79(88)
What's Inside Your Cigar?
81(12)
How Your Cigar Is Orchestrated
82(1)
From Mild to Wild: Work Your Way Up
83(1)
``Pumping Up'' to a Full-Bodied Smoke
84(1)
Is This a Strong Cigar?
85(1)
Finding a Heavenly Body
86(3)
Honduras
87(1)
Mexico
88(1)
Dominican Republic
89(1)
Strength Is Relative
89(4)
Havana Cigars
93(16)
We Don't Blend No Stinkin' Cigars!
94(2)
Full Body: In the Spanish Style
96(1)
How Cuban Seed Traveled Around the World
97(2)
Are Cuban Cigars the Best?
99(3)
Can a Government Make a Good Cigar?
100(1)
Habanos SA: The Second Cuban Revolution?
101(1)
The Name Game
102(3)
Faking You Out: Know Your Cubans
105(2)
Was My Cuban Cigar Made by Hand?
107(2)
The Myth and Magic of Havana Cigars
109(8)
Cuban Cigar: Still Champion
110(1)
So You Want to Be a Smuggler?
111(1)
My Cigar Just Exploded
112(3)
In Search of Consistency
113(2)
Pricey Stuff
115(1)
Have-a-Havana
115(2)
How the Cigar Becomes a Star
117(20)
Don't Try This at Home: Creating a Cigar
118(1)
Awaking the ``Sleeping'' Leaf
119(2)
Giving a Cigar ``The Look''
121(3)
The Art of Cigar Rolling
124(1)
The Roller at Center Stage
125(1)
Cigar Rolling: A Silky Touch with Steel Muscles
126(11)
The Art of Filler Bunching
127(2)
Bonding with Binders
129(1)
Cigar Molds: Full-Court Pressure
129(3)
Wrapping It All Up
132(1)
``Capping'' Off the Cigar
133(4)
Filler Up, Bind It, Wrap It Up!
137(18)
Fillers: Bulking Up
138(8)
Cuba: The One and Only
138(1)
Smooth Dominican
139(1)
Honduras: Packing a Punch
140(2)
Nicaragua: Revolution, Recovery, and Rebirth
142(1)
Costa Rica and Panama
143(1)
Doing the Samba in Brazil
143(1)
Oh, Mexico, the Sun's So Hot
144(1)
``Hey Mon, Come to Jamaica''
145(1)
Dutch Treat from Indonesia, Java, and Sumatra
146(1)
Binders: Keeping It All Together
146(2)
Ecuador, Java, and Sumatra: Bound by Binder
147(1)
Stay Outta My Tobacco Patch: Cuba
147(1)
Honduras and Nicaragua Spice It Up
148(1)
Mexico: Bound to Be Best
148(1)
Wrappers: Pretty as a Picture
148(1)
Snuggled Under a Blanket
149(6)
The Wrapper King of Connecticut
150(1)
Cameroon: The African Connection
151(1)
Wrappers from the East
152(1)
The Mojo of Mexico and Maduro
153(2)
Happily Ever After
155(12)
Why New Cigars Get Married
156(3)
The Three-Month Wedding Night
159(2)
Gotta Crush That Bug Right Outta My 'Gar!
161(1)
Farewell to the Tropics
162(5)
Totally Tubular Cigars
162(1)
The Cellophane Debate
163(1)
Boxed and Ready to Travel
164(3)
Part 3: Where Cigars Grow Up
167(58)
I Was Born in a Log Cabin ...
169(12)
Native Smokes: Close, but No Cigar
171(2)
``This Is Better Than Gold!''
173(2)
Aging: It Worked for Wine
175(6)
What Tobacco Learned from Wine
176(1)
Tobacco Farming: Getting Your Hands Dirty
177(4)
From Green Bay to Bombay
181(8)
You'd Be Amazed Where This Stuff Grows
182(1)
Tobacco in Europe's Backyard
183(2)
The World's Most Sensitive Crops
185(1)
Why Cigar Leaf Is Different
186(1)
Change the Conditions, Change the Taste
186(3)
``Growing'' a Good Cigar
189(12)
The Care and Feeding of Baby Tobacco
190(3)
Infants in the Nursery
190(1)
Taking It to the Field
191(1)
Pinch Me, I'm Budding
192(1)
Mold and Pestilence at Play in the Fields of Tobacco
193(3)
The Beetles: Live on Stage
194(1)
Mold: Good in Blue Cheese, Bad on Tobacco
195(1)
Pick a Winning Leaf
196(5)
Fermentation: Sweating the Small Stuff
201(16)
Airing It Out
202(2)
Can a Leaf Make the Grade?
204(2)
Sorting Leaves by Size
205(1)
Sorting Leaves by Texture
205(1)
Sorting Leaves by Appearance
206(1)
Bring on the Heat
206(5)
A Tobacco-Leaf Striptease
211(1)
Baling Out: Putting Tobacco to Rest
211(3)
The Long Sleep
214(3)
Making a Home for Your Cigars
217(8)
Gettin' Around the Tropics
218(1)
Blending in and Around the Caribbean
219(1)
Location Is Everything
219(1)
Making a Home for Your Cigars
220(5)
Too Dry
221(1)
Too Moist
221(1)
Too Hot
221(1)
Too Cold
222(1)
Just Right: The 70/70 Rule
222(3)
Part 4: Adding to Your Enjoyment
225(66)
Keeping Your Stogies Fresh
227(24)
Top Reasons for Stashing Stogies
228(1)
Humidors: From Palaces to Plastic Bags
229(12)
Cigar-Shop, Restaurant, and Cigar-Club Lockers
230(2)
Zip-Seal Bags and Vacuum Sealers
232(1)
Plastic Boxes
233(1)
Tabletop Humidors
234(3)
Free-Standing ``Vaults''
237(1)
Built-In Humidors
238(3)
How Do I Keep These Things Moist?
241(3)
Help! My Cigar Dried Out
244(1)
Better with Age: Aging Your Cigars
245(1)
You Can Take It with You
246(5)
Cigar Cases
246(1)
Travel Humidors
247(4)
Alternative Smokes
251(12)
Shorties: The Quickie Smoke That Satisfies
252(2)
Big Cigar Taste, Small Package
252(2)
Petite but Powerful
254(1)
Cigarillos: A Cigar of Sorts
255(4)
A ``Tin'' Pack
257(1)
What's Dry-Curing?
258(1)
Sweet Smokes
259(2)
A Rainbow of Fruity Flavor
259(1)
A Cigar and a Drink All in One
260(1)
X-Smokes: Herbs, Berries, 'n' Roots
261(2)
Baubles, Bangles, and Bands: Cigar Stuff
263(10)
Bands, Boxes, and Labels
264(1)
The Cigar Box as an Advertisement
265(2)
Humidors: The Fancy Stuff
267(1)
Collectible Cigar Curiosities
267(4)
Modern Smoking Collectibles
271(2)
Rating Your Smokes
273(18)
Going by the Numbers
274(2)
Scoring Your Cigars
274(1)
When to Forget a Rating
275(1)
A Funky, Earthy Taste with a Hint of Berries? Not!
276(2)
What You Do Taste
277(1)
How to ``Taste'' Your Cigar's Aroma
277(1)
How to Describe a Cigar
278(3)
Prime Factors
279(1)
Appearance
280(1)
Lighting and Burning
280(1)
Construction
280(1)
Taste
280(1)
``Dear Diary ...''
281(10)
Appearance and Presentation
282(2)
Lighting and Burning Properties
284(1)
Construction
285(1)
Taste
285(2)
Comments and Final Scoring
287(4)
Part 5: Eat, Drink, Smoke, and Be Merry
291(34)
Where, When, and How to Smoke
293(14)
You Can't Tell the Brand Without a Band
294(1)
Burning Up
295(4)
A Study in Shrunken Ashtrays
295(1)
The Attack of Old Cigar Butt
296(1)
Treatment for the Unfinished Cigar
296(1)
The Case of the Smoldering Stogie
297(1)
The Lopsided Patient
297(2)
The Split-Wrapper Syndrome
299(1)
``Put Out That Smelly Cigar!''
299(3)
Smoking on the Home Front
302(2)
The Smoking Den
303(1)
Banished to the Dungeon
303(1)
Clearing the Air
303(1)
When Kids Are Involved
304(1)
On the Road With Smokes
304(3)
A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, and Cigars
307(18)
After-Meal Smokes
307(2)
The Cigar as a Dinner Companion
309(2)
The Classic Meal
310(1)
A Lighter Touch
311(1)
A Little Spice
311(1)
The Cigar as Dessert
311(1)
A Drink with Your Cigar
312(2)
A Jug of Wine
313(1)
Beer: A Clear Choice
314(1)
Fortified Wine Has Muscle
315(1)
Very, Very Sherry
315(1)
Any Port in a Storm
316(1)
High Spirits
316(5)
Brandy and Cognac
317(1)
Scotch Whiskies and Bourbon Whiskies
317(2)
Distilled Spirits, Liqueurs, and Mixed Drinks
319(1)
Nonalcoholic Drinks
320(1)
A Cigar ``Party''
321(2)
Poker Party!
321(1)
Dinner at a Diner
321(1)
'Gars and Golf Gala
322(1)
A Roll in the Leaves
322(1)
Your Place in History
323(2)
Cigar Speak Glossary 325(8)
Index 333

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