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Q & A: The FDA & Cigars

So I keep hearing about the FDA trying to regulate cigars. Should I be worried?

5/14/14 | by BG of Washington, DC

Yes! Anytime the government tries to intervene in our hobby it’s worth taking seriously. If we relent at any time in defending our hobby, we may not have anything to defend. And this most recent development is the toughest hurdle this industry has ever faced. The latest proposed by the FDA includes massive restrictions on how cigars are brought to market and would severely limit the amount of new brands you’d see. Also, the latest proposal includes putting a minimum price of $10 on cigars in order for them to qualify as a “premium cigar” (i.e. not machine-made). So how do we fight the FDA stripping our creativity and raising premium cigar prices? For starters, contact your local congressman or senator. Also, we here at will be sending you some info on how you should best respond to the FDA in order for our voices to be heard. 

by Dave

Review: CAO Cigars Extreme

Sean G Four Times The Ligero
CAO is one of my favorite brands out there. In fact, CAO Brazilia was the first cigar I’ve ever had and still one I go back to from time to time. The problem has been that their most recent releases haven’t lived up to my expectations. So when CAO Extreme hit our docks, I was a little skeptical. But the brand has done me enough good over the years to warrant me picking up a 5 pack to try…

The packaging and band, while great-looking, really plays up the four ligeros they use in the blend. For me, that’s usually not a good thing and I usually take that as “we’ve stuffed a lot of strong tobaccos in here because we couldn’t find a blend that worked.” But all of those reservations quickly subside as soon as I light it up. Powerful? Yes, but incredibly balanced. Frankly, I’m shocked how much I love this blend. I can only liken it to a powerful cup of coffee that you’re not sure you like at first but soon realize you can’t live without it. Notes of cedar, espresso, cashews and a subtle spice on the finish having me burning up this 5 pack real quick.
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Article: Lesson for the Links: Golf Tips

There is no place I’d rather be than the golf course. Where else can you soak up the sun, place some bets, legally drink a few beverages behind the wheel, tease your buddies, and smoke cigars all in one place? Come to think of it, the thing I like least about the golf course is the “golf.” I’ll apologize in advance; there will be no slice fixes or putting tips to come.


The old adage goes, “It never rains on the golf course,” but I’m here to tell you the old adage is wrong. In fact, it rains quite a bit, but that doesn’t mean it should ruin your day. Want to shave a couple strokes off your game? Start playing in the rain. Keep a quality rain suit, umbrella, and extra towel in the bag. As golfers, luck is against us and chances are it will pour buckets at the next scramble or club tournament. If you want a leg up on the competition, book tee times for rainy days. Not only will you become a more seasoned golfer, but you won’t have to wait all day for the fair weather golfers ahead.


If you want to improve your game, forget that new driver or training aid and start wagering on your round. Whether it’s for drinks at the 19th hole or a $20 nassau, wagering on your skills will make you a better golfer. When you win enough off your pals, then go buy the driver, and let them know who paid for it. A few of my favorite betting games include the standard nassau, skins, wolf, 5-3-1, garbage, and quota. For the details on how to play, check online or ask your local golf professional. You can bet the golfers who dominate the member-guest may not be on the local tournament circuit, but they are wagering on their game every time the opportunity arises.


Golf does something strange to my palate; it makes me crave light beer. At home and out on the town I prefer stronger elixirs: bourbon, craft beers, and full-bodied wines. The golf course is no place for these stronger libations if you intend to improve your game. The most important part about drinking on the golf course is to bring a cooler with ice and save room for the 19th hole. Two or three drinks might calm the nerves and make you better; any more and you’ll lose focus. In short, if you want to win those bets, stick to lighter beers and buy your competitors a couple cocktails. They will pay for them later. 


To play your best you need to be relaxed, and what is more relaxing than a handmade cigar? Just like my palate changes for beer on the golf course, it changes for cigars as well. I tend to select larger, mellower cigars that don’t cost as much as my top shelf varieties. Larger cigars tend to stay lit better in between shots, and choosing a cigar with less strength will ensure it doesn’t negatively affect your game. Come prepared with 3-5 cigars, a travel humidor, a torch lighter, a cutter, and a cigar holder. All of a sudden the time spent waiting for the group ahead won’t be such a burden. It is said that golf is 90% mental, so enjoy a cigar or two to keep your mind right and you’ll be shooting better scores in no time.

There you have it, four easy ways to improve your golf game, or at the very least, enjoy it a bit more. It’s safe to say we will never reach the golfing prowess of Tiger Woods, but with a little practice and an open mind, we can enjoy the game more. Last but not least, the golf course is one of the few remaining havens to freely enjoy a cigar, so make time to hit the links and keep the tradition alive. 

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