About

Cigarguide is a website with reviews of cigars from all over the world. Some cigars have been given to me by the blog sponsors, others I have bought or traded or have been gifted to me by friends.

About me: Born in 1972 I started to smoke cigars on a vacation to Singapore and Indonesia december 2005. At Singapore airport we bought some Cohiba Siglo II, Montecristo #4 and Romeo y Julieta tubos #2 which we smoked in Indonesia, every night a cigar and a glass of whisky. I liked that so much that I decided to keep smoking cigars when I got back.

On the way back I maxed out my creditcard at the cigarshop at Singapore airport. Back in The Netherlands I smoked a few cigars a week and noticed different flavor profiles in different cigars. That sparked an interest, before I always thought a cigar was just a cigar, so I started to look for information online and discovered that cigars are just like wine, whisk(e)y, cognac, lots of different flavors depending on the blend, the soil, the tobacco used, the shape and more. Smoking cigars became more than a nice way of spending the evening, it became a passion.

Here I am, a few years later and I visited places I never thought of visiting before I smoked cigars, made lots of new friends both here in The Netherlands as in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Germany, England, Belgium and Asia. I got to meet a few of the key figures in the industry and have even worked as a cigar sales rep. Who could imagine that the handful of cigars I bought halfway across the world would have such an impact on my life, such a positive impact.

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  1. flavien

    Hi,

    very nice blog. Impressed by how many different cigars you used to smoke.

    After all these years, would you be able to build a “cigar flavour map” such as the famous whisky flavour map here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Malt_Whisky_Flavor_Map.jpg

    Any map would help a beginner like me to know where he is.

    Best regards,
    Flavien

  2. Mike McLean

    Hi,

    Great website, I really enjoy your reviews. Pass the time nicely when I’m stuck offshore for weeks!

    • i hope you’re able to smoke offshore brother

    • I’ve been slacking most of 2014, 2015 and part of 2016 but the site is now in full working order again. 2 to 3 reviews a week, at least every sunday, wednesday and every 15th of the month a lancero review.

  3. Joshua Davis

    Hi, I am an American missionary that runs a NGO here in South Africa. I have been living here for 10 years and had all my kids here. I really enjoy a cigar from time to time, but South Africa cigars are pretty non exestent down here where I stay, and to get them shipped from overseas ends up costing a lot per stick. I have seen some of your reviews on Indonesia cigars and wonder if you could give me any help trying to find an Indonesia based company I could buy boxes from and get them shipped here. Do you have any connections or suggestions. I’m looking for a good handmade cigar that is pretty cheap, but with a Sumatra wrapper? As I raise my own support, cigars are not able to be the top priority in my life .
    Thanks for your help. Hope you will be able to point me in a direction.
    Cheers
    Josh

    • Hi Joshua,

      now it seems like an simple question and a straight forward easy answer but actually its not therefore it took me a few days to get back to you, I apologize for that.

      You are an American and therefore I assume that the Sumatra tobacco you are familiar too isn’t the Sumatra from the island of Sumatra but a strain of tobacco that originally came from Indonesia but has been cultivated in South America for generations, just like Habano is grown all over the region too and Connecticut is grown in several countries. Most of the Sumatra used in longfillers are grown in Ecuador. Just like Habano or Connecticut the flavors change per region because of the differences in soil, in climate, in rainfall etc. So a real Indonesian Sumatra might not be what you are used to and what you like.

      Now once you decided on real Indonesian Sumatra or South American Sumatra and you pick the Indonesian version things get complicated again. Most of the tobacco grown on Sumatra and Java is used for the short filler, dry cured cigars which are very popular in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and other West European countries. These cigars are made with a blend of tobaccos and the tobaccos are all shredded to small pieces, bigger than cigarette tobacco but still small pieces instead of being made with full leaves like the longfillers from the Caribbean countries. That creates a whole different flavor profile and smoking experience, due to the much better air flow the cigars can burn hotter and become bitter and they burn much faster. There’s also a size issue, its merely impossible to find a short filler, cry cured robusto or bigger, they are all thinner and a corona is most likely the biggest size you can get. All those cigars are produced for or by big Western European companies like Cortes, Agio, Ritmeester and shipped straight to Europe, these cigars aren’t for sale on the Indonesian market. A lot of the tobacco is shipped too and used to make cigars in Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

      There are two companies that I know that manufacture longfiller cigars with Indonesian tobacco in Indonesia, that is Sultan Cigars http://sultan-cigar.com I reviewed on of their cigars on my blog, and Raja Z Cigars http://www.rajazcigar.com/ a cigar that I haven’t had the pleasure smoking off.

      What might be a better option is to find a source locally to avoid high shipping costs, a few years ago I met a gentleman in Miami who is the distributor of a lot of brands in (South) Africa, this is his website http://www.premiumcigars.co.za/cigars-wholesalers-distributors-cigar-distribution-south-africa-pretoria-johannesburg.html and I bet he can point you to a point of sales close to where you are located.

      I hope my answer helps you.

      regards,
      Ferdinand

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