February 28, 2014, was my last day as About.com’s Expert Guide to Cigars at cigars.about.com. I went out in style with an Opus X and some Macallan 18. Long Ashes!
While smoking a Kismet cigar and contemplating my destiny as About.com’s Expert Guide to Cigars after eight years, I decided not to renew my annual contract when the current term expires on February 28, 2014… Read more
The Te-Amo Revolution Robusto was rated 92 in Jan/Feb 2014 Cigar Aficionado magazine, but the Churchill size was only rated 84 in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue. The same brand/line of cigars can smoke and taste differently in different sizes, but I never experienced that much of a difference between the Churchill and Robusto version of any cigar.
Cook Your Ass Off is a new TV show on HLN. In the cigar world, long ashes is a term describing the long ash that holds on at the foot of a lit premium cigar, indicating that the cigar was made with long filler tobacco leaves. This is a good thing. The words long ashes are also used by cigar smokers as a greeting, or when saying goodbye (kind of like aloha). Combine cook your ass off with the long ash at the end of a smoking cigar and you get Smoke Your Ash Off.