Cigar Tips For Aficionados

How to cigar smoke properly

Cigar Tips For Cigar Aficionados

Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know…even though we pretend that we know ! The art of cigar smoking is no exception.

What to drink with your cigar

how to clip your cigar

how to light your cigar

These are all questions that we are sometimes afraid or embarrassed to ask…enjoying your favorite cigar should be just that; enjoyment not uncertainty.

112 year old cigar smoker

Americas oldest man dies at 112

According to CigarAficionado.com , Mr Richard Overton the oldest man in the United Staes passed away after reaching the age of 112 years. I find this to be really amazing because of his recipe for long life, that included smoking cigars on a daily basis. “I smoke 12 a day,” he told Cigar Aficionado in 2015, when he was 109 years old. “But I don’t inhale them. It’s the good taste. Let your lungs stay clean.” Mr Overton was a veteran of the second world war, he remained active for most of his life and appearing younger than his many years. Mr Overton, was a resident of East Austin Texas, Mr Overton, passed away two days after Christmas after a short battle with Pneumonia.

Mr Overton, began smoking cigars more than 94 years ago, his favorite smoke was a inexpensive machine-made brand called Tampa Sweet.

When Cigar Aficionado interviewed Overton in 2015, he shared some of his tips for a long life. “You’ve got to stir around a lot. Your muscles get dry, your blood gets slow. You need to get up and move around,” he said. “If you keep your muscles sluggish, it slows your blood down.” 

Overton was born on May 11, 1906 in the modest farming community of St. Mary’s Colony, Texas. Back then many cars were propelled by steam power, the U.S. had only 45 states and man had only flown for three years. World War II saw Overton drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served from 1942 through 1945, fighting for the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. He saw action in the South Pacific, including the ferocious battlefield of Iwo Jima. “I lost a lot of my friends,” he said back in 2015.

After the war, Overton was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He returned to his job at a furniture store and built his own home in East Austin. He married twice, outlived both of his wives and never had children. 

Overton was a man of habit, and in his later years he could be found on his front porch in Austin, smoking his cigars and sometimes sipping a bit of whisky. “It’s like medicine,” he said of the liquor. Back in 2015, on his 109th birthday, Overton rose at 3 am, brewed a pot of coffee and went out to his front porch. He lit the first of his cigars, and began sipping and puffing. Just a typical day for Overton. 
 
“Today we mourn the loss of this legendary American hero,” wrote Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Twitter Thursday evening. “May he Rest In Peace.”

Overton is survived by his cousin, Volma Overton Jr.

Authentic Cuban cigars

The Almighty Cuban Cigar

The forbidden and sometimes elusive, often misunderstood prized export from the small island nation south of Miami, the Cuban cigar. The Cuban cigar is by far the most talked about stick, by regular and casual smokers alike, the holy grail of all cigars. 

Because of the tired U.S. embargo against Cuba, you can’t just stroll over to your local tobacconist and grab a box; but not to worry…there are amazing choices of non-cuban cigars from lots of places (Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, etc) some just as flavorful and well made as their Cuban counter parts. 

My suggestion; don’t be afraid to try different cigars from different countries, that way…if one day you’re lucky enough to procure one of those Cuban beauties, you’ll have something to judge them against, and know if it’s right for your smoking pallet.  Happy hunting !

cigar smoking, lifestyle

Hello Aficionado’s

Welcome to ThinkCigar, my blog about cigar lifestyle.  Together we will explore, expand, and connect as we celebrate our love of these wonderful leafs that bring us together.  We’ll explore:

  • Accessories
  • Cigar humidors
  • Top rated cigars
  • Cigars for beginners
  • Cuban Cigars
  • And much more

Cigar smoking is a social, relaxing and sometimes spiritual pursuit, it influences your friendships and the places you frequent, topics discussed when in the company of other aficionados.

Strap-in and hold on, clip one of the sticks in your humidor, slide your favorite libation to a comfortable location, toast the foot of that stick and enjoy an easy draw…how relaxing is that ?  Welcome to ThinkCigar.