Enjoying the Summer with a Great Cigar

The arrival of summer heralds in warm weather, long days and relaxing evenings. Whether you are lounging on the back patio or enjoying an evening around the fire, a great cigar can really add to your enjoyment of the season. This year, try a few of the truly great summer cigars.

Punch Signature

The Punch Signature is an affordable cigar that lends itself to the warm days of summer. It has a touch of peppery spiciness, but is still a pleasant, sweet cigar. As an added bonus, the Punch Signature is as enjoyable to hold as it is to smoke. It has a nice, weighty feel, and looks great with its dark brown wrapper. You will experience a medley of pleasant flavor notes with this cigar, including coffee and almonds.

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure EspecialHoya del Monterrey's Epicure Especial is one of my favorite summertime cigars.

If you enjoy cigars with a rich flavor, try relaxing with a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial. This cigar is earthy, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Many people consider this cigar to be the pinnacle of smoking perfection, making it a great choice to relax with. It is also a great looking cigar, featuring a seductive dark brown wrapper. This cigar is a good value, and will add a lot of enjoyment to your summer days and evenings.

Joya Red

Hot and sultry summer days are perfect for cigars that are flavorful, but not overly heady. If you enjoy a medium body smoke, try a Joya Red. It is a nicely sized cigar, not too big and not too small. The Joya Red starts off with an earthy, toasty flavor. The price of this cigar is good, so you will be able to keep a good stock of them on hand to enjoy all summer long.

My FatherMy Father is a spicy, complex cigar.

At the end of a hot summer day, it is so pleasant when the sun goes down and a cool breeze kicks up. Nights such as this are perfect for sitting around a fire, enjoying a great cigar. If you enjoy higher end cigars with a heady, full body kick to them, My Father might be just your style. The flavor is complex, with notes of spice. A My Father is also a great choice when you want to experience a cigar that gives you a nice nicotine kick.

San Lotano Connecticut

For those who enjoy a milder, less heady cigar, the San Lotano Connecticut has a lot to offer. The lighter flavor of a mild cigar is a great accompaniment to hot summer days. This cigar is also a great choice for those who are new to cigars, due to the milder flavor. If you are looking for a great morning cigar, the San Lotano Connecticut is a great choice. You will experience the pleasure of a superior burn, combined with obvious high-quality construction. As an added bonus, these great cigars are priced just right.

AVO Classic RobustoThe Avo Classic Robusto is an excellent cigar for summertime.

If you enjoy full-flavored cigars, try an AVO Classic Robusto. This cigar will provide you with a smooth, creamy smoke, reminding you why it is such a classic. Featuring a Connecticut wrapper, this cigar is consistently good. The relaxed evenings of summer are the perfect time to just sit back and enjoy a great smoke. The flavor is nuanced and refined — the perfect cigar to just sit back with and relax.

Whichever cigars you choose, they are sure to add a lot of relaxing enjoyment to your summer months. Summer only comes around once a year, and before you know it, the crisper days of autumn will be back. While summer is here, be sure to enjoy one or more of these great cigars.


Pairing Cigars & Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

Few things are more relaxing than enjoying a cigar and wine combination that is well-paired. As wine drinking seems to be on the rise among young professionals, it is only natural to want to increase that enjoyment by pairing it with a tasty smoke. From red wine to white, champagne to sherry, these sophisticated beverages can compliment and bring out the intoxicating flavors present in tobacco leaves. The ritualistic nature of experiencing a fine wine is akin to the process of unwrapping and enjoying a fine cigar, so enjoy these cigar pairings for a memorable taste experience.

Cigar Pairing with Red WineRed wine pairs well with numerous cigars

When it comes to the ideal cigar pairings with red wines, a cigar with a strong flavor presence must be able to stand up to a full-bodied red. As bold reds tend to contain higher alcohol and tannin levels, a potent cigar like a San Cristobal can help balance out the pairing. The intense cigar flavor combination of black cherries, spice, leather and chocolate are perfectly paired with a hearty Bordeaux, Cabernet, or Merlot. As reds are characterized by fruity flavors like black currant with a spicy black licorice note, one can see the commonalities between a full-bodied red and a robust San Cristobal.

Cigar Pairing with White Wine

To accompany a sweet white wine, a cigar with dessert notes like vanilla and clove is ideal. With the less tannic tones of white wine, a milder cigar flavor will not overpower the delicate nature of white wine. An Ashton Classic 898 is deliciously pleasing when paired with a tasty Chardonnay. The subtle woody tones of the Chardonnay and Ashton Classic 898 work in unison to provide the perfect smoke-wine combination.

Cigar Pairing with ChampagneChampagne can vary from dry to sweet.

When it comes to finding that perfect cigar-champagne pairing, it can be a little trickier as champagne can be both dry and sweet. When searching out the right cigar to accompany a glass of bubbly, remember that moderation is ideal as too much carbonation can actually aggravate the tongue when paired with cigar smoking. With the many champagnes available, the pairing combinations are endless, but one suggested combination that is sure to please is the California Scharffenberger Sparkling Brut and the Macanudo Gold Label Ascot. The pairing of this sumptuous bubbly with a Macanudo will produce as smooth and mellow a taste experience as the cigar itself.

Cigar Pairing with Sherry

Many a wine aficionado like to end their day with a fine cream sherry. As sherry wines from Spain have given the sumptuous liquid an increase in popularity, sherry offers much to the cigar-smoke experience. As sherry is generally on the drier side, it makes it an ideal beverage for cigar pairings as its versatility can compliment most cigar flavors. For a luxurious pairing, a Lustau East India Solera and Montecristo Espada Guard will meld together in palatable perfection. As the versatility of sherry makes it the perfect mate of a cigar, it is worth mentioning another sherry-cigar pairing. For those with more basic tastes, there are few things more gratifying than pairing the traditional Harvey’s Bristol Cream with a Rocky Patel T4 Torpedo. The dryness and creaminess of this pair work sumptuously well together as the ideal cigar pairing for a relaxing end to a long day.


Whether your tastes lean to red or white wines, champagne or sherry, the perfect cigar pairing is just waiting to be discovered. The ideal cigar to pair with red wine is one that is full-bodied and flavorful, like its counterpart. When it comes to white wines, a cigar sporting a sweet and fruity flavor will accentuate the fruity notes of the wine. As champagne can either be sweet or dry, putting a little thought into your cigar pairings is well worth it. The champagne’s bubbly texture can be a refreshing contrast to the smoky presence of the cigar. Sherry proves ideal for cigar pairings as its dryness blends well with numerous cigar varieties. When it comes to finding the perfect cigar pairings, it all comes down to experimentation, and let’s be honest, there are worse jobs, right?

Top 5 Petit Corona Cigars

Small cigars are ideal when you do not have much time on your hands to revel in some premium hand-rolled tobacco goodness. In addition, a small cigar is typically the preference of new cigar smokers who want to test the waters and are not yet ready to move on to a larger stick. A number of the very best brands are carried by multiple cigar shops and you are sure to find the petit corona cigars you love. These cigars with the more compact sizes include the petit corona, corona, short panatela, Cuban corona, petite belicoso and the small panatela. I’m Michael W. Asimos and these are my top 5 Petit Corona Cigars.

1. Padron Corticos

The Padron Family supplies only premium handmade cigars and the flavor heartily pays homage to the Cuban cigar tradition. You will find that Padron Corticos deliver a familiar taste for which the Padron family of cigars is known and that many have come to know and love. They are filled exclusively with sun-grown tobacco that has been thoroughly aged; exceptional quality will undoubtedly be experienced. Rolled in Nicaragua, these cigars have a perfectly-balanced, medium body, which makes them an ideal choice for both newbies and seasoned cigar aficionados. Individuals looking to enjoy that one-of-a-kind Padron flavor, aroma and quality in a smaller size will certainly be thrilled with this sensational smoke package, which has a total of 36 cigars.

2. CAO MX2 Dagger

These cigars are designed with the cigar smoking enthusiast in mind. CAO Mx2 Dagger premium cigars make use of two aged Maduro wrappers. It has a complex, rich and seductively smooth composite that blends the finest tobaccos from 6 different countries. The well-fermented dark outer wrapper is the Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and the binder (the inner wrapper) is made out of a zesty Brazilian Maduro leaf. They serve as a sweet and spicy surround for the mix of exquisite tobaccos from countries like Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Peru. The first third starts off with a dense, medium body Maduro flavor with coffee and earthy tones. They also pair incredibly well with a good whiskey. CAO MX2 Daggers are among the best the brand has to offer.

3. Ashton Symmetry Belicoso

The Ashton Symmetry Belicoso contains quantities of Nicaraguan tobacco, which is a first for this brand of cigars. This particular blend is encased in a pristine Ecuadoran wrapper that perfectly brings together the Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco contained in Symmetry. This provides a magnificent smoking experience that is rich in coffee bean, spicy cinnamon and black cherry notes and that is only on the first few puffs. Notes of toast, vanilla and almond continue to unfold in remarkable symmetry. It is clear that a massive amount of care and thought were put into the production and release of the Ashton Symmetry Belicoso.

4. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark cigar has a stimulating story, state-of-the-art shape and fascinating blend, while maintaining the usual standards of excellence. The blend pays homage to the original Don Carlos cigar; however, this particular release has been altered a bit. The wrapper originates in Cameroon and the tobaccos inside are grown and aged exceptionally in the Dominican Republic; this is the basic recipe for the majority of Don Carlos cigars. Instead of sticking to a strict formula, this cigar is blended instinctively. From just a single puff of this cigar you will know, for sure, that you are smoking a superior blend, which fans of the brand already know.

5. Tatuaje Cabinet Noellas

The Tatuaje line is a relative new entry into the cigar industry but it is already being touted as a leading brand of premium cigars. Tatuaje Cabinet Noellas are designed in the conventional triple-cap Cuban style and it is essentially a medium to full bodied puro from Nicaragua. From start to finish, this cigar is a pleasing smoking experience. If properly aged, the Tatuaje Cabinet Noellas will provide quite a spicy beginning and a full-flavored taste with heavy leathery and earthy notes that are reduced by creamy chocolate flavors. Without a doubt, this is a high-quality cigar and those who have a preference for a full-bodied smoking experience will definitely enjoy it.

Top 5 Best Cigar Lounges In Miami

Cigar smoking is a lifestyle that has to be done right, and that means finding the best cigars, investing in quality cigar kits and most importantly, finding the right place to enjoy them. Miami is has a thriving cigar aficionado community fueled mostly by the large Cuban population in the region. The popularity of cigars in Miami has made the city one of the top spots for connoisseurs. Cigar lounges in Miami cater to the versatile needs of cigar users from the lone smoker to the social one, and they vary in styles from member-only establishments to sports lounges.

Casa De Montecristo, Prime Cigar and Whiskey Bar

For a cigar lover looking for laidback cigar lounges in Miami, this one qualifies. The ambiance is reserved, and the place is well ventilated, so patrons do not have to worry about too much smoke. Its walk-in humidor offers a diverse range of cigars. If suggestions are necessary, the manager is extremely helpful. The whiskey collection is impressive, and cocktail lovers will like the choice as well. Casa de Montecristo is on 1106 S Miami Drive.

Little Havana Cigar Factory

Located at 1501 SW Eighth St, Little Havana is a comfortable place to shop for cigars. It is laid out like a parlor with leather armchairs where connoisseurs can sit. The shop offers some of the biggest brands like Davidoffs from the Dominican Republic and Padrón from Nicaragua. Cigars are arranged by blender then by label, and the staff is very efficient when it comes to helping buyers find what they need. The wine and beer selection is not bad either. For someone who fancies coffee with his/her cigar, the place has delicious Cuban coffee. Little Havana Cigar Factory is located at 1501 SW 8th St.

Guantanamera Cigars

For the complete Little Havana experience — Cuban coffee, a freshly rolled cigar, and live Cuban music — this is one of the top cigar lounges in Miami to try out. Cuban culture inspires the interior décor with a lively stage and well-stocked humidor. Patrons can get in-house cigars, hand-rolled like the Duo Churchill. The staff is very knowledgeable about cigars, which makes it easier even for a first-timer to shop. Located at 1465 SW 8th St, Guantanamera Cigars stays open until late.

Española Cigar Bar and Lounge

Española is perfect for the cigar aficionado who likes to socialize while smoking. The area is a favorite for tourists is it is a great place to mingle with the locals. If one wants to get a bite and a few sangrias before relaxing for smokes, Española Cigar Bar on 409 Española Way does not disappoint. It has reasonable cigar prices, and the outdoor seating area is excellent for people watching.

Havana Humidor

From Liga Privada to God of Fire to Padron, Havana Humidor stocks cigars from all the right regions and brands. Whether one is a seasoned cigar smoker or a beginner, the humidor has something suitable. The great ventilation makes this one of the most comfortable cigar lounges in Miami. It has an elegant and reserved ambiance without being too posh. There are large screens for patrons wanting to watch a game or two, but for those who prefer open air, there is an outside area. Havana Humidor is at 8353 Bird Rd.

5 Things Cigar Lovers Should Know When Traveling To Cuba

As it concerns cigar production, Cuba is the mecca. From planting to harvesting, cutting, rolling and packaging, all is done in Cuba. Therefore, traveling to Cuba and not purchasing cigars could be likened to going the moon and not bringing back a rock. It is a must for those who enjoy a good cigar and those looking to get into the hobby. Below are 5 things cigar lovers should know when traveling to Cuba:

1. Cuban Cigars are Less Costly in Cuba

As you may have expected, Cuban cigars are more inexpensive to purchase in Cuba in comparison to buying them online or elsewhere in the world. You can purchase top-quality single cigars in stores for between 7 and 25 CUC (US$7 to $25), while packages of 25 cost upwards of 120 CUC. You could spend as much as five times these costs online.

2. Cuban Cigars May No Longer be the Best

There are studies that have found that Cuba no longer makes the best cigars. Surveys were conducted and cigar enthusiasts have expressed that cigars manufactured in Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic are more superior. This is not necessarily due to deterioration in the quality of Cuban cigars, it is more that the making of cigars in the previously mentioned countries and elsewhere around the globe have improved significantly.

3. Don’t Be Fooled by Fake Cuban Cigars

Cuba is arguably the safest country in Latin America for travelers. However, there are unscrupulous characters who will attempt to scam you out of your money with fake cigars. If you fall for the scam, you could find yourself with obviously stolen or fake Cuban cigars boxes with phony products after spending $250 to $300 USD. Buy from the stores to avoid the possibility of this happening.

4. Money Matters

For many, travel to Cuba may seem like a journey back in time. You should take cash to change into CUCs, which are convertible pesos used by visitors. There is another Cuban currency used by locals known as CUPs or Cuban pesos. It is important to budget carefully as there are only a few ATMs in Havana and currently bank cards issued in the United States are not accepted.

On paper, one CUC is worth one U.S. dollar; however, the government of Cuba takes a fee of 13 percent, leaving you with 87 cents for the dollar. Cubans may privately offer you 90 cents or more but it is important to be cautious about who you trust.

5. The Locals are Remarkable

You should explore beyond your desires for great cigars and interact with the natives. With its colorful culture, lush landscapes and beautiful beaches, Cuba is a spectacular destination. Best of all, its citizens are friendly, happy and downright remarkable.

The streets are full of music and there is much to see. These include vintage cars and massive mansions that are evidence of better times. Even those who do not like to smoke have attested to the seduction of the smells of these world-class cigars.

My Top 5 Cigar And Whiskey Pairings For 2018

The power of pairing is a very real thing in many walks of life. From wines and foods to Sonny and Cher, complementary pairs accentuate one another’s qualities while playing off each other’s differences. Cigars and whiskey pairings are no exception as the taste buds enjoy the titillating union of flavor and texture. As few things evoke feelings of relaxation more than enjoying a wee dram and a puff, enjoy a little guidance on the ultimate in cigar and whiskey pairings to inspire your taste buds through the upcoming year.

1) Angel’s Envy Bourbon and Dram Cask #3 Toro Cigar PairingAngels Envy Michael W. Asimos Cigar and Whiskey Pairings

As both Angel’s Envy and Dram Cask #3 are spicy, they make a perfectly hot couple. The bourbon, finished in port wine barrels, cuts the spics of the cigar as they bring out each other’s more subtle vanilla, nutty, fruity and sweet notes. While both are bold flavors on their own, their union yields a relaxing and flavorful smoke.

2) Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve and My Father Le BIJOU 1922 Torpedo PairingPappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Michael W. Asimos Cigar and Whiskey Pairings

This pairing joins the #1-rated cigar with an equally decadent whiskey. My Father Le BIJOU 1922 Torpedo has a wide array of flavor notes including chocolate, coffee, woodiness, and leather. When joined with the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve, a shared creamy-coffee layer with earthy and nutty components come to the forefront. For a truly luxurious smoke, this pairing will not disappoint.

3) Bushmills 21 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Perdomo Craft Series Amber Epicure Sun Grown PairingBushmills 21 Year Single Malt Michael W. Asimos Cigar and Whiskey Pairings

Recently introduced by third-generation cigar maker, Nick Perdomo, the Perdomo Craft Series Amber Epicure Sun Grown is specifically blended with a heavy malt-flavor combination in mind. The Bushmills 21 year single malt Irish whiskey’s heavy and sweet malt tones match up perfectly with the cigar’s fruity notes. The sweetness of the whiskey and dry fruitiness of the cigar compliment each other in a way that will keep tasters engaged until the very last drop and puff.

4) Jack Daniel’s and Black Belt Buckle Corona GordaJack Daniels Michael W. Asimos Cigar and Whiskey Pairing

The classic humble flavoring of the Jack Daniels’ woody and sweet whiskey is the perfect match for the Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda’s bursting flavor punch. Together, these two produce an earthy rugged smoke to rival the great culinary pairings of the world.

5) Knappogue Castle 12-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Camacho American Barrel-Aged Robusto PairingKnappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Michael W. Asimos Cigar and Whiskey Pairings

This pairing is an accessible option in terms of price, while still delivering a unique taste sensation. The Knappogue whiskey, 12 years aged in bourbon casks, has found its brother in the Camacho American, also aged in bourbon casks. Thus similar flavors have infused both the whiskey and the cigar. The whiskey’s malty sweetness enhances the toasty flavors of the cigar, while their flavor commonalities meld into perfection for the smoothest of smokes.

As you move into 2018, think of relaxation, rejuvenation, and seizing those moments of luxurious decadence when and where you can. Let the ultimate in cigars and whiskey pairings wash over you, enjoying their flavor gifts and the slower pace they encourage.

5 Cigar Accessories Every Cigar Aficionado Needs

Cigars never go out of style; they are still as classy as they were five decades ago and will, undoubtedly, remain so for a long time to come. The various flavors available provide the perfect choices for different individuals. Cigar smoking, however, is not just a pastime, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a tradition that takes more than the right cigar to get right. Any aficionado worth their salt knows that you have to accessorize your cigar to enjoy it fully. But, which cigar accessories should you be spending money on? Here are my recommendations.

1) Humidors

No self-respecting cigar smoker should start shopping for cigars without a place to keep them. A humidor is an airtight container for storing cigars to ensure they stay at certain humidity levels. Humidity affects the flavor and freshness of a cigar. 65-70% is the optimal temperature that will not turn cigars stale or let them lose their flavor. With the controlled temperature that a humidor provides, you can maintain the superior quality of your cigars for a long time. Humidors come in various stylish designs, colors, and materials, which you should consider when getting one. You can also get a lock and key humidor to keep people away from your cigars.

My personal favorite humidor is the Scorch Torch Cigar Humidor which is only $35 on Amazon and can store up to 73 cigars when stored vertically.

Michael W. Asimos Cigar Humidor Reccomendation

2) Lighter

It may seem obvious, but you need the appropriate lighter for your cigar smoking. A seasoned user knows that lighting a cigar isn’t as simple as some people may think. You can light a cigar only for it to die out moments later. Wooden matches don’t work very well, hence the need for a suitable lighter. Find a lighter with a powerful jet flame that won’t present any problems in windy conditions. A good lighter should also be easy to carry around.

My favorite cigar lighters are made by Vertigo Cigar Lighters. They offer a variety of lighter styles and be found on JRCigars.com.

Michael W. Asimos Cigar Lighter Recommendation

3) Cutter

The end of a cigar that you blow smoke through usually comes with wrapping, which makes it necessary to cut it off before lighting it. Cutting the end of a cigar is part of the ritual of cigar smoking, and a good cutter is needed for that. Cigar cutters are necessities, and they are available in several choices. You can get a table top cutter that has a lever, which you pull to cut the cigar. However, they are not easily portable. Guillotine cutters are popular because users can carry them in their pockets. They contain one or two blades that nip the end of the cigar off when the user applies enough pressure.

My favorite cigar cutter is the Xikar X8 Black Cigar Cutter. It has a sharp blade is priced affordably at $27. You can get one for yourself today at Famous-Smoke.com.

Michael W. Asimos Cigar Cutter Recommendation

4) Cigar Tube

Another item to add to your cigar accessories collection is a cigar tube. It allows you to bring your cigars along without damaging them. The cigar cylinder can fit one or more cigars, providing a portable storage. Some tubes have humidifiers and hygrometers integrated to help retain the freshness of the cigar. A cigar aficionado who is always on the go will find cigar tubes invaluable, especially on long trips.

I personally recommend the Black Alligator Regal Cigar Tube with Hygrometer and Humidifier. It is a leather cigar tube that exudes a sophisticated style. It is available at TheSmokingStore.com for $28.

Michael W. Asimos Cigar Tube Recommendation


5) Ashtray

When you are smoking your cigar in the living room or out in the deck area, an ashtray ensures that you keep the place tidy. It also provides a surface to lay your cigar when you are not smoking it. You can avoid ruining your furniture or carpets during your cigar smoking sessions. If you have a special place for your cigar smoking, you can decorate it with an elegant ashtray for that authentic feel.

You can find the Mantello Deep Blue Ceramic Cigar Ashtray in my home. I personally like this ashtray because it provides a place to hold a large cigar and is readily available on Amazon Prime for $12. I am always needing extra ashtrays for the various settings where I like to enjoy my cigars.

Michael W. Asimos Cigar Ash Tray Recommendation

Michael W. Asimos’ 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe that the Holiday Season is already back in full swing. Obviously, as a cigar aficionado, I like to give my family, friends, and fellow cigar lovers the best cigars every Holiday season. So what cigars are my favorites to give as gifts this year? Here is my, Michael W. Asimo’s, 2017 Cigar Gift Guide.

The 7 Best Cigars to Give as Holiday Gifts

858 Maduro

858 Maduro Cigar Michael W. Asimos 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The 858 Maduro is an affordable, sweet choice with a touch of nutmeg in every puff. Ut It is made by Arturo Fuente and it is a classy choice for any cigar enthusiast and won’t break the bank at less than $5 each. Heck, give two or three to your favorite cigar lovers. You can buy these at any cigar store or online. They are not hard to find at all. They are also available online at Famous-Smoke.com.


Gispert Churchill Cigars Michael W. Asimos 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The Churchill has a  creamy taste with a smooth hint of coffee and cedar in each wonderful draw. It is made by Gispert and it is a classic gift cigar. Gispert makes one of the best cigars in the industry. It’s also amazingly affordable at under $5. Churchills are available at any cigar store or online at JRCigars.com.


Toro Cigar Michael W. Asimo's 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The Toro is creamy and sweet. This cigar works best in the morning but is a popular “anytime” choice for many enthusiasts. It is part of Rocky Patel’s “American Market Selection” and makes a great gift with prices at about $4 each and a perfect cigar when you aren’t sure about a person’s specific tastes. The Toro from Rocky Patel is universally loved and appreciated. It is available at any fine cigar store or online seller. You can also find it at Famous-Smoke.com.

Vintage Michelangelo

Vintage Michelangelo Michael W. Asimos' 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The Vintage Michelangelo is woody, mellow, and super-smooth. It is made by La Fontana and from Honduran tobaccos. It is a great gift to give at about $3 a pop, and, for a top-notch cigar, is a good idea any time of the year.  It is available at any online cigar shop or brick-and-mortar cigar/smoke shop. You can buy it today at NeptuneCigar.com.

Occidental Reserve Connecticut Robusto

Occidental Reserve Connecticut Cigars Michael W. Asimos' 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The Occidental Reserve Connecticut Robusto is mellow, crisp, and has a nutty flavor. It is a perfect choice for after mealtime or while enjoying the great outdoors. It is made by Alec Bradley and is inexpensive, flavorful, and universally enjoyed, even for once-a-year cigar folks. This is an ideal cigar to give to someone who is just getting into the study and appreciation of fine tobacco. It is available at fine cigar stores and online from any major retailer. You can buy today in time for the Holidays at Famous-Smoke.com.

Number 9 Churchill

Vudu Sacrifice Churchill Number 9's Michael W. Asimos' 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

The Number 9 Churchill has a rich taste with a medium body. This cigar includes notes of caramel and nutmeg. It is made by Vudu Sacrifice and is inexpensive and perfect for holiday feasts that include an “after dinner” cigar break.  It is available at brick-and-mortar outlets as well as online sellers including Famous-Smoke.com.

Cafe Lords

Cafe Lords Michael W. Asimos' 2017 Cigar Gift Guide

Cafe Lords have a classic mild taste that is both fragrant and mellow. They are made by Macanudo and these under-$5 cigars carry a cedar and nut flavor that makes them an ideal companion for holiday meals with the family. They are available at cigar stores everywhere, but also available through online sellers. Macanudo cigars are literally everywhere. You can buy them today at ThompsonCigar.com.

Giving the gift of a fine cigar is one of the best things you can do for someone during the holidays. I’ve started handing out top-notch cigars as gifts and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only do cigars make unique, memorable gifts, but cigar-lovers are able to enjoy their gift the minute they open it. And the best (slightly selfish I’ll admit) thing is, some of those recipients have begun giving me cigars as gifts, and I’m certainly not complaining!

Movember vs No-Shave November: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever noticed that many men stop shaving in the month of November? Many men who are cleanly shaven all year long are suddenly growing mustaches and beards. Chances are, these people are like me, Michael W. Asimos, and they are taking part in either No Shave November or Movember. These are two separate charities with different missions. If you want to take part in the movement, you should first understand what each organization does. This will give you an idea of what movement to become a part of and what you need to do to get involved.

No-Shave November

This mission of No-Shave November is to raise cancer awareness and to raise funds to support cancer prevention, education, and research. This is a non-profit, web-based organization. Many cancer patients lose their hair during their treatment. The goal of No-Shave November is to embrace the hair that you do have by letting it grow freely throughout the month of November. The money that you save on shaving and grooming products would be donated to the cause to help those battling cancer.

The rules of No-Shave November are simple. For 30 days, you should stop shaving completely. If your employer has a strict dress code, you are allowed to lightly trim. The money that you save would be donated. If you don’t think you can go a month without shaving, you can donate to someone who is taking part in the movement.

If you are planning to participate, you can create your own personal fundraising page at https://no-shave.org.  All you need to do is register with No-Shave November and you can start raising money. You can even get together with friends and create a group fundraising page. After you have registered, you can let people know about your page through social media and encourage them to make a donation. The money that you earn during the month would be donated to:

Prevent Cancer: A non-profit foundation that focuses on cancer prevention and early detection.
Fight Colorectal Cancer: This is a group of activists who are committed to fighting this type of cancer until there is a cure.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: This is the leading children’s hospital for cancer treatment and all children are welcome regardless of their ability to pay.

Movember Foundation

On average, men die six years earlier than women do. In order to make a change and help men live longer, the Movember Foundation was created. On November 1st, men shave their faces completely. Throughout the entire month of November, they stop shaving completely. They allow their mustaches and beards to grow throughout the entire month. Movember is the only global charity in existence that focuses completely on men’s health. Since 2003, the movement has earned over $710 million worldwide. Also, they helped to fund 1,200 men’s programs over 21 countries.

There are plenty of ways that you can get involved. First, you need to sign up at Movember.com. After you sign up, you can start raising funds for the cause. You can advertise your mission on social media and encourage your friends to donate. If you don’t want to stop shaving or if you are a woman who cannot grow a beard but you still want to help, you can donate to another participant’s page. You can even organize events to raise money for the cause.

At the end of the month, the funds are distributed foundations that fund three key issues that men deal with including:

• Prostate cancer
• Testicular cancer
• Mental health and suicide prevention for men

How To Maintain Your Beard

If you are cleanly shaven all year, you are going to need to know how to grow your beard during the month of November. I am very active in both of the November beard movements and I swear by the Dollar Beard Club. This is a monthly subscription club where you would receive all of the items that you will need to grow a healthy beard and they are delivered right to your door. Setting up your subscription is very simple and it begins with choosing the items that you want.

• Oils: The first step in the subscription process is to choose your favorite beard oil. These are necessary to keep your beard from drying out.
• Balms and Waxes; The next step would be to choose your balm or wax. These products are loaded with vitamins and mineral that are necessary for your beard health and its growth.
• Shower Items: You would be able to choose from a shampoo or a body wash, which are specially formulated for your growing beard.
• Accelerators: To make your beard grow quickly, you would need to choose an accelerator. They offer sprays, oils, and vitamins. The one that you choose would be up to you.
• Accessories: The last choice that you need to make is the accessories. You can choose between beard combs, beard brushes, and hats.

Each month, you would customize your package and your beard products would be delivered right to your home. This is the best way to grow the healthy, long beard that you are going to need during the month of November.

No-Shave November and Movember are both great organizations. You can take part in one or in both, and help raise funds for some very worthy causes.

My Cryptocurrency Ventures

I’ve recently had a renewed interest in cryptocurrency. Quite a few of my colleagues and friends have been investing in cryptocurrency and getting a positive return on their investment. As such, I felt like the time had come for me to partake in this venture. Therefore, I recently joined the Bitcoin Foundation to take my interest a step further.

Why I Decided to Invest in Cryptocurrency?

As previously mentioned, I decided to invest in cryptocurrency because I have seen several of my friends and colleagues get a good return on their investment. Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately and I felt like, the time was right to start investing myself.

For those who may be unaware of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, here is a brief explanation of the industry. Cryptocurrency is essentially a digital asset intended to be used as an exchange medium. Essentially, it is a type of electronic money that uses cryptography for transaction security and to manage the creation of other units of the currency. In 2009, Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency. Today the three most popular types of cryptocurrency include Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.

Cryptocurrency is becoming more and popular among entrepreneurs across several industries. Even major players within the cigar industry are taking more than just a passing interest in this digital phenomenon. In fact, the biggest premium cigar retailer in Australia, Fine Cigars Australia, has started to accept cryptocurrency after customers made the request via email.

Matthew Mroczek, the General Manager of the company, has stated that the company was at a stage where they were comfortable with Bitcoin. The cigar company directly accepts Bitcoin into a personal wallet. They do not use any payment processor and further along on the supply chain, they get to use the currency. They have been doing this for several months now to pay suppliers in Mexico, Nicaragua, and other places. They have found this payment method to be quite efficient.

What is the Bitcoin Foundation?

The Bitcoin Foundation is essentially a group of individuals who are focused on standardizing, safeguarding and promoting the use of Bitcoins all across the globe.

The mission of the foundation is to coordinate the efforts of its members, assisting in the creation of awareness of Bitcoin benefits, how it is used and related technology requirements for regulators, technologists, the media and all other stakeholders.

The foundation’s vision is for Bitcoin to become an internationally-accepted method of storing and exchanging value. Its ultimate aim is to operate without requirement for third parties. Their values are:

• Guaranteed financial access
• Privacy
• Autonomy
• Decentralization
• Financial Inclusion
• Stable money supplies

The Board of Directors is made up of:

• Executive Director, Llew Claasen
• Chairman, Brock Pierce
• Vice Chairman, Bobby Lee
• Board Member, Bruce Fenton
• Board Member, Elizabeth McCauley
• Board Member, Michael Perklin
• Board Member, Francois Pouliot
• Board Member, Vinny Lingham

These individuals have a wealth of knowledge and have been a part of the digital marketplace for several years.

How You Can Join the Bitcoin Foundation

The success of Bitcoin largely depends of the support of its membership. You can become a member of this powerful movement for only $10 per month or for $100 per annum. The membership fee will help with the funding of advocacy and training programs for 2017.

As a part of the membership of the Bitcoin Foundation, you can:

• Access special offers and exclusive discounts for partner and foundation products and events
• Receive a monthly members-only update report from the Executive Director about operational and financial aspects of the foundation
• Participate in the Bitcoin Foundation’s yearly planning process for training and advocacy programs
• Gain access to an exclusive dedicated Slack monthly newsletter and channel
• Be a part of a movement that will change the world