The Cigar Companion is the perfect study-side guide to unlocking the delicate intricacies and delicious undertones of handmade cigars—including the history of cigars, a buyer's guide, and profiles of 70 current top brands of quality cigars complemented by full-color photographs.
Much more sophisticated than their slimmer, machine-made counterparts, a good cigar offers a certain levity and celebration. Often compared with fine wine, the way that good cigar products are made and the quality of the ingredients are reflected in the flavor of the final product. The rich history of enjoying cigars has seen many changes, yet hand rolling remains a valued practice among cigar aficionados—there are just some things that machines cannot copy. The time-treasured practice of harvesting, drying, and curing the leaveshas a deep traditional background and has shown innovative developments that offer new experiences to cigar smokers. There are many different ways to make cigars, and even more ways to discern its quality once it is in the hands of the consumer.
If you're curious about any aspect of cigar culture, The Cigar Companion covers:
- The origin story of cigars
- A cigar directory of fan favorites
- Best practices for buying cigars
- Storage techniques for maximum preservation
- Directory of reputable cigar merchants to get you started
About the Author
Writer and filmmaker Anwer Bati is the author of several books, including The Cigar Companion, The Essential Cigar, and Celebrating Cigars and has written for Time magazine, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, and many other publications.
A collector, aficionado, and lover of fine things, Simon Chase has written many buyer's guides.