This classic guide to the world of cigars covers everything from their history and traditions to tips on selecting, storing and enjoying the perfect cigar.
Written by Richard Carleton Hacker, one of the world’s most acclaimed pipe and cigar authors, The Ultimate Cigar Book offers a highly informative and engaging exploration of virtually every facet of cigar making and smoking. A classic of cigar literature since it was first published in 1993, this fourth edition continues to set the standard for today’s aficionados.
Combining insider knowledge with a raconteur’s wit, Hacker takes readers on a world tour of cigars. Starting with a history of cigar smoking, he then delves into the various ways cigars are made today. Hacker shares the secrets of finding the “perfect” cigar, the time-honored rituals of smoking, and the best techniques for care and storage. He also discusses a range of popular cigar accessories, and even suggests which beers, wines, whiskeys, brandies, and cognacs go with what cigars.
After a colorful recap of cigar smoking celebrities, Hacker concludes with an international compendium of virtually every cigar brand known today, complete with historical profiles and observations on taste according to the author’s personal—and admittedly prejudice—ratings. If that was not enough, there is even a dictionary of CigarSpeak!