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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028619757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028619750
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

The former publisher of The Compleat Smoker, Gage has compiled an unbelievably thorough trove of cigar data, from the growing process to cigar history, to lingo and accessories. With a foreword by Alyson R. Boxman, this book provides valuable tips about the best size, shape, and make for a new smoker, while a glossary and 100-cigar descriptive review arms the neophyte with all the pertinent cigar information. -- Smoke, Dec. 1997/Feb. 1998

From the Back Cover

Choosing and smoking a cigar doesn't have to get you all fired up! You're no idiot, of course. You throw sophisticated parties, mix your favorite drinks, prepare delicious meals. But when it comes to smoking a cigar, you don't know which end to light. Don't burn out yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars takes the fear out of choosing and smoking fine stogies. Feel confident about browsing in a smokeshop, setting up a humidor, and smoking a cigar with style. In this Complete Idiot's Guide you get: Valuable tips about the best cigar size and shape for you. Solid information about the preparation and distribution of cigars around the world. Expert advice on choosing quality cigars for a good price. Practical suggestions on judging the cigars you smoke. A comprehensive rating guide to the best cigars around.

More About the Author

Tad was 24 when he smoked his first cigar -- the first thing he'd ever smoked. Sure he would despise it, but an adventurer at heart, he took the plunge, loved it, and never looked back. In the 1990s, he published The Compleat Smoker magazine, the first magazine dedicated to the lifestyle of cigars and pipes. He reviews cigars for cigarchronicles.com and has reviewed and written on cigars and pipe tobacco for the past 20 years. He wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars in hopes that those captivated by the rich flavor of a cigar would want to know more about its history, cultivation and enjoyment. After more than 15 years and two editions, he has been more than gratified by the book's steady book sales, and the positive reviews and comments he has received.

Customer Reviews

I've only read a handful of books from cover to cover, and this is one of them.
Siege
For someone like me who's just a beginer in the world of cigar it's a very useful book, with lot's of interesting stuff.
Carlos F. B. Menezes
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars" is a fine introduction to the cigar world.
Erik Olson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
As I'm fond of telling whoever will listen, I never touched alcohol until I went to seminary. Cigars are an even more recently acquired vice. My older brother got me into Macanudos, and since then I've enjoyed Avos, Buteras, and Arturo Fuentes. I'm even a regular at a Portland cigar bar, where I unwind after a long workweek with tawny port, long stogie, and a good book. I've learned enough about cigars to be dangerous, so I wanted a more formal knowledge base about them. Therefore, I decided to pick up this guide.

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars" is a fine introduction to the cigar world. Tad Gage has a deep affection for cigars, and he writes in a clear, enthusiastic manner about them. He explains the different types of cigars, the procedure for smoking one, and proper storage. In addition to this practical advice, Mr. Gage reveals the history of cigars, how they are made, and the reality behind the whole Cuban tobacco mystique. He even devotes a chapter to pipe smoking for those so inclined. At the book's end is a rating list of many common brands, along with a mild to full-bodied flavor chart. So far Mr. Gage's tastes have mirrored my own, so I look forward to trying more of his favorites (such as Davidoff and Fuente Fuente OpusX).

I understand that there's a backlash towards tobacco, and one should count the cost before indulging. But life is short, and certain pleasures in moderation aren't a bad thing. It's a shame that my home state (Washington) has banned smoking in public places. I patronized a number of Seattle's cigar bars back in the day, and I miss them. But at least Oregon hasn't jumped on the prohibition bandwagon. At any rate, if you are interested in becoming a cigar aficionado, then start with "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars." Long ashes to you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "thecashflowguy" on June 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is obviously the work of authors who are genuinely interested in educating and informing their readers, as opposed to merely showcasing their expertise (which they both possess). The text is organized in an intuitively obvious way that is user-friendly without being boring, redundant, or insulting to the reader's intelligence.... Penned in a clear, concise writing style that makes for an effortless, entertaining read which invites one back for future reference. The authors' insight instills the reader with the self-confidence to consistently make quality selections, observe appropriate tobacciana decorum, and maximize the enjoyment of any cigar-smoking opportunity. Well done -- I give it 5 humidors!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olshansky on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that I'm new to Cigar smoking. Sure, I know the basics as far as care and cutting, but that's about it. I wanted to know more and found this book to be ideal for Cigar newbies such as myself. Heck, even some experienced smokers could learn a thing or two by reading this book.

To keep this short and sweet, I will say that the book gives you tips on simple things like lighting (wood matches = good, paper matches = bad, butane lighters = good, fluid lighters = arson), cutters, ash trays, and how to handle cigars. It also gets more advanced and even historical, covering such topics as different cuts, different blends, origins, farming, curing, aging, geography, and more.

I have been enjoying this book while smoking a few good (and not so good) cigars and each time I learn something new. Last night, I read about how tobacco is grown, the different parts of the plant, and the how the differences between locales effect the the resulting tobacco leaves. The author gives plenty of detail but does so without boring you. I have already learned more about tobacco than I ever thought I would!

The book also does a nice job explaining important topics such as cigar sizes and their associated names, how the different sizes effect flavor, and how to choose good cigars from your local shop. There is also information on many different brands, which has been a handy reference.

My only disappointment with the book is that there is a chapter dedicated to pipe tobacco. While this is a nice bonus, I could do without it. The book also skims over one really important topic: choosing a good humidor. Sure, there are several pages discussing the basics, but a humidor is so important that I wish there was a little more detail. For that reason, I deducted half-a-star.

Overall, you can't go wrong with this book. It's chock full of useful information and is probably the best reference for new smokers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT KINGSLEY on May 3, 2004
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Whatever your level of interest in cigar smoking - whether you are a veteran or a raw rookie of cigars - this book will interest you. One will learn many facts about cigars, their manufacturing, their storage, and how and where cigar leaf is grown.
You will learn how to get more out of your cigar smoking and learn how to savor your cigar. Written in plain English, it is easy to understand and straight forward. Useful recommendations of what cigars to purchase are plentiful.
The best thing about this book is that it is not at all intimidating and once you read it, your knowledge of cigars and the industry will increase.
A must read for all cigar fans!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
For one just beginning to "seriously" get into cigars, this has provided a most helpful resource.
From the monumental tips on determing what cigar size and shape for you to how to cut, light, purchase, store, revive and rate cigars, this is just a great and "fun" resource to turn to.
There's also a neat section on matching drinks with cigars and just a wonderful section on Cuban cigars: are they what everyone says they are!
Recommended place to start.
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