The Cigar World










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Never-before-seen insights into the fascinating world of the elegant cigar
Exclusive interviews with prominent smokers about their favorite brands and great cigar moments
A wonderfully entertaining book, not just for smokers!

Luxury, exclusivity, status—for centuries, the cigar has been a symbol for the special and extraordinary. Cigar smoking, which began over 2,000 years ago with the Maya, is experiencing a huge renaissance today. The cigar is a recreational luxury item in high demand, a combination of craftsmanship and tradition with a cult following that is hard to top. Connoisseur and cigar expert Cosima M. Aichholzer is one of the world’s leading authorities on cigars. There isn’t a cigar lounge in the world she has not travelled to, or a brand that she has not personally tested.

Let us take you on an exciting and fascinating journey into the world of cigars. Learn more about the countries they come from, the raw materials that go into them, the craftsmanship involved in making them, and the world’s most beautiful cigar lounges, all shown in captivating pictures. Take a look at exclusive accessories, custom-made humidors, luxurious lighters, and many other items. So sit back, light up a cigar with celebrity fellow smokers, and peruse entertaining interviews that include tidbits like the cigar that Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unforgettable.

In THE CIGAR WORLD, Cosima M. Aichholzer will introduce you to interesting and highly regarded personalities of the cigar world, as well as offer an insight into a dazzling and international microcosm which on closer observation seems almost like a family to her. The opening chapter deals with TOP CIGAR BRANDS and their histories. Spearheading these producers are experts and enthusiasts who live to create the perfect cigar. She then explores the world’s most FAMOUS CIGAR SHOPS. Some of these have existed for generations, whilst others have opened in recent years and have been fabulously designed. The current trend for CIGAR LOUNGES has given birth to some wonderful creations around the world. In the course of researching this book, Cosima M. Aichholzer was fortunate enough to visit over 100 lounges. She presents here some of the most beautiful and interesting from that esteemed group. In CIGAR LIFESTYLE, she focus on the most beautiful things that surround the pleasure of cigar smoking. The cigar has made its appearance in the world of art and gastronomy, as well. THE CIGAR WORLD also includes a special by top Chef Anton Mosimann for the book created tobacco and a unique Roberto Cavalli photograph of his beloved Zino Cigar. After a short introduction into the Cigar Etiquette, finally, Cosima lets several international cigar connoisseurs have their say.

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