Even if you're intimately familiar with the inside of cigars, having split countless White Owls, you don't really know cigars. There's recreation and then there's connoisseurship. No one is suggesting you need be an expert over night, but a little knowledge never hurt. Now you'll be able to stunt at country clubs and boardroom meetings like the boss you know you are. Or are pretending to be with some key insider information.

We met with the professionals at Nat Sherman, makers of fine cigars (and cigarettes) since the 1930s, at the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York (12 East 42nd Street). Sam Perry, veteran tobacconist, and Michael Herklots, Executive Director of Retail and Brand Development, walked us through the basics, the 10 Things Every Guy Should Know About Cigars.

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