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Cigar 101: How to Light Up in Style

Whiskey and cigars — it’s a pairing right up there in the manly pantheon with spaghetti and meatballs, bread and butter, beer and pizza. But while enjoying cigars can be just a basic satisfaction, the various shapes, styles, flavors, and rituals involved can also be as bewildering as trying as to understand the rules of cricket.

If you’re new to the game, here are some basics that will add to your gentlemanly poise:

Melanie Miller and Casey Hyland of Hyland Miller glass studio in Kentucky

Meet 4 Honestly Awesome Kentucky Craftspeople

Melanie Miller and Casey Hyland of Hyland Miller glass studio in Kentucky

At Ezra Brooks, we’re into all things handcrafted — so much so that we’re launching a contest this fall to celebrate them. Although we can’t give away too many details right now, we can tell you that the winners will score some amazing creations from the four artisans below, all of whom call Kentucky home, just like we do.

Keep an eye out for updates on the Honestly Handcrafted contest. (If you sign up to for Ezra Brooks emails, you’ll be the first to know when it starts.) In the meantime, read all about these awesome American craftspeople.

5 Times Honesty Isn’t the Best Policy

A hallmark of a modern gentleman is that he never lies. Every now and then, though, he might encounter a sticky situation where the truth needs to be bent ever so slightly. Put another way: a situation where a little white lie might be the best way out.

Though rare, these moments do occur, so it’s best to be prepared. Here’s how to navigate five common scenarios with grace.

5 Defining Characteristics of the Modern Gentleman

Man's hand holding a glass of whiskey

The modern gentleman is never less than his authentic self and always remembers his manners. While others may have let these basics slide, the honest among us strive to set an example for others by keeping these practices alive. These are things the modern gentleman is always sure to do.

5 Non-Bourbon Lifestyle Essentials for the Modern Man

Leather boots, a style essential for the modern gentleman

To be a master at life, you first need to master your personal effects. Knowing “your brand” of bourbon whiskey is only one component; there are a few other everyday items that every true gentleman should collect.