A REFERENCE book on the CULTURE and appreciation of CIGARS

A handsome object, noble and harmonious with its discreetly suave colouring, the cigar appeals to the senses with restraint and elegance. But what, really, is a cigar?

First of all, it is a product of the very ancient civilizations of South and Central America and the Caribbean, transmitted via Europe to the entire world.

Secondly, it is the result of a long and complex agricultural and hand-crafting process that requires knowledge and skill amounting to artistic creation from all those involved.

Lastly, it is a refined and serene pleasure, in which the mastery of the craftspeople is echoed in the emotions of connoisseurs devoting their capacity for artistic appreciation to the cigar.

Around these three themes, this book invites the reader to a subtle tasting and unlocks some of the cigar’s mysteries.

The author takes the standpoint of technical expert, enthusiast and humanist to depict the life of the cigar, from the first tobacco seed to the last moment of tasting.

Along the nearly 320 pages of the manuscript, around 100 illustrations from 6 talented artists explicitly clarify certain concepts, illustrate many contents or just beautifully embellish the pages of the book.

The book is presented in 11 chapters and in 2 volumes:


  • Chapter I – A Brief History
  • Chapter II – The  Terroir,  the Man and the Plant
  • Chapter III – From Seeds to Green Leaves
  • Chapter IV – From Green Leaves to Brown
  • Chapter V – From Brown Leaves to Cigars
  • Chapter VI – Leaves and Blending, Behind the Scenes


  • Chapter VII – Mechanisms of Cigar Tasting
  • Chapter VIII – Cigar Appreciation and Enjoyment
  • Chapter IX – Cigar Conservation and Ageing
  • Chapter X – Misfortunes That May Befall Cigars
  • Chapter XI –  Sensory Analysis and Judging
Matthew Lamberth13/05/2023
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"I have read Mr. Houvenaghel's book cover-to-cover twice. I enjoy the book and I am glad he shared it with the Cigar world. I wish I could find other resources like his book to engage with all the different aspects of cigar culture and cigar community. As you are probably aware, it is difficult to find information on cigars and cigar culture that are as informative, authoritative, and well-executed as The Cigar, from Soil to Soul..."
Steven Wilson24/05/2023
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"So excited to receive my copy of these books and what a package so wonderfully put together so nice to just look at what a coffee table statement and what I've read so far is so good, many thank @cigarthinker for this. If you like cigars this is a must."
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A great work and great in-depth knowledge into tobacco and cigars. Love reading this...especially while smoking... You can also find the details to the book in the blog.
Michael Dooms14/08/2023
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After the inventory 📝📝📝, time to study using the ultimate reference 🎓🎓🎓📖📖📖
Marc Lansonneur 15/05/2023
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"I really enjoyed the book and learnt a lot about cigars, thanks to this insightful book."
Adrien Dalang11/05/2023
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"I LOOOOOVE the book, it’s so rich in knowledge !!!"
Wim Herbots17/05/2023
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"I do love the book soooooo much!"
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