What the Hell is a Herf?

What the Hell is a Herf?

In the online cigar community, the term 'herf' has now taken on a life of its own and can be properly used in a growing variety of diverse ways.

Herf: (verb) to smoke a cigar, in a group of cigar smokers or alone. (noun) a gathering of smokers in one location.

The term “herf” was coined during the mid-1990’s cigar boom. It is the unofficial word of the website alt.cigar.smokers (ASC). It can be correctly used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, and an adverb. The most common use is as a noun for a “cigar party or get-together” where fellow cigar smokers meet at a certain location to relax, smoke, share or trade cigars and discuss the cigar culture.

A herf can be held at a cigar store or lounge or a bar that permits smoking cigars. A herf can also be held at someone’s home. A herf can be a special occasion where one might be inclined to bring some of their finest premium cigars.

More elaborate herf events may include poker tournaments, spirit tastings, raffles and fundraising for charities. But most importantly, attending a herf is a great way to meet new friends and connect with old ones, relax and enjoy cigars.

A herf is not necessarily an excuse to show-off your Fuente Fuente Opus X. A “herf-worthy cigar” is any cigar that you feel is best for enjoying under ideal conditions. Perhaps you plan on pairing your cigar with a libation; you will want to select the cigar fitting to that spirit.

Maybe you discovered something new and plan to gift your cigars; you should probably bring enough for your comrades. Since you will most likely spend several hours at a herf, you may want to choose cigars in larger sizes like Toros, Churchills, Double Coronas, and Torpedoes that you can savor for at least an hour or more.

What are some of the best “herf-worthy” cigars?  Here at El Cigar, we have the knowledge to find the perfect cigars for your herf. There are hundreds of options to choose from to buy cigars online, but we broke it down to the best in quality for a variety of flavorful, yet milder in strength profiles for the first time Herfer!

 

Let’s go herfing now!

#1. Gurkha Private Select Toros is an exceptional premium blend of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos infused with 7 year-aged Ron Abuelo rum. The cigar is a perfect choice for the lounge serf herf. Of course, you’ll want to sip premium spiced rum with your Gurkha Toro.

#2. The Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne Epicure (6.5 x 54) is an excellent cigar whether you’re smoking in the bar, lounge or at home. The aged Nicaraguan Puro is mild to medium-bodied, smooth and mellow with a hint of spice.

#3. Chateau Fuente Pyramid by Arturo Fuente is a Torpedo with the finest blend of aged Dominican filler and binder then encased in a golden Connecticut Shade wrapper.  It is mild to medium bodied with a base flavor of nuts with notes cedar, spice, and caramel. The Chateau Fuente Pyramid is a nice sharing cigar at the outdoor herf, and will certainly garner great admiration.

#4. For the morning herf, Java Latte Corona is the best coffee-infused cigar made with fine tobaccos from Nicaragua and a silky smooth Connecticut wrapper. The infusion of mocha, coffee and a touch of vanilla into the cigar makes it the ideal companion to a cup of rich dark coffee.

#5. La Palina Illumination Lancero is an American made well-balanced, medium-bodied cigar with notes of toasted nuts, sweet caramel, pepper, and citrus. As an everyday cigar or an addition at a herf event; a classic pairing of cognac with the Illumination will enhance each of their citrusy flavors. This will turn some heads.

Cigar enthusiasts are always looking for new and interesting places to light up their favorite sticks and herfs supply the perfect relaxing environment to enjoy your favorites.

 

Happy Herfing!

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