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Obvious question first.
What the heck is a herf?
It’s simple. It’s just a cigar party, a gathering of BOTLs and SOTLs (brothers and sisters of the leaf) to enjoy fine smokes and good company.
You’d think there would be an interesting story behind a word like ‘herf’, but, unfortunately, you’d be disappointed. All we can say about its etymology is that it was probably coined on an online cigar newsgroup (the precursor to forums, message boards and such) sometime in the 90’s.
Uncaptivating origins aside, cigar herfs are a blast. It’s hard not to have a good time at one, especially if you obey these few simple rules of cigar herf etiquette.
Herfs often involve a lot of gifting and sharing of smokes. So bring some extra along with you if you can. It’s in especially good taste to present one to the host.
But if for some reason you can’t, no problem. It’s by no means mandatory.
If you’re holding the herf at a cigar shop, things are different. You’ll want to leave your own smokes at home and buy some from the shop instead. You wouldn’t make a sandwich at home and bring it to a restaurant, would you?
Drinks and Eats
Like cigars, it’s a good idea to bring food and drink for yourself and to share -- especially on the drink side (assuming the herf isn’t at a bar).
If you’re hosting the herf, you should prepare like you would for any other party. Even if people agree to bring food and drinks beforehand, you should have a decent supply ready to make sure there’s enough to go around.
Location and Guest List
Locations can vary. Cigar shops, people’s homes and bars can all work well. The only requirement, of course, is that the location be smoke friendly.
Obviously, you want your guests to be smoke friendly, too. It’s not that non-smokers wouldn’t be welcome, but they may feel uncomfortable with all the smoke and cigar talk.
The last and most important rule is just to enjoy yourself, which shouldn’t be tough. There’s simply nothing like good friends and good cigars.
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