Our Tobacco

Anything from a round of golf to a relaxing Sunday afternoon can be made better with a good cigar.  Our walk-in humidor contains over 100 labels of cigars that we hand picked because of their unique characteristics.  We’re happy to offer a discount on purchases of entire boxes.  Like always, if there’s a brand of cigar that you’d like but we don’t stock it please let us know and we’ll happily order it for you.


A Cigar Smoking Guide

Some smokers inhale the smoke into the lungs, particularly with little cigars, but this is uncommon otherwise. A smoker may swirl the smoke around in the mouth before exhaling it, and may exhale part of the smoke through the nose in order to smell the cigar better as well as to taste it.

Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a “cap”. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked properly. It is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. If the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost. Some cigar manufacturers purposely place different types of tobacco from one end to the other to give the cigar smokers a variety of tastes, body and strength from start to finish. Smoking a cigar from the wrong end may result in a bad experience.


There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

  • Guillotine (straight cut)
  • Punch cut
  • V-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat’s eye, wedge cut, English cut)
The “head” of the cigar is usually the end closest to the cigar band. The opposite end of the cigar is called the “foot”. The band identifies the type of the cigar and may be removed or left on. The smoker cuts the cap from the head of the cigar and ignites the foot of the cigar. The smoker draws smoke from the head of the cigar with the mouth and lips, usually not inhaling into the lungs.


When lighting, the cigar should be rotated to achieve an even burn and the air should be slowly drawn with gentle puffs. Cigars can be lit with the use of butane-filled lighters. Butane is colorless, odorless and burns clean with very little, if any, flavor. It is not recommended to use fluid-filled lighters and paper matches since they can influence the taste. Another option is wooden matches. They are not treated and soaked with sulfur and thus the smoke is not affected with chemicals.


Cigars packaged in metal tubes will typically include a thin wrapping of cedar. This may be used to light the cigar, eliminating the problem of lighters or matches affecting the taste.

Each brand and type of cigar tastes different. While the wrapper does not entirely determine the flavor of the cigar, darker wrappers tend to produce a sweetness, while lighter wrappers usually have a “drier” taste. Whether a cigar is mild, medium, or full bodied does not correlate with quality. Some words used to describe cigar flavor and texture include; spicy, peppery (red or black), sweet, harsh, burnt, green, earthy, woodsy, cocoa, roasted, aged, nutty, creamy, cedar, oak, chewy, fruity, and leathery.


Cigar smoke, which is rarely inhaled, tastes of tobacco with nuances of other tastes. Many different things affect the scent of cigar smoke: tobacco type, quality of the cigar, added flavors, age and humidity, production method (handmade vs. machine-made) and more. A fine cigar can taste completely different from inhaled cigarette smoke. When smoke is inhaled, as is usual with cigarettes, the tobacco flavor is less noticeable than the sensation from the smoke. Some cigar enthusiasts use a vocabulary similar to that of wine-tasters to describe the overtones and undertones observed while smoking a cigar. Journals are available for recording personal ratings, description of flavors observed, sizes, brands, etc. Cigar tasting is in such respects similar to wine, Brandy, whisky, tea, coffee, and beer tasting.

Many people dislike the odor of cigar smoke, and it is considered polite for a cigar smoker to be especially careful to avoid offending them. The smoke is produced by incomplete combustion of tobacco.  Cigar smoke is more alkaline than cigarette smoke, and therefore dissolves and is absorbed more readily by the mucous membrane of the mouth, making it easier for the smoker to absorb nicotine without having to inhale.
H. Upman

H. Upmann is one of the best-known and oldest names in cigars. Founded in Cuba in 1844, this popular version, now produced in the Dominican Republic is a best seller.


H. Upmann cigars are known for being extremely dependable and consistent. Produced and distributed by Altadis U.S.A., makers of such premium brands as Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo, each H. Upmann undergoes rigorous quality control to ensure each cigar sent to retail shelves will have a great burn, flavor, and draw perfectly every time.


H. Upmann is medium-bodied due to its Piloto Cubano, Cuban-seed Dominican filler. These seeds have locked in the essence and history that have made Cuban cigars so famous, very appropriate for a cigar name with a rich history and foundation in Old Havana. The cigar is finished with an Indonesian wrapper that provides a sweet and silky finish with a truly enticing aroma. Taste a piece of cigar history with H. Upmann.

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta is an iconic cigar named after a literary favorite. The 1875 cigar’s beautiful Indonesian Shade Grown TBN wrapper surrounds a classic Dominican binder and a blend of Dominican long fillers that burn with a characteristic white ash, providing a smooth, mellow taste with medium body. It’s a premium cigar with a storybook ending.


They say you can’t improve on a legend, but don’t tell that to legendary cigar master José Seijas. He found the highest-grade Connecticut Shade wrapper and combined it with the finest Dominican binder and filler to create a masterpiece of a cigar that would bear the most iconic cigar band in the world. The result – an unforgettable smoking experience truly worthy of its name.


Given the combination of finest wrapper, binder, and filler, and this one of a kind blend, the Montecristo Classic stands out as a complex and flavorful smoke on the milder side with bountiful taste notes and an easy draw.


The Cohiba Red Dot cigar remains peerless in defining luxury premium-cigar enjoyment. The process of enjoying a premium Cohiba Red Dot cigar is like a ritual that requires quality time and specific steps that promise the finest smoking experience. The Red Dot Ritual commences with THE SELECTION of the Cohiba cigar, THE CLIP to the THE LIGHT, and finally culminates with THE SMOKE of the cigar.


The Selection

The selection is the first step in your journey to completing the Ritual. With the wrapper as the road map to the selection process, followed by the aroma, the quality of construction and a host of other variables; the cigar says multitudes about the individual that you are or hope to be. The selection is the most important step; you are what you smoke.


The Clip

The clip comes in many variations, but one thing must be consistent with each cut; an even and steady hand leads to the perfect draw and the best experience. The cut enables you to put your distinct stamp on the Ritual.


The Light

The light is the step where the tools are of the utmost importance. A confident, natural flame is the only way to derive the essence of the cigar. A combination of a 45-degree angle and the apex of the flame deliver a uniform burn. Slow and steady always wins!


The Smoke

The smoke is the reward for your due diligence. The first puff clears your mind of all worries and prepares you to take on the world with a renewed perspective. Your connection to the artisanship of the master roller is complete. This is the culmination of the Ritual. A gift directly from the gods, hold your head high, you’ve earned it.

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