An Old Tobacco Finds the Spotlight

There haven’t been new types of tobaccos on the pipe side of the business for a while. I don’t mean that there haven’t been new blends. I’m referring to types of leaf that go into the blends. The last one that comes to mind was the development of the main component of McClelland’s Royal Cajun […]

Here We Go Again!

I can’t believe how quickly time passes. The year is zipping by, and when you have specific goals and deadlines, things seem to go even faster. I’m just looking at the calendar and I realized that we’re only about two weeks away from our next catalog landing in your mailboxes. That means that you’ve got […]

Spectre Cigar Review

As a kid I was very much into superheroes mainly because I always thought I was a superhero. I used to run around with my face painted up, or wearing a cape. One of my favorite superheroes was a character from DC Comics. He went by the name Spectre. I’ve always viewed Spectre as unbeatable. […]

Cigar Review- Man O’ War Puro Authentico

I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to cigar size/shape preference. I’m a corona/Lonsdale guy. A 42 to 44 ring gauge just suits me, and a length between 5 and 6.5 inches allows for a long enough smoke without becoming tiresome. I’m also in the minority when it comes to strength and flavor profile. I […]

Some Thoughts About Cigars

One of the problems with having a busy mind is the ongoing flood of random thoughts. I wish that I had the discipline to write them all down, but I would probably wind up with carpal tunnel syndrome if I did. I’ve had a number of thoughts lately about cigars, so I’m just going to […]

We Have Met the Enemy, and They Are Us, Sort Of…

A few years back, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was given oversight regarding cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Many people thought that this was just another example of governmental overkill, but a lot of others were relieved that they left premium cigars and pipe tobacco alone. I’m sorry to report that the FDA will now […]

About Pipes and Tobaccos

When I first decided to bring pipes and pipe tobacco into my retail store, I had no idea just how many products were on the market. Fortunately, I had manufacturers’ reps who were very helpful and patient, and they helped me to understand the importance of variety to pipe smokers. Up to that point, I […]

5 Things The Cigar Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know!

Too dark to be natural? It probably isn’t! Natural Maduro Wrappers
are deep brown, not black.

Some of your cigars might need some aging after purchase to achieve optimum flavors Obviously sitting on product can get expensive, and additionally, when a brand is popular there is a lot of pressure on the manufacturer’s to get them on the shelf as quickly as possible. However, sometimes tobacco needs to age for extended […]

Jumping on the Band Wagon

My father smoked both pipes and cigarettes. On occasion, he would also have a cigar, usually machine-mades. I don’t remember him ever enjoying a hand-rolled cigar. When I was still too young to attend school, he would take the band off his stogie and give it to me. I felt like a big deal because I […]

Cigar Review- L’Atelier Surrogates Tramp Stamp

Normally I don’t fall in love with a cigar right away, but this time it was a little different. It’s been almost exactly two years since the L’Atelier Surrogates were released. As a fan of Pete Johnson it was something I knew I needed to try. I wasn’t let down at all. A beautiful Habano […]