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Virtual Herf China

First Virtual Herf for China

End of July the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Cigar hosted a virtual tasting event and live webcast featuring Tabacalera SLU and Cigar Journal.

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Ratings & Awards

The Cigar Trophies 2020 have been voted for

The Cigar Trophies 2020 have been selected. The coveted prizes will be awarded for the 20th time this year. They are the only awards in the cigar industry that are determined by consumers. The award ceremony is expected to take place on September 18, 2020 – due to the Covid pandemic, however, in a virtual ZOOM meeting.

Cigar Friendly

Tailored Smoke | Cigar friendly: Charlotte, North Carolina

If I were ever to move away from the Tampa Bay area, it would be to The Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina!  In this wonderful metro area there are 2 locations of a really cool concept cigar lounge called Tailored Smoke.  This lounge is like no other in which all patrons are members, not guests.  The membership fee is $10 a year, but it entitles the patrons to a plethora of benefits making it a no-brainer to hop on board. But there is more than just the membership that makes this place special, it is in fact, a tailored experience!  From what you are drinking to what you are smoking is all very specific to your personal tastes.  Most lounges with liquor and cigars have a bartender.  Have you ever heard of a cigartender??  Didn’t think so.  As I write this, Word is telling me that I spelled the word wrong, but actually Word is wrong, because this word does in fact exist, maybe just in the Tarheel State for the time being, but soon I believe it will be said everywhere!  How many times did you say social distancing in 2019?  Exactly!  When the Oxford English Dictionary adopts it, I will have gone on record as saying I knew it first because I know the man behind the madness, Preston Gray.  Preston is the owner and brains behind the concept, and ensures that Tailored Smoke is not just the name of the lounge, but it is the creed, mantra and overall philosophy of the establishment as well!

Tailored Smoke | Cigar friendly: Charlotte, North Carolina

If I were ever to move away from the Tampa Bay area, it would be to The Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina!  In this wonderful metro area there are 2 locations of a really cool concept cigar lounge called Tailored Smoke.  This lounge is like no other in which all patrons are members, not guests.  The membership fee is $10 a year, but it entitles the patrons to a plethora of benefits making it a no-brainer to hop on board. But there is more than just the membership that makes this place special, it is in fact, a tailored experience!  From what you are drinking to what you are smoking is all very specific to your personal tastes.  Most lounges with liquor and cigars have a bartender.  Have you ever heard of a cigartender??  Didn’t think so.  As I write this, Word is telling me that I spelled the word wrong, but actually Word is wrong, because this word does in fact exist, maybe just in the Tarheel State for the time being, but soon I believe it will be said everywhere!  How many times did you say social distancing in 2019?  Exactly!  When the Oxford English Dictionary adopts it, I will have gone on record as saying I knew it first because I know the man behind the madness, Preston Gray.  Preston is the owner and brains behind the concept, and ensures that Tailored Smoke is not just the name of the lounge, but it is the creed, mantra and overall philosophy of the establishment as well!

Let it Burn | Cigar Friendly: Naples, FL

The Rocky Patel signature lounge, Burn, pushes the envelope on what a luxury cigar environment should be.  The city of Naples, Florida by itself puts a demand on the local establishments to deliver only the highest quality product to its affluent citizens and Burn does not disappoint!  Old-school elegance lives in harmony with new-school swagger

From the Magazine

Turmeaus Shop

Turmeaus Cigars & Whisky – UK’s Largest Cigar Shop

Liverpool’s favorite tiny tobacconist, Turmeaus, has just become the UK’s largest specialist cigar shop.
 C.Gars Ltd took over Turmeaus in 2003. The London-based company’s new flagship store, rechristened Turmeaus Cigars and Whisky, is now in the center of Liverpool.

Plasencia Brothers

Plasencia Cigars: The 5th Generation of Family Business

The story of Plasencia Cigars starts, as so many other cigar stories, in Cuba during the 1800s. It’s a story of a fifth-generation family business that is one of the most respected on the scene. It’s a story of hardship, two revolutions, a disastrous mold attack, but also of persistence, conviction and innovation.

Tom Lazukas

Brand Focus: How Eiroa’s Asylum Came to Be

Asylum is the new brand from Christian Eiroa and Tom Lazuka, and it is known for being huge. The big cigars measure 7 x 70 and 8 x 80. But how did the brand come about? According to Tom Lazuka, it was his idea.

Norway Viking Cigars

Viking Cigars: Spreading the Viking Spirit

Viking Cigars represents the nordic spirit. Embodied in three cigars. It’s about swords and schoolyard fights, an just a hint of Cuba. Arnt Ånensen and Hawk Aanonsen want to offer cigars for “real” men.

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