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Very Rare Masterpieces for the Discerning Collector

From Ittigen-Bern, Switzerland, Martin Pauli makes Japanese-themed pipes using urushi and kokuso. Urushi is a natural lacquer from Japan and kokuso is a mixture of urushi, clay powder, wheat flour and saw dust. Many Buddhist statues in Japanese temples are … Continue reading

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Partagas Culebras

Legend has it that the origin of this peculiar cigar lies in the daily smokes given to the rollers. They were allowed to have only one cigar a day. So, they got creative. They took three cigars when they were … Continue reading

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Quai d’Orsay Senadores

In 1976, then French president Valéry Giscard D’Estaing wanted a cigar that France can call its own, so SEITA, (Société d’Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et des Allumettes), the state-owned tobacco distribution company (since privatized) attempted to make one, but soon … Continue reading

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More Accessories for the Cigar Smoker

Last week, I showed some of the stuff being sold to cigar smokers. Today, here, you’ll find a pair of foldable cigar scissors, a knife cutter, some pocket-size punches as well as some cigar rests for those whose hands are … Continue reading

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Not Just for Presbyterians

JRR Tolkien’s tobacco of choice was Capstan Medium Navy Cut and CS Lewis liked Gold Block as well as Three Nuns. Stanley Baldwin’s favorite was Presbyterian Mixture. This fine tobacco originally had no name. It was blended by Alfred Gale, … Continue reading

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If We had Tails

An acquaintance from long ago, Ali of Ali’s Electricals, formerly at Centrepoint, once remarked that if we had tails, we would all probably spend an inordinate amount of money on accessories for our tails. Merchants would be selling a wide … Continue reading

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Nope, Not Godzilla

The Liga Privada Unico Ratzilla is a limited production offering from Drew Estate, rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is blended with Honduran and Nicaraguan Cuban seed long fillers, a USA Connecticut River Valley stalk cut and cured Habano wrapper and … Continue reading

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A Strong, Powerful Smoke

Liga Privada, meaning “private blend” is a cigar from Nicaragua created by two Americans, Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel. They claimed that this cigar was originally crafted not for resale, but for their own personal humidors. Seven different tobaccos from … Continue reading

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No, Not Yamasa Soy Sauce

Davidoff – owned by Swiss company Oettinger since 1970 – used to engage Cuba to make the Davidoff brand of cigars. Davidoff cigars were promoted as high-end top-shelf products. But after numerous disputes over a variety of issues, (I suspect … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge a Cigar by its Wrapper

I enjoy giving someone a stick of Leaf by Oscar and seeing him gasp. The usual reaction is they then stare at it with mouth agape. Each cigar is wrapped with a tobacco leaf and the uninitiated often gets the … Continue reading

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