Sunday, December 8, 2013 by
Cigars are treasures. Friends, family, and co-workers who don't happen to enjoy the wonderful flavors of fermented tobacco probably don't understand why we strive to obtain certain premium cigars, enjoy the creamy flavors of Connecticut wrapped sticks with breakfast, and cherish a fine Maduro at the end of a long day. They wouldn't understand why we smoke certain brands as everyday cigars and keep rare premium smokes on reserve for very special occasions. However, fellow aficionados know exactly why we try to enjoy cigars every day of the week and might even keep a secret stash of smokes. It's not that other people are going to come in to the house and smoke them, we just put those finest of cigars aside to mark their treasured, high quality nature.
One of the cigar samplers in our collection that pays homage to the cigars that we reserve for rare occasions is the appropriately named "Secret Stash 10 Sampler". This is a wonderful assortment of ten cigars destined to be relished by rookie and veteran aficionados alike. This sampler features two fine Rocky Patel cigars, an Alec Bradley, and a Magna Carta among other excellent smokes. Whether you end up saving them for a special occasion or try a different one every day of the week, these sticks will remind you why we treasure premium grade cigars.
Find the Secret Stash 10 Sampler and other premium cigar assortments at Thompson Cigar today.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 by
At Thompson Cigar, we have always made efforts to offer quality cigars for great, low prices. The working relationship that we have with many expert cigar makers, and the fact that we deal with thousands of cigars, makes it possible for us to offer so many deals on samplers, cigar bundles, and even boutique cigars. However, if you thought you found some great cigar deals at the Thompson site during the past ten years, get ready for even better savings on quality smokes because for a limited time, we are able to offer more savings on more cigars than ever before.
For example, how does 100 premium Churchill cigars for less than $100 sound? Yes, we are offering 100 La Caya II Habano Churchills for just $99. Compare that to an original price of $250 and the fact that these are full sized, hand-rolled Dominican Churchills and you know that this is a good cigar deal! This is a fine buy for weddings, New Year parties, and other events that call for lots of fine cigars.
Or, how about 30 Cohiba cigarillos for less than $55? Tins of Cohiba Pequeno Cameroon Cigarillos are on sale and these fine little smokes show the same fantastic flavors as their full sized brethren. Pair those great Cohiba cigarillos with a box of Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe Maduro Lonsdale Cigars for even more savings on top shelf sticks.
Find the best deals on premium cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Friday, December 6, 2013 by
A lot of people who relish the fine flavors of fermented tobacco also love all sorts of gadgets. Whether that curiosity is related to being an aficionado or not, it's uncanny how many of us are engineers, like to tinker with engines, build things, and love to buy gadgets. With that in mind, Thompson Cigar has some great gift ideas for people who like gadgets. Check out the Cigar Gifts for the Gadget Guy page and you will see a fine assortment of cigar-related gadgets and technologies that will put a smile on the face of many an aficionado.
On that page, you will find cool little electronic humidifiers including the wonderful Cigar Oasis Ultra and the excellent La Veil Dch-210 Humidifier. Both of these digital humidifiers are easy, efficient ways to ensure that your cigars are kept safe and sound.
There is also a fine selection of cigar lighters, including such lighting gadgets as the sleek Excalibur. This little gadget is a fine, dual torch lighter that also hosts a razor sharp guillotine cigar cutter. If you or that special aficionado already have more than enough cigar cutters, you could also just buy a fine Lotus Vertigo Dual Torch Lighter.
Browse the cigar gifts for the gadget guy page and find hundreds of excellent deals on cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by
A smooth Connecticut is arguably the best way to finish off a good breakfast but evenings should be reserved for strong Maduro cigars. Veteran aficionados of course know this but people new to the game might not realize that Maduros are best enjoyed at the end of the day. Maduros bring a wonderful array of tobacco flavors to the palette, especially when the cigars in question are premium brands. The easiest way of enjoying premium Maduros without breaking the cigar budget just might come from buying the Premium Nine Maduro Sampler.
True to its name, this fine cigar sampler treats the aficionado to nine absolutely mouth watering high quality Maduros. Give it as a gift to someone who relishes the bold flavors of a fine Maduro or get a couple of these fine cigar assortments for yourself. When you try any of the quality smokes in this sampler, you will immediately know why this is a premium collection of stellar Maduros. Inside, you have two of the wonderful Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve, a CAO Gold Maduro, an Oliva Gold, Gloria Cubana, a fine Sonador, a pair of delicious PDR 1878, and an excellent Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva. Considering the quality of the Maduros that come with this sampler, the less than $30 price tag also makes it an excellent cigar deal.
Find the Premium Nine Maduro Sampler and other cigar deals at Thompson Cigar today.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by
'Tis the season to be jolly and shop for all of our favorite friends and family members. If one of the special people on your list loves quality cigars, not to worry. Even if you know nothing about cigars, you can still find easy cigar gifts for that special cigar smoker in your life if you shop at the Thompson online cigar store. Just check out our cigar gift guide and instead of wondering how you are going to possibly find an appropriate cigar-related gift, you will be treated to more options that you can imagine.
Every cigar aficionado loves a good cigar sampler. These are assortments of cigars that make it easy for the lucky recipient to try out a variety of cigar brands, cigars that use different wrappers, and premium cigars he or she may have always wanted to sample. The Triple Threat Ten Cigar Sampler is just one of many fine cigar sampler gifts and you can make it even better with a beautiful Cherrywood Humidor. Humidors are essential for proper storage of cigars and you can bet that every cigar smoker will be very pleased to get one or more as a gift. For the pipe smoker in your life, you can also give a fine tin of Peterson 2013 Holiday Pipe Tobacco.
Shop our cigar gift guide page to find the best cigar gifts for all of your aficionado friends.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by
Even if you already know what sort of presents to buy for fellow aficionados, it's still good to have a set of gift ideas. You are always going to find a few ideas you hadn't considered and they might even make fine presents for your own collection of premium cigars. The list is even better when it's compiled by cigar experts and that's why the Thompson staff favorites page is a such a good place to look when searching for all sorts of cigar-related gifts. If the items on that page are favorites of the people who work at Thompson Cigar, you can bet that they are going to represent an excellent bunch of cigars because Thompson has been at the heart of the cigar distribution business for nearly a century.
Several selections are favorites because they combine premium cigars with an excellent low price. The Victor Sinclair Super Selection 15 Cigar Sampler is one such item because for less than $30, this sampler includes 15 quality sticks including Maduros and Connecticuts. Other staff favorites that go for an excellent low price are the Four Aces 12 Cigar Sampler and the delicious Maduro Madness Sampler. You will also find good deals on fine humidors, and small samplers of premium cigars such as the Rocky Patel vs. Romeo and Julieta Super Six.
Find these fine cigar gifts and hundreds of premium smokes for low prices at Thompson Cigar today.
Monday, December 2, 2013 by
Cigars have a much longer history than most people realize. Native Americans were fermenting and enjoying tobacco for hundreds if not thousands of years before the arrival of Columbus and at least one Mayan image dating back to the 13th century shows someone smoking what appears to be a cigar. The Spaniards discovered the beauty of fermented tobacco shortly after colonizing the Americas and cigars eventually spread to Europe and elsewhere. Although little information is known about the cigar shop from before the 18th century, we do know that tobacconists were selling cigars in many parts of Europe and the Americas by the 1820s. At that time, since a high percentage of the populace was illiterate, a statue of a wooden Native American was used to denote the location of a cigar shop. This emblem was used because tobacco played such an important, sacred role in native cultures.
Those early tobacco shops resembled the ones that graced many small American towns and cities up to the 1970s and 80s. The culture was also similar and involved very knowledgeable tobacconists who worked closely with customers to find the best cigars for their needs. Although customers could and did ask for specific brands of cigars, the owner of the cigar store was also expected to be capable of recommending a good cigar for the morning, everyday smokes, and high quality cigars for special occasions. Cigar smoking began to decline in popularity during the 1970s and 1980s along with a similar decline in traditional cigar shops. Once the Internet happened, fewer brick and mortar cigar stores became available as the popularity of the online cigar store grew. Although one can still find brick and mortar tobacco shops here and there, the online store has more or less taken over because a good online cigar store provides a wider variety of product for low prices as well as expert tobacconists ready and eager to recommend a good cigar.
Find great deals on cigar samplers and speak with true cigar experts at the Thompson online store today.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 by
We have all seen the ratings that are shown for certain cigars. While many cigar brands are advertised or shown without any sort of cigar ratings, several other quality smokes are depicted with numbers that range from "90" to "96" or even higher for a few, extremely rare smokes. It's easy to conclude that the cigars with the highest ratings are supposed to be better than those that receive low ratings but what exactly does that mean? How much better are 90 plus rated cigars compared to other sticks? While doing your own taste tests and comparisons are the best means of discovering those differences, the following list of high-rated cigars indicates why those smokes are far better than many other brands:
Flor de las Antillas Toro Sun Grown: This fantastic smoke is often mentioned when talking about cigar ratings because its amazing 96 rating helped it become the 2012 cigar of the year (according to Cigar Aficionado). It earns that rating with a wonderful array of flavors, a flawless wrapper, and smooth smoking experience from start to finish.
Padron 1964 Aniversario Exclusivo Maduro Robusto: This beautiful Maduro has a rating of 94 and shows it with complex, smooth flavors, and a hint of cocoa.
Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso #2: This very fine smoke also earned a rating of 94 and displays its premium nature with a rich Cameroon wrapper and a complex array of flavors.
You don't hear the same things said about sticks with ratings lower than 90 because they don't even come close to showing the same sort of premium characteristics as the brands mentioned above. Find the best deals on 90 plus rated cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Saturday, November 30, 2013 by
Would you like to put a smile on the face of a fellow aficionado? If so, then give that special person a fine sampler that showcases some of the best in Nicaraguan cigars. That exquisite selection of smokes is the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Sampler and once you get a look at the fine cigars inside, you will probably also want to buy one of these quality cigar gifts for yourself. The five cigars in this sampler were made to mark 20 years of creating quality smokes and you will realize that Perdomo is serious about celebrating the occasion as soon as you take a draw on any of the five sticks inside.
The premium cigars in this sampler are only crafted with very select tobacco grown in the rich volcanic soils of Nicaragua. The combination of excellent growing conditions and expertise of the Perdomo family results in cigars that showcase a wonderful array of flavors and a present truly fine cigar smoking experience. Each of the fine sticks in this gift sampler are Nicaraguan puros that come wrapped in tantalizing sun grown leaf for an extra bit of flavor. However, they don't use just any old sun grown wrapper but leaf that has been carefully aged for more than a year in bourbon barrels. That aging process puts the final crowning touch on these high quality cigars and helps turn them into a fantastic gift for friends and yourself.
Buy the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Sampler and other excellent cigar gifts at Thompson Cigar today.
Friday, November 29, 2013 by
Once Halloween ends, it's time to start thinking about winter holiday gifts. Whether you like shopping for holiday gifts or not, if you have family or friends, it can't be avoided. Fortunately, if you have to go shopping for a fellow aficionado (or feel like buying a nice little gift for yourself), the Thompson Online Cigar Store has lots of excellent options. While you could just buy that lucky person a box of wonderful, quality cigars, items that combine great cigars with something else are very suitable for both veteran aficionados and people who have never tried a cigar.
One such fine gift item is the Romeo and Julieta Habana Reserve Toro Natural Cigars with Tire Gauge. Buy this gift set and the happy recipient will get the chance to enjoy five high quality Romeo and Julieta Toro Naturals. Given the excellent, medium to full bodied cigar experience that comes from drawing on these fine smokes, that would be a fine gift on its own. However, in addition to enjoying those excellent cigars, the recipient also gets a quality tire pressure gauge. This isn't a simple metal gauge either but a sleek and accurate digital tire pressure gauge that's easy to use and tells you exactly how much air is in the tires of your vehicle.
Enjoy this and other fine cigar gift items from Thompson Cigar today.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 by
Most of us not only love to smoke cigars but we also appreciate the best in food and drink. This is a natural outcome for anyone who strives to enjoy the good life. When not searching for quality cigars to grace our humidors, many of us browse the aisles of a local distributor of wine and spirits to pick out a choice, high rated bottle of Cabernet or a rare Pinot Noir. We like to pair those fine drinks with fine cigars because there's no point in not enjoying life to the fullest. At Thompson, we are well aware of this and other ways to enjoy the good life and this is why we offer gift sets like the H. Upmann Legacy Toro Sumatra with Wine Accessories.
This combination makes for a very fine gift for anyone who appreciates wine and premium full-bodied cigars. The tobacco treasures in question are five H. Upmann Legacy Toro Sumatras and these excellent Honduran cigars will surpass the expectations of just about anyone who tries them. Rolled in a tasty Sumatra leaf wrapper and filled with quality Honduran tobacco, these are truly top shelf smokes. The classy wine accessories that come with them include a multi-use wine key, aerator, wine stop, and drip stop ring.
Save on quality gift sets like this one and fine cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by
Dutch Masters Cigars are one of the more popular cigar brands on the market. These easy going smokes have been enjoyed by millions of aficionados since 1911 and continue to be a common, popular cigar to this day. We are all familiar with the emblem used for the brand (a depiction of a famous painting by Rembrandt) and many of us have smoked a Dutch Masters or two. If you haven't smoked a Dutch Masters, the following reasons will shed some light on the benefits of this popular brand of cigars:
Consistent, easy going smoke: Dutch Masters Cigars make use of short filler Cuban seed tobacco and a natural wrapper to craft a mild, easy-going, reliable stick. When you buy Dutch Masters, you know what to expect and the reliable nature of these satisfying cigars has helped to build their fan base.
Affordable: These cigars are made by machine and use short filler tobacco blends. Those factors make it possible to sell them for low prices and turn them into a very affordable everyday smoke.
Variety: Dutch Masters Cigars also come in a variety of flavors and this makes them appealing to a wider range of aficionados. Dutch Masters Grape Natural Corona are one of the more popular brands as is the Dutch Masters Palma Natural Corona.
Find great deals on Dutch Masters Cigars and hundreds of other cigar brands at Thompson Cigar today.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by
There are truly legendary names when it comes to cigars but that of Davidoff is in a category of its own. Davidoff cigars were created by Zino Davidoff in Switzerland during and after the second world war. One of his main goals was creating high quality, absolutely luxurious cigars and several of them were named after famous, high end wines and spirits. Quality control was of such high importance that Zino actually burned more than one hundred thousand (!) cigars from the Cuban Davidoff series because he thought that they were unfit to be branded with the Davidoff name! That attention paid to quality and tobacco expertise has resulted in many high rated cigars, including some of the highest rated smokes of all time.
Although Zino passed away in 1994, the Davidoff company continues to produce premium cigars that are the very definition of tobacco elegance. That characteristic is perfectly expressed in the Davidoff Tubos Sampler. The elegant white box and white individual tubes for each cigar are an indication of the aristocratic nature of these Connecticut wrapped smokes. A Davidoff 2000, Special Series "R", and Classic No. 2 are featured in this high class cigar sampler and each are more than fit to hold a very special place in any humidor. Save the very smooth smokes in this classy sampler for the very best of occasions, and present it to good aficionado friends as a very special gift.
Find great deals on Davidoff cigars and other premium cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Monday, November 25, 2013 by
Cigars that sell for a discount don't always end up being the best cigars in your humidor. Many of us have purchased wholesale cigars that ended up generating a less than ideal smoking experience. Although we might have used them for everyday smokes or gave them away, we didn't exactly reach for those cheap sticks when we wanted to smoke a quality cigar. That experience has kept many of us from buying other discount smokes but the smartest aficionados keep on buying discount cigars and enjoy quality sticks for low prices with every purchase. Here are a few hints on how they make that happen:
Shop for cigars at a trusted, well established online cigar store: Buy cigars from an online store like Thompson Cigar and not only can you trust what is said, but there's also a much better chance of finding a variety of quality sticks for low prices. Search the Thompson Cigar sale page and you might find great cigar deals on sticks like the Victor Sinclair 55 Series Churchill Sampler.
Shop at the Thompson Cigar Outlet: This is an excellent way of finding great discounts on many types of cigars, including such deals as a Vintage Especiale Twelve Sampler for less than $25.
Cigar auction: Partake in the cigar auctions held by Thompson Cigar and you have a very good chance of getting quality cigars and accessories for excellent low prices.
Find the best discount cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 by
Every aficionado is always on the lookout for the very best in cigars. Those of us who have been searching for premium cigars for many a year have realized that cigars of the highest quality tend to show certain characteristics lacking in other smokes. A few of the things to look for in high quality sticks include such factors as:
Rating: Although we can all give our personal ratings to every cigar we sample, it's worth it to pay attention to the opinions of the best cigar experts in the country. If someone who has tried and tested literally thousands of cigar brands says that a particular cigar merits a rating of 96, then that smoke is going to be one of the best you have ever had. At least that's what many aficionados have said about the 96 rated Flor de Antillas Toro Sun Grown.
Smoking experience: The very best in cigars are going to exhibit an excellent experience from start to finish. There isn't any waiting for the stick to show flavors with the best smokes because they taste wonderful with every draw. The 91 rated Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Short Story is a good example of one such cigar.
Presentation: Although it's a combination of what's inside and outside that counts, the best in quality cigars are also going to look like works of art. They only use beautiful, flawless wrappers and are rolled by expert hands.
Find great deals on the best cigars at Thompson Cigar today.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 by
We all know about the major players and brands in the cigar industry but what about some of those lesser known cigars? Do they make sticks that taste just as good as a Cohiba or provide a smooth smoking experience that rivals a Macanudo? Although it of course depends on the cigar brand in question, yes, you can bet that there are quite a few very high quality lesser known brands of cigars very likely to make a very good impression. One such brand of smokes is known as My Father Cigars and if you haven't tried these high quality cigars yet, the following are three perfect reason why every aficionado needs to sample these very fine, full-bodied sticks:
High quality cigars: The fact that My Father Cigars are high quality premium sticks is probably the best reason for smoking them. They attain premium status by making use of select Nicaraguan filler and binder that come wrapped in a choice Ecuadorian wrapper for stellar results.
Made by Jaime Garcia: These excellent smokes are the creation of Jaime Garcia, the son of legendary cigar maker Don Pepin Garcia. When you try one of these excellent sticks, it becomes immediately obvious that Don Pepin passed on his cigar making knowledge to his son.
Created in honor of his father: Just like the cigar name says, Jaime created these cigars with loving, expert care to honor and show his love and admiration for his father. That level of respect and strong emotions come through to produce one of the very best full-bodied cigars you will ever experience.
Find great cigar deals on My Father Cigars and much more at Thompson Cigar today.
Friday, November 22, 2013 by
Cigars can be mild, they can pack a delicious punch, or fall somewhere in between. As all experienced aficionados know, we wouldn't want to light up a robust, strong-bodied smoke in the morning because the palette isn't quite ready for that big array of flavors. Instead, we start the day out with mild and smooth cigars before moving on to a medium-bodied smoke in the afternoon, and going for a big and bold cigar to finish off a fine, evening meal. The following are three premium cigars that make a nice end to dinner any day of the week:
Padron Aniversario 1964 Exclusivo Maduro Robusto: This 94 rated masterpiece made it into the top 25 cigars of 2011. This is a fine, medium to full bodied Maduro indeed and a fantastic end to the best of evening meals. Save it for a special dinner or live the good life and enjoy one of these fantastic Maduros every night of the week.
The Davidoff Nicaragua Toro Habano: Davidoff cigars are known for being top-shelf premium sticks and this Nicaraguan puro is no exception. In addition to using select long filler tobaccos, it boasts a 10 year aged Habano wrapper to bring spicy flavors to the palette.
Find these and other premium cigars for great prices at Thompson Cigar today.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by
You got the wedding invitation in the mail but the humidor is kind of low on cigars. Although the bride has way more to worry about, now you are posed with your own dilemma. It's a wedding and you need to bring cigars to the event but which ones do you buy? Are they are also going to work for other events? In general, the same cigars you buy for a wedding are also going to taste just fine at any other special event but keep in mind that there are two main types of cigars for a wedding. These are:
Cigars for yourself and the wedding party: These are going to be special premium cigars that you save for the most special of occasions. While you could share them with other guests, the truth of the matter is that the fine flavors of these choice sticks are best reserved for the wedding party and yourself. You have saved them for just such an occasion and this is when you should enjoy super premium cigars like a Padron 1964 Aniversario Exclusivo or a fine Cohiba Cameroon Lonsdale.
Cigars for other guests: Although you might save the premium sticks for yourself and the wedding party, that doesn't mean that other guests should be bereft of good cigars. A couple bundles of Don Oswaldo Sumatra Churchills are a good bet because these are good mild cigars for a great low price.
Find great cigar deals for weddings and all of your cigar needs at Thompson Cigar today.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by
There are two main places for buying cigars but one of them offers far better deals on a consistent basis than the other. That one place to shop for cigars, cigar accessories, and other tobacco-related items is the online cigar store. Buy cigars at the right online store and you can be sure to find great savings on many types of cigars every day of the week. However, you also have to know where to look for the best cigar deals. These are a few surefire ways to always save on cigars every time you shop for them:
Only buy cigars from a well known, online cigar store that has been in the business for a while: A cigar distributor that has been around for nearly 100 years is going to be a much more reliable place to shop for smokes than fly by night sites or ones that have little experience with cigars. The Thompson online store demonstrates deep connections and experience with the cigar industry by always offering discounts on hundreds of smokes, offering great deals on exclusive cigar brands, and wonderful prices on a huge variety of smokes.
Check the Thompson Cigar sale page: Click on the Thompson Cigar sale page and you will find far more than cigars on sale. There are also pages for closeout deals, outlet cigars, cigar deals, and other ways to save on premium smokes.
Find the best deals on Rocky Patel cigars, and hundreds of premium cigar brands at Thompson Cigar today.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by
Thank you! Because of your efforts, Thompson Cigar was able to generate an additional 4,780 emails to Congress in support of H.R. 792 and S. 772! Haven't heard of these bills? If you think you have the right to enjoy premium cigars, then you and every other aficionado needs to be very aware of this legislation and its importance. During the time period of April 26, 2010 to December 21, 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration had indicated that they planned on regulating cigars. While the FDA hasn't said how they plan on regulating cigars and cigar tobacco, there's a wide range of unpleasant possibilities.
For example, they may place a ban on certain walk in humidors, limit advertising and promotions (which would certainly impact many of the cigar deals we aficionados enjoy), actually prohibit the use of words like "cigar" and "tobacco", and cigar makers may even have to submit their secret tobacco blends to the FDA for "testing". Prices will go up, there will be fewer cigars available, and it will be more difficult to enjoy quality cigars as you please. Oh, and that's just a short list so please support and encourage other aficionados to support the H.R. 792 and S. 772 bills; the two most important legislation pieces aimed at curtailing the regulation of the cigar industry by the FDA.
To learn more about these bills, see this action alert on the Cigar Rights of America site.
Find great deals on cigars, cigar samplers, and more for the aficionado at Thompson Cigar today.