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We’ve all been there before. Maybe you’ve been smoking the same cigar for a while and it’s not as good as it  used to be, or maybe you walk into the humidor and nothing jumps out as appealing to you. It’s a frustrating experience, but it is one that can be remedied. We’ve put together some ideas that you can try out for yourself the next time you feel like you’re stuck in a cigar smoking rut.

Try Some New Cigars

This one may seem a little bit obvious, but it is something that will genuinely help you if you are stuck in a cigar rut. Many cigar smokers are attached to one specific cigar, and they will not sway from their favorites. There is no problem with that of course, as the best cigar to you is whatever you like to smoke. But if you ever start to feel bored, then trying something new, even just once, can help pull you up out of the ground. 

A great idea for trying some new cigars is to come to the Mansion and simply ask the staff for recommendations. We have an extensive humidor including seven cigars featured in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list, including the #1 and #2 cigars from 2021, so any of those are a great place to start. As for our own recommendations, we’ve selected a few favorites for you to try out.

Mild

Padron Damaso – The Padron Damaso is a great mild to medium cigar packed with flavor. This cigar is universally liked and is one the best cigars in the shop.

Rocky Patel 1999 – The RP 1999 is a great Connecticut with lots of wood and cedar notes, often referred to around the shop as “the quintessential mild cigar.”

Medium

Padron 1964 Torpedo – This cigar was #1 Cigar of the Year and for good reason. Padron only makes great cigars, and they are definitely worth getting whenever you come through.

Montecristo 1935 – The #2 Cigar of the Year is another great choice if you are looking to break out of a smoking rut. Packed with complex flavors that will leave you wanting more.

Full Bodied

Liga Privada No 9 – One of the best full bodied cigars out there, really bold but no harshness, with a rich and toothy wrapper. Tons of great flavors.

Black Warrior – Our own house blend cigar, the Black Warrior was made by Reagan and it comes in a box pressed robusto or box pressed torpedo, featuring lots of spice and sweetness.

Best Cigar Pairings

Trying new cigar pairings is a great way to break out of a cigar smoking rut. Trying something new is easy at R&R, with our vast collection of spirits, beers, and wines. If you are normally a bourbon drinker, it could be a good idea to switch up to scotch, or try some rum to pair with your cigar.

Trying unusual combinations can also be a great idea. Many people choose to pair red wine with full bodied cigars and white wines with mild cigars. But try switching it up sometime. Red wines can go amazingly well with mild, creamier smokes. Here’s some of our favorite pairings:

Pinot Noir and Padron Damaso – A great example of pairing a red wine with a mild cigar. This is a great combination that keeps you entertained.

Yellowstone Barrel Select Bourbon and Black Warrior – This Yellowstone Barrel Select is our own handpicked barrel from the Limestone Branch Distillery. This amazing bourbon goes perfectly with our house cigar, the Black Warrior.

Smoked Old Fashioned and Liga Privada No 9 – Our signature cocktail, the smoked old fashioned, is prepared and smoked right beside your seat. That unique experience coupled with the bold notes from the Liga Privada No 9 are sure to get you out of any cigar rut.

New Accessories to Spice Up Your Life

A new cutter or lighter is a great way to spice things up. We have a great selection of accessories that are sure to get you excited about your next cigar. Whether it be a new lighter, cutter or ashtray, a new accessory builds excitement.

Xikar makes great, high quality accessories. All of their products are backed by a lifetime warranty. We carry a number of their cutters and lighters, perfect for whenever you are looking to upgrade.

We also carry a wide variety of Rocky Patel lighters and cutters. These products also have a lifetime warranty and feature numerous designs and metal finishes for a great lighter that is functional and looks great. 

Any of these cigar accessories are great for whenever you need a little bit more excitement in your life to get you out of a cigar rut.

Exciting Changes to Make to Your Cigar Smoking Routine

If you smoke cigars daily as part of your routine, then changing that up can definitely help you get out of a rut. There’s a few things you can do to make your routine more exciting.

Try smoking a cigar at a different time than normal. Your tastes change throughout the day, so try smoking different times. For instance, a cigar with your morning cup of coffee is a great way to start your day. Or take a smoke break after lunch to pair with what you just ate. 

Another great change you can make is to change up how you buy your cigars. For a fun new experience, buy one of Reagan’s Famous Blind Samplers. These are unique samplers hand picked by the boss himself. There are different price points depending on how many cigars you want in the sampler. These are a great way to change things up, and try new cigars. 

A cigar rut can be tough to break out of, and it’s probably something every cigar smoker will go through at some point. So the next time you are stuck in a cigar rut, come by the Mansion or visit our website and we can get you sorted out. 

The twinkle in Santa’s eye is nothing compared to the look a cigar lover gets with that first puff of a Christmas cigar. It’s a moment to be cherished, but holiday shopping can be frustrating. So, it is time to break out top cigar gifts and the best cigar pairings for Christmas to ensure you have a winning holiday season. This holiday cigar guide shows you ways to win the holiday season and give Santa a run for his money.

Best Christmas Cigars

Much of what makes a great holiday cigar is personal preference, such as size, strength, or tobacco type. However, there are reliable options you can trust to deliver a smooth, warming character ideally suited for pairing with favorite holiday eats and drinks. Create your own Christmas cheer with these best Christmas cigars: 

Arturo Fuente Rosado SG Magnum R52

Always scoring big points on Christmas, the Arturo Fuente Rosado SG Magnum R52 features a lower priming Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper leaf and rich Dominican tobaccos that deliver a smooth, complex, and creamy holiday escape. A great companion for sherry or tawny port.

Foundation Highclere Castle Edwardian Churchill

A joint project between Foundation Cigar and the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, the Highclere Castle series is an ode to the iconic Carnarvon family residence, better known as film and television’s Downton Abbey. The Connecticut Shade-wrapped Highclere Castle Edwardian Churchill provides an elegant, deeply rewarding Christmas smoke. 

Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo

The box-pressed Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo is a luxuriously complex Nicaraguan puro known to make cigar lovers giddy with Christmas delight. Beautifully balanced from start to finish, these 5 ½” x 50 cigars are ideal gifts for new and experienced cigar enthusiasts alike.

Rocky Patel Java Mint Robusto

The Java series is a Rocky Patel and Drew Estate collaboration perfectly suited as a change of pace from traditional cigars. Drew Estate’s innovative infusion process enhances the Java Mint Robusto cigar’s medium-bodied Nicaraguan tobaccos with espresso, cocoa, and sweet cream notes along with touches of minty goodness. Pair with Irish Coffee for a delightfully unique holiday treat!

Best Holiday Cigars and Cocktails Pairings

Whether taking a break from a busy shopping day, decorating the tree, or visiting with friends or family, cigars and holiday cocktails are a great way to maintain the holiday vibe. So, add more holly jolly fun to the season with these best holiday cigars and cocktails pairings:

The Kristoff Sumatra Matador cigar’s voluptuous flavor profile finds a perfect match with the rye whiskey version of a timeless classic.

The Casa de Las Estrellas cigar’s character dovetails with this winter warmer, perfect for savoring the quieter moods of Christmas.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto cigar’s rich yet smooth character combined with the Negroni’s sweet and bitter notes are known to cause gleeful shouts of “Buon Natale”! 

Add a Caribbean splash to the holidays with the Upsetters Django cigar’s sweet and earthy notes blending with the classic island-inspired cocktail’s dark rum and ginger beer. 

Best Christmas Cigars for After Dinner

Whether getting comfy in front of the fireplace or preparing to dive into another piece of pie, pairing cigars with premium whiskey, beer, wine, or other tasty libations is a great way to finish off a holiday meal. Put yourself in a satisfying holiday mood with these best after-dinner cigars: 

Caldwell Long Live the King

The small-batch Long Live the King’s Dominican, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan tobaccos join with a Dominican Corojo wrapper for a lasting, velvety experience. This Caldwell cigar paired with a bold single barrel bourbon is an extravagance that ranks amongst the best cigar pairings for Christmas. 

Foundation The Tabernacle Toro

The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapped 6″ x 52 Foundation Tabernacle Toro cigar’s bold espresso, malt, dark fruit and chocolate notes make for a tasty holiday pairing with a rich Imperial Stout. Add pecan pie or dark chocolate cake to the mix for a decadent sensory adventure.

R & R Cigars Black Warrior Robusto

The Black Warrior Robusto cigar’s Sumatra Oscuro wrapper and double ligero Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos create a rich tapestry of flavor perfect for Christmas tales told around the fire. Enjoy with mulled wine or a hearty ale, such as Tuscaloosa’s own Black Warrior Brewing’s Old Tavern Scotch Ale.

Perdomo Habano Sun Grown Robusto

The Perdomo Habano Sun Grown series features 6-year aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobaccos, including a bourbon barrel-aged Sun Grown wrapper. The 5″ x 54 Habano Sun Grown Robusto delivers a festive after-dinner escape with your favorite bourbon or Highland single malt whisky.

Best Christmas Gifts for Cigar Lovers

If you are unsure of a cigar aficionado’s preferences or don’t want to be caught searching amid the craziness of holiday shopping, not to worry. Minimize stress and narrow down the perfect presents to put under the tree with these best Christmas gifts for cigar lovers:

Rocky Patel ALR Travel Case and Cigars

The Rocky Patel ALR Travel Cigar Case features an exterior of stunning white leather and gold stitching. In addition, ten of Rocky Patel’s Aged Limited Rare 2nd Edition (ALR2) Robusto cigars are contained within the Spanish cedar-lined case. A Christmas treasure any aficionado will cherish.

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente

With a festive red, gold, and green color scheme along with a Spanish cedar wrap, the Arturo Fuente Chateau Natural looks every bit the part of a Christmas stocking stuffer. These 4 ½” x 50 holiday favorites deliver a smooth, buttery, deeply satisfying smoke for all cigar lovers to enjoy.

Reagan’s Famous Blind Samplers

Keep your favorite cigar connoisseur guessing with Reagan’s Famous Blind Sampler packs. Each sampler features well-known cigars left unmarked for blind tasting. These “no brainer” Christmas gifts are a great way to add a bit of fun and mystery to the holiday season.

Make It A Cigar Christmas 

It doesn’t take a trip to the North Pole or hours of elbowing your way through the holiday crowds to find quality cigars, cigar gifts, or the best cigar pairings for Christmas. Everything you need is at your fingertips. Don’t run the risk of landing on the naughty list. Start winning the holidays and shop at The Cigar Mansion today! 

Gift-giving is one of the purest forms of love and affection. And while we agree there are innumerable ways to show your loved ones that you care, cigars make for ideal gifts for the cigar aficionado in your life.

Wondering why? Cigars are more than just quality tobacco artfully wrapped in leaf tobacco; they’re ammunition that gives cigar lovers time to think, relax, and reflect. 

So, when you’re giving cigars as a gift, you’re not just giving them a tangible gift that’ll disappear up in smoke a few puffs later. You’re giving them an experience they desire. 

If you have a cigar lover in your life or are a cigar lover yourself, you may want to look at this beautiful portfolio of top-tier cigars to give this holiday season.

What Cigars Make Good Gifts?

When it comes to cigar lovers, gift-giving can often be confusing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the types of cigars, flavors, etc. To save you the hours of research, we’ve compiled a list of the best cigars to gift.

1. Arturo Fuente Cigars 

Arturo Fuente Cigars is the leading producer of premium Dominican cigars. From quality and flavor to construction and packaging in a Connecticut shade wrapper, their attention to detail and their award-winning cigar portfolio are bound to impress every smoker, irrespective of their preferences. 

These long burn and smooth draw sticks are made from premium tobacco and offer an unparalleled view of the classic and ultra-rare cigar world. Who wouldn’t like a long, deep draw of the Double Chateau or the legendary Sungrown

Luckily, the popular Arturo Fuente has an impressive pricing range to accommodate every gifting budget. Explore your options here.

2. Caldwell Cigars

Built on the foundation of friendships, or as their website says, “built by friends for friends,” the Caldwell Cigar Company offers smokers an experience they’ll actively seek, smoke after smoke, stick after stick.

The company uses rare, well-aged A-grade tobaccos in its blends. From Long Live the King Cigars, a rare blend that has a complex flavor, to the King is Dead Cigars that offers a great draw, even burn, and impressive earthy flavors coupled with undertones of milk chocolate, smokers get access to an appealing range of flavors to suit their preference. 

Sneak a peek at Cladwell blends to get ahead of your holiday gifting game.

3. Padron Cigars

Built on the quality over quantity strategy, Padron Cigars are an award-winning brand that snagged a spot on the top 10 cigar list in 2004 and has reigned ever since. As the “cigar of the year,” Padron cigars will make great luxury cigar gifts. 

The ultra-premium hand-rolled Padron cigar sticks offer smooth yet complex flavors and boast a beautiful appearance and a top-tier draw. Take a look at the options, and you’re certain to find an item for your gifting list.

4. Perdomo Cigars

In addition to offering top-tier quality and flavor standards of their hand-made cigars, Perdomo Cigars is perhaps the only business that does not pass the cost of the federal excise tax to its customers. Is it really a wonder they’re one of the most sought-after cigar brands in the market today?

The deep flavor and the earthy, spicy notes of most of their blends have a global fan base. Here’s a list of the 10 best Perdomo cigars that can serve as an inspiration for your holiday season gifting. You can purchase them here

The Best Cigar Accessories

Want your gift to last longer than one evening? Then it’s time to explore the world of cigar accessories. Browse through our collection of cigar lighters, travel cases, cutters, ashtrays, humidors, and other cigar smoker must-haves to find one that best suits your loved one’s choice of possession.

Feeling a little bold? Elevate your gifting game and engrave the name of the cigar aficionado or the gift receiver to add an element of personalization to it. After all, if there’s anything better than gifts, it’s personalized gifts. 

Luxury Cigar Gifts For Cigar Lovers 

Have a cigar smoker in your life that prefers all things luxurious? Then present them with some of the finer things in life, like the two most magnificent cigars. Here’s a closer look at what makes them oh so special!

1. La Flor Dominicana Cigars

The brainchild of master blender Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars boasts a stunning construction that’s hand-rolled to perfection, a rich taste, high-quality, beautiful presentation, a blend that consistently rates 93+ in the cigar portfolio. 

Seasonal lovers will find the La Flor Dominicana Cigars to be the perfect stick to catch quality respite from the monotony of regular cigar sticks. Explore your options here.

2. Rocky Patel Cigars

With an impressive 4-5 star rating, the Rocky Patel Cigars are a premium choice for your favorite cigar aficionado! Known for consistency and construction and a range of blends suitable for every cigar enthusiast, the Rocky Patel cigars are meant to be enjoyed from the flavor right down to its very wrapper.

The RP Vintage 1999 will appeal to the smoking enthusiasts who favor the milder Connecticut wrapper, while the RP Aged Limited Rare premium cigars are bound to be a hit with anyone who loves a sinful draw of spices, caramel, and candied orange. Check them out here.

Best Cigar Pairings: Gift Sets

Sometimes, irrespective of all our research and attention to the smoking preferences of the cigar enthusiasts in our life, we have trouble narrowing down the best cigars to gift. We understand your dilemma. This is why we’ve gone a step further and researched Gift Sets.

Wondering why? It’s simple. Gift sets are packed with a diverse assortment of the best cigar pairings that prompt the receiver to expand their palate and experiment. Reagan’s Famous Blind Samplers are one of the best ways to expose cigar lovers to a whole new world of cigar flavors and undertones. 

So go ahead and take the leap of faith. Who knows? Maybe there’s a sampler in there that can potentially be their next holy grail!

Wrapping The Upcoming Smoke Show Up:

Thoughtful gift-giving inspires a chain of reactions, one that shows the receiver what value they hold in your life. And this is perhaps what makes us go above and beyond in our search for the perfect gift. When looking for the best cigars to gift, make sure to pay attention to the smoker’s preferences and use our recommendations for inspiration. 

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit The Cigar Mansion’s website for all your cigar gifting needs. You’ll find that this one-stop-shop gives you access to all the ammunition you’ll need to find the best gifts for cigar lovers in your life.




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