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When it comes to flavor-packed experiences, Guy Fieri is a name that needs no introduction. Renowned for his bold culinary creations and larger-than-life personality, Guy Fieri has now ventured into the world of cigars with the Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut—a cigar that embodies his signature style and passion for flavor.

A Fusion of Flavor and Craftsmanship

The Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar is a collaboration between the celebrity chef and renowned cigar maker, Erik Espinosa. This blend represents a fusion of Guy Fieri’s culinary expertise and Erik Espinosa’s mastery of cigar craftsmanship, resulting in a smoke that is as bold and flavorful as it is impeccably crafted.

A Connecticut Twist

While the Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut retains the boldness and complexity that Guy Fieri is known for, it also offers a unique twist with its Connecticut-seed wrapper. This wrapper imparts a smooth and creamy texture to the smoke, balancing out the blend’s bold flavors with a subtle sweetness and a hint of spice.

Flavor Explosion 

From the moment you light up a Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar, you’re greeted with an explosion of flavor that tantalizes the senses and keeps you coming back for more. Notes of cedar, pepper, and earth dance across the palate, complemented by hints of toasted nuts and a rich, creamy finish.

Take a Trip to Flavortown

As Guy Fieri famously says, it’s time to “take a trip to Flavortown” with the Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar. Each puff is like a culinary adventure, with layers of bold and complex flavors that transport you to a world of pure enjoyment and indulgence.

The Perfect Pairing

Pair your Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar with a bold bourbon or a smooth, aged rum to enhance the experience, allowing the flavors to mingle and evolve with each sip and draw. Whether enjoyed during a backyard barbecue or a night out with friends, this cigar is the perfect companion for any occasion.

An Invitation to Flavor

For aficionados seeking a cigar that delivers bold flavor and impeccable craftsmanship, the Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut is an invitation worth accepting. With its unique blend and unforgettable taste, this cigar is sure to leave a lasting impression on even the most discerning palate.

In a world where flavor reigns supreme, the Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar stands out as a shining example of boldness, complexity, and craftsmanship. From its unique blend to its unforgettable taste, every aspect of this cigar is crafted with care and attention to detail, ensuring a memorable smoking experience for aficionados around the world.

Discover the bold flavors and impeccable craftsmanship of the Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar at The Cigar Mansion | R&R Cigars, and elevate your smoking experience to new heights. Indulge in the moment, savor the flavor, and let the culinary genius of Guy Fieri and Erik Espinosa take you on a journey of pure enjoyment.Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Connecticut cigar at R&R Cigars

In the world of premium cigars, the Caldwell brand has earned a reputation for crafting exceptional blends that captivate the senses and elevate the smoking experience to new heights. Among their esteemed lineup, the Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar stands out as a beacon of luxury and sophistication, offering aficionados a journey of discovery and delight with every puff.

A Testament to Tradition and Innovation

The Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar is a masterful blend that strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. Crafted with the finest aged tobaccos sourced from the most prestigious regions of the world, this cigar embodies the essence of Caldwell’s commitment to quality and excellence.

A Symphony of Flavor

From the moment you light up a Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar, you’re greeted with a symphony of flavors that dance across the palate with exquisite precision. The Connecticut-seed wrapper, aged to perfection, imparts a delicate creaminess that serves as the

 perfect backdrop for the blend’s nuanced complexity.

With each draw, you’ll discover notes of cedar, nuts, and subtle hints of spice, all harmonizing together to create a truly unforgettable smoking experience. Whether enjoyed in solitude or in the company of friends, the Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar promises a moment of pure indulgence and relaxation.

The Perfect Companion

Pair your Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar with a glass of aged scotch or a crisp white wine to enhance the experience, allowing the flavors to mingle and evolve with each sip and draw. Whether savored after a long day or as a celebratory treat, this cigar is the perfect companion for any occasion.

An Invitation to Luxury

For aficionados seeking a cigar that embodies luxury, sophistication, and unparalleled flavor, the Caldwell Truth Connecticut is an invitation worth accepting. With its impeccable construction, nuanced flavor profile, and undeniable elegance, this cigar is sure to leave a lasting impression on even the most discerning palate.

In a world where excellence is the standard, the Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar stands out as a shining example of quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. From its exquisite flavor to its impeccable construction, every aspect of this cigar is crafted with care and attention to detail, ensuring a memorable smoking experience for aficionados around the world. 

Discover the luxury and sophistication of the Caldwell Truth Connecticut cigar and elevate your smoking experience to new heights. Indulge in the moment, savor the flavor, and let the timeless tradition of Caldwell cigars transport you to a world of unparalleled pleasure. We carry a selection of cigars from Caldwell Cigars at The Cigar Mansion. Stop by, or browse our selection online.

In the realm of premium cigars, few brands capture the essence of sophistication and refinement quite like Rocky Patel. Known for their unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, Rocky Patel cigars have earned a well-deserved reputation among aficionados worldwide. Among their esteemed lineup, the Rocky Patel Vintage Series stands out as a testament to the brand’s dedication to excellence and tradition.

A Legacy of Excellence

The Rocky Patel Vintage Series pays homage to the rich heritage and craftsmanship that have defined the brand since its inception. Each cigar in the Vintage Series is meticulously handcrafted using only the finest aged tobaccos, sourced from the most prestigious tobacco-growing regions around the world.

Timeless Elegance, Unparalleled Flavor

What sets the Rocky Patel Vintage Series apart is its unique aging process, which allows the tobaccos to develop complexity and depth of flavor over time. From the moment you light up a Vintage Series cigar, you’re greeted with a symphony of flavors that dance across the palate with every draw. Whether you prefer the rich, earthy notes of the Vintage 1990, the spicy-sweet complexity of the Vintage 1992, or the smooth, creamy profile of the Vintage 1999, there’s a cigar in the Vintage Series to suit every taste and occasion.

The Perfect Blend of Tradition and Innovation

While the Vintage Series pays homage to the timeless traditions of cigar making, it also embraces innovation, pushing the boundaries of flavor and craftsmanship. Each cigar is expertly blended to achieve the perfect balance of strength, complexity, and smoothness, ensuring a truly unforgettable smoking experience.

A Journey Worth Taking

Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado or new to the world of cigars, the Rocky Patel Vintage Series offers a journey worth taking. From the moment you unwrap the cigar to the final puff, you’ll be transported to a world of luxury and indulgence, where every moment is savored and enjoyed.

Pair your Vintage Series cigar with a glass of fine whiskey or a robust red wine to enhance the experience, allowing the flavors to mingle and evolve with each sip and draw. Whether enjoyed alone or in good company, the Rocky Patel Vintage Series promises a moment of pure pleasure and relaxation.

In a world where excellence is the standard, the Rocky Patel Vintage Series of cigars stands out as a shining example of quality, craftsmanship, and tradition. From its impeccable construction to its unparalleled flavor profile, every aspect of the Vintage Series is crafted to perfection, ensuring a memorable journey for aficionados around the world. 

Discover the elegance and sophistication of the Rocky Patel Vintage Series at The Cigar Mansion, and elevate your smoking experience to new heights. Indulge in luxury, savor the moment, and let the timeless tradition of Rocky Patel cigars transport you to a world of unparalleled pleasure.

In the world of premium cigars, few names command as much respect and admiration as Padron. Renowned for their uncompromising commitment to quality and tradition, Padron Cigars have been delighting enthusiasts for generations. Among their esteemed lineup, the Padron Damaso stands out as a testament to the brand’s mastery of craftsmanship and flavor.

The Origin Story

Named after the patriarch of the Padron family, Damaso Padron, this cigar pays homage to the rich heritage and legacy of the Padron dynasty. While Padron is often associated with full-bodied, Nicaraguan puros, the Damaso represents a departure from tradition—a foray into the realm of milder, Connecticut-wrapped cigars.

Craftsmanship and Flavor

What sets the Padron Damaso apart is its exquisite construction and balanced flavor profile. Expertly handcrafted in Nicaragua, each Damaso cigar is a work of art, featuring a flawless Connecticut-seed wrapper that imparts a creamy, smooth texture. Upon lighting, the Damaso greets the palate with subtle notes of cedar, nuts, and cream, offering a refined smoking experience that is both complex and approachable. The blend of Nicaraguan fillers lends depth and richness to the smoke, while maintaining a gentle, medium-bodied character that is perfect for any occasion.

The Perfect Companion

Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado or new to the world of cigars, the Padron Damaso is sure to impress. Its elegant appearance, impeccable construction, and nuanced flavor profile make it an ideal choice for both casual enjoyment and special celebrations. Pair it with a glass of aged rum or a smooth bourbon to enhance the experience, allowing the flavors to mingle and evolve with each draw. Whether enjoyed alone or in good company, the Padron Damaso promises a moment of pure indulgence and relaxation.

In a world where excellence is synonymous with the Padron name, the Damaso cigar stands as a shining example of the brand’s unwavering commitment to quality and innovation. From its impeccable construction to its nuanced flavor profile, every aspect of the Damaso experience is crafted to perfection, ensuring a memorable journey for aficionados around the world.

Discover the artistry and elegance of the Padron Damaso cigar and elevate your smoking experience to new heights. Indulge in luxury, savor the moment, and let the timeless tradition of Padron cigars transport you to a world of unparalleled pleasure.

If you are new to the world of cigars, you may not be fully aware that lighting your cigar is not as simple as it may sound. There is quite an art form to it and for that, lighting your cigar will require the proper tool. Expert cigar lovers have spent years perfecting just how to light a cigar for the perfect even and consistent smoke, and of course, which lighter does the job the best. So you may be wondering, what lighters are best to use when smoking cigars?

While any lighter will technically enable you to smoke a cigar, to enjoy the best possible smoke, you should use a lighter made of real fire that will not singe your cigar with an unnecessary amount of heat. 

The truth is, not everyone who loves cigars can agree on just what is the “best” lighter for your cigar. However, everyone certainly has their own opinion. While some are based on science, others are focused on style, and still, some say that keeping up with technology will ensure you have the best possible smoke. If you want to know which lighter is right for your love of cigars, keep reading. We, here at the Cigar Mansion in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have everything you need to know!

What Are the Different Types of Lighters for Cigars?

We have come a long way since flint or even matches to light our cigars, and the technology today has provided the world with numerous variations of the cigar lighter. So let’s talk about the pros and cons of your cigar lighting options and see which one is best for you!

Cedar & Matches

Interestingly, even with all these new fancy gadgets, some old-school smokers still like to use long wood matches or even cedar wood to light their cigars. Although this can be a fun experience, you will certainly need a lot of matches to start the cigar and enjoy it until the last puff, so we don’t necessarily recommend them for most smokers looking to relax.

Standard Flame Lighters

Your classic BIC or other lighters that you can find in every gas station will definitely light your cigar. Some users actually prefer them!

If you have used one of these lighters even to light a candle, you may have noticed that the flames move at an angle and they are easily affected by even a light breeze. So even though they will do the job of lighting your cigar, they’re probably not the absolute best option out there. 

Torch Lighters

Otherwise known as jet flame lighters, torches may just be the best lighter for cigar smokers when used correctly. 

It of course depends on your style and preference, but jet flames are known to produce a solid and immobile flame that will light your cigar without burning your thumb! The canisters are also filled with butane, which most cigar aficionados agree will not affect the taste of your cigar. 

One important downside to note when using a torch lighter to light your cigars, they run extremely hot. In fact, the flame can produce about twice the heat of a standard flame lighter (1500 degrees vs. 2900 degrees.) Some consumers have found that this high heat can actually char the cigar, just as you might find on an overcooked steak, and unfortunately, it can very much affect the taste of the smoke. 

If you are enjoying a premium cigar, or really any cigar that you want to savor the flavor, be careful when using a high-heat lighter. However, if  you know how to light the cigar properly, you probably won’t have any issues (and don’t worry if you’re not quite sure the right way to light a cigar, we’re going to explain it soon!)

Electric Plasma Lighters

The newest and certainly most technologically advanced options for cigar lighters are the electric plasma styles. This new variation of the lighter does not even use a flame! 

Some people enjoy this new and possibly improved tech lighter because it will never be affected by weather, it’s easy to travel with (TSA approved), it recharges and each part is replaceable, so you never have to buy a new lighter if you can manage to hold on to it!

We don’t really think that eclectic lighters are going to replace flame lighters of any kind, but they may just be a new fun toy to add to your lighter collection and they certainly will light your cigar with ease. 

How to Properly Light a Cigar (With the Best Lighter)

Now that you understand the variety of options when it comes to lighting a cigar, you need to choose which one is the right choice for you. When it comes down to it, it’s definitely a decision to be made based on personal preference and style, as well as personal convenience and habits while smoking. 

But no matter which lighter you use, you will want to be sure you light your cigar properly to ensure you receive the best possible flavor, especially if you are enjoying one of our many top-tier premium hand-rolled cigars

The trick is to treat your cigar like a marshmallow: don’t actually let the flame touch the cigar. If you get a little too close to the fire, don’t worry, your cigar isn’t ruined! Just remove it from the flame and continue to light it gently until the entire circumference has a glowing red light. 

After you take your first puff, if the end doesn’t seem like it’s going to burn in an even circle, simply take it out and use your lighter of choice to make sure the entire end is evenly lit. 

So Which Lighter Should You Use to Smoke a Cigar?

While the debate is certainly still out, if you want to know what we think down here in Alabama, we’ll give you our advice on what is the best lighter for your cigars. If you’re looking for a torch lighter, check out our Light Saber Cigar Torch.

If you are new to smoking cigars, the easiest way to correctly light the cigar, as mentioned above, will be to use a torch or jet flame lighter. They are simple to use and convenient to purchase. Just be careful not to char your cigar (by using the marshmallow trick) and you should be good to go!

Cigars & bourbon pairing is a popular and most reliable American pastime, enjoyed everywhere from the trendiest lounges to backyard barbecues. The pairing of these two sensory treats might seem a tricky endeavor, but with a little guidance proves endlessly rewarding. Whether a pairing veteran or new to cigars and bourbon, this guide shows you everything you need to pair cigars and whiskey like a pro.

Why Do Cigars Go Well With Bourbon

Many distilled spirits pair well with top premium cigars, yet bourbon is tailor-made for the job as they share many characteristics. Optimal climate and soil are necessary to grow the best tobacco for cigars, and the same is true for the corn, rye, barley, or wheat used for creating a fine whiskey. Whereas master distillers blend ingredients to create a particular bourbon expression, master tobacco blenders use various tobacco recipes to achieve a particular style of smoke. 

The extended wood aging is also key to smoothness, flavor, and complexity, with bourbon aged in charred new oak barrels and cigars in Spanish cedar. As a result, bourbon and cigars often share core wood, earth, sweet and smokey nuances that make for a harmonious pairing. Yet the moments of quiet relaxation or lively conversation created by these sensory explorations best make cigars and bourbon a perfect fit. 

Bourbon & Cigar History

Bourbon and cigars fit so well with each other because each shares a distinctive new world character, born out of similar histories that converge on early America’s frontier, especially in the South. Bourbon’s origin is shrouded in mystery, with various regional legends adding touches of local flavor to the story. Elijah Craig is often cited with creating the first bourbon in 1789, yet there is currently no definitive way to pinpoint the first bourbon. What is clear is that bourbon arose out of the distilling traditions brought to the new world by immigrants from all over Western Europe. Their descendants continued to refine their locally crafted whiskies into what would eventually become known to the world as bourbon, a key component of Southern pride and hospitality to this very day.

Much of today’s whiskey-making hubs are coincidently in the heart of American tobacco country, where select tobaccos still find their way into some of the world’s finest cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Modern researchers tell us that humans have cultivated tobacco in the western hemisphere for at least 3,000 years. Yet tobacco did not enter European consciousness until after the voyages of Christopher Columbus in the 1490s. Members of his crew captivated the Spanish public by smoking rolled-up tobacco leaves through their noses, a crude version of what we now know as cigars. The worldwide tobacco craze that eventually followed, along with the rise of American whiskey, cleared the way for the cigar and bourbon pairings we enjoy today.

How to Pair Bourbon and Cigars

An adventurous spirit and love of the good life are all you need to embark on the bourbon and cigar pairing journey. Of course, each enthusiast eventually develops their own process, but to start, you can try two popular pairing methods to rev up your tastebuds.

The most common method is selecting cigars and bourbon of like character. The idea is to complement the flavor and complexity of one without overpowering the other. A more robust bourbon, for example, might drown out the finer nuances of a more mild cigar. So, the goal is to find cigars and bourbon that are equal in body and taste. Pairing a smooth, balanced smoke such as a Casa de las Estrellas cigar with a similarly structured Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon offers an exquisite example that brings out the sweet and spicy notes of each. This reliable method is a great way to train your palate to recognize similarities between flavor profiles.

Pairing contrasting characters, mild vs. robust or sweet vs. peppery, for example, is another method championed by connoisseurs. The goal here is to magnify the differing notes of cigars and bourbon to create a livelier, more complex experience. The structure of one might sometimes overshadow the other, but this method can enhance primary expressions while nudging more subdued flavors into the spotlight. For example, a Padron Damaso Robusto cigar’s subtle earth and cream notes explode onto the palate when partnered with the full-bodied spiciness of Baker’s Bourbon 7-Year Single Barrel. 

Other than these simple guidelines, there are no rules for cigars & bourbon pairing other than doing what brings you the most pleasure. It is all about personal preference. The trick is finding out just what those preferences are. So, taking note of the body, flavor, and overall mouthfeel you get from each pairing helps narrow down your likes and dislikes, getting you closer to finding the perfect partnership between cigar and bourbon. 

Best Cigar and Bourbon Whiskey Pairings

The pairing possibilities available to enthusiasts today are vast, with something to satisfy everyone’s taste. The best pairing often can just be your favorite cigar, paired with your favorite whiskey, so while the best cigar and whiskey pairings are subjective, there are plenty of reliable pairings to help get you started on the path to success. Here are four highly gratifying combinations:

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero DL-700 & Booker’s Bourbon

Booker’s Bourbon is a fan favorite with a robust, unfiltered structure that goes toe-to-toe with the La Flor Dominicana DL-700’s potent mix of double-ligero tobaccos. Shared wood and exotic spice notes make for a bold yet balanced experience with hints of sweetness dispersed throughout a complex and warming finish.

Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare (ALR) 2nd Ed. Robusto & Clyde May’s Special Reserve Straight Bourbon

The Rocky Patel ALR 2nd Edition Robusto cigar’s dark Mexican San Andres wrapper and core of rich Nicaraguan tobaccos find an ideal match in Clyde May’s 110-proof Special Reserve Straight bourbon. This full-bodied yet silky-smooth combination is underscored by a delectably tangy sweetness with both cigar and bourbon offering thick chocolate, wood, and spice notes. 

R&R Cigars Black Warrior Torpedo & Four Roses Single Barrel

The Black Warrior Torpedo, the pride of Tuscaloosa, features muscular Honduran and Nicaraguan double ligero tobaccos wrapped in a Sumatra Oscuro wrapper that dovetails with Four Roses Single Barrel Straight Bourbon’s sweet and spicy profile. The bourbon’s texture mellows on the backend allowing the cigar’s full-bodied character to take center stage for a long, velvety finale. 

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic & Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature cigar’s top-shelf Dominican tobaccos and Cameroon wrapper form an exquisite complement to Elijah Craig’s Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The classic Perfecto-shaped cigar and 94 proof bourbon deliver savory cedar, oak, herbal, nut, cocoa, earth, and pepper notes that play off each other for a memorably sophisticated experience. 

What Are the Best Cigar Shops Near Me 

A big step in the cigars & bourbon pairing journey is asking yourself, “What are the best cigar shops near me that best cater to my pairing needs?” Of course, you want the pairing experience to be a happy one, so seeking out reputable, full-service tobacconists in your area can help to alleviate any stress or frustration you might have in finding the right cigars. While there are many variables you might consider, start by searching for cigar shops that offer:

Not only can you rely on the expertise of a cigar shop’s staff for information, but spending time at cigar stores is also a great way to interact with other cigar enthusiasts. Specialized dealers with multiple locations, such as The Cigar Mansion, are ideal gathering spots for cigar lovers to share experiences over the best premium whiskey and high-quality cigars. Here you can pick up pairing tips, check out the latest in cigar accessories, root for the Crimson Tide on game day, and even make new friends along the way. 

Join the Cigars & Bourbon Pairing Party

With their complementary characters and shared contributions to the American spirit, cigars and bourbon rise above the ordinary to deliver an unforgettable sensory experience. Discovering what suits your tastes best will take some trial and error, as well as a bit of patience, but it is all about enjoying the journey. So, spark up, sip, and savor the moment. Start your cigar & bourbon pairing adventure at The Cigar Mansion today!

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.


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.”


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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