Wondering What’s Up?

It has been a whirlwind week and a half and I’m just catching my breath. Millions of business fail every year and Chesapeake Cigar & Tobacco Company is one of them. Our monthly rent obligation outstripped our income and we had no choice but to shutter the business as it existed in Edgewater. That’s the bad news. The good news…

Kafie Trading Company Cigars

I come across hundreds of new cigars a year through social media and blogs. Most are the passion project of some cigar fan that cobbled enough money together to stroke their own ego by having their toe dipped into the vast ocean that is the premium cigar universe, but few do it consistently right at a level high enough to produce…

Perdomo Habano Bourbon Barrel Aged

For those that have been fans of Perdomo for a while, the name Perdomo Habano isn’t new. But, the Perdomo Habano Bourbon Barrel Aged is! Perdomo introduced this latest iteration of their Habano line at the IPCPR Tobacco Show in July 2015. They began to ship to a handful of retailers in October of 2015 and have been steadily increasing…

The Art Of Tasting Spirits

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a class on the Art Of Tasting Scotch given by The Dalmore’s Master Blender, Richard Patterson. The primary thing I remember from that class is that you “hold” the spirit your tasting in your mouth, as Patterson describes in this video, for one second for every year of aging. So,…

Pipe Department Reboot

After seven years, we’re almost completely updating our pipe department — a reboot of sorts. When we opened our doors, pipes were a small part of our business. With The Smoke Shop (opened around 1947) and Fader’s firmly and successfully serving that market, we felt that our pipe department should, at best, augment their efforts. But now, seven years later,…

NEW! La Aurora 1961 & 1987

La Aurora, the Dominican Republic’s oldest cigar factory, has just released two new cigars that we’re very excited about — La Aurora 1961 and La Aurora 1987. La Aurora 1961 The 1961 features a Dominican corojo wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. These tobaccos come together to produce a…