From Our Editors
An anomaly among artists, a torcedor judges his worth by how many of his creations are burnt to ashes. The Nicaraguan torcedor—or cigar roller—at Art of Cigars has more than 20 years of practice watching his masterpieces go up in smoke. He hand-wraps shredded, fragrant tobacco into tight styles such as the Gunny, a torpedo cigar with a silky, mild taste, and the Tanker, whose notes of spiced rum evoke tropical scenery in the mind's eye. Owners Leslie and Eric sell these selections as a part of the Cigar Marine line, not only for their authentic preparation and quality, but also as a show of patriotic support—a portion of their profits goes to benefit the families of wounded Marines through the Semper Fi Fund.
Guests at Art of Cigars can puff on wares inside the lounge, where wine and draft beer pair with flavorful drags and light conversation. A welcoming staff caters to aficionados and non-smokers alike, stocking accessories that range from cutters and lighters to humidors. The shop's torcedor, whose rolling finesse has been featured on Good Day Sacramento, also provides demonstrations at special events such as weddings and corporate parties, teaching people how to craft their own cigars or best burn their shredded parking tickets.
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