Sigmund Freud once said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," at which point he mistakenly attempted to light the lollipop dangling from his lower lip. Dig into the psychology of stogies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of cigars and accessories at Cigar Connoisseurs. Today’s deal is not valid for cigarettes.
An appointed dealer for Habanos, Cigar Connoisseurs boasts a spacious walk-in humidor that houses cigars culled from a deftly curated assortment of brands including Cohiba and Bolivar, as well as pipes and gentlemen’s accessories to keep patrons puffing. A Romeo y Julieta No. 1 Tubos HF ($15.95) prompts mouths to wax poetic with its sweet undertones and ability to scale a balcony, and the torpedo shape of a Monticristo No.2 ($29.95) emits an enticing aroma and submarine-shaped smoke rings. Customers can preserve precious stogies within the airtight confines of a humidor ($39.99+) and peruse the store’s humidor maintenance tips to ensure optimal storage. The razor-lined embrace of a stainless steel cigar cutter ($19.99) facilitates swift end-hewing, and a Lampe Berger starter kit ($39.95) sanitizes ambient air without the hassles of tossing each oxygen molecule into a pot of boiling water. As an added bonus, shoppers can bolster smoke-based savvy during a complimentary cigar tutorial delivered by a knowledgeable staff member, available upon request.
Cigars can be made one of two ways: by machine or by hand. The latter is usually preferred, but requires a significant amount time. For starters, the tobacco leaves must cure for six weeks before the torcedor—or cigar roller—even begins their work. From there, the artist painstakingly sorts the leaves by colour and fermentation, removes the veins, and finally begins stretching and rolling them into a handmade masterpiece.
As an appointed dealer for Habanos—one of the largest Cuban cigar manufacturers—Cigar Connoisseurs is the bridge between torcedor and aficionado, offering popular brands such as Romeo y Julieta, Cohiba, and Montecristo. All customers have to do is walk into the shop's humidor and choose which handmade stogies they want to smoke or use as Lincoln Logs. True connoisseurs can even enroll in the shop's cigar club and receive three or four gourmet cigars each and every month.
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