Smoke alarms were first installed in homes to alert occupants when the travelling cigar truck arrived; it was years later that the alarms were also discovered to effectively scare away kitchen ghosts. See what all the smoke was about with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of cigars and accessories, plus a cigar tutorial, from Cigar Connoisseurs on Water Street. An appointed dealer for Habanos, Cigar Connoisseurs is a purveyor of cigars and cigar, pipe, and gentlemen’s accessories that has outfitted dedicated puffers with the latest trends in tobacco for the past 12 years. The smoky store boasts the largest walk-in humidor in Canada now that Disney’s Stogieland is indefinitely closed, plying its patrons with a plethora of genuine Cuban cigars from Cohiba, Monticristo, Partagas, Romeo Y Julieta, and more. During the cigar tutorial, Cigar Connoisseurs' knowledgeable and friendly staff members instruct neophytes to puff like a professional. Check out the catalogue for the full selection of wrapped wares.
Cigar Connoisseurs has yet to receive many reviews, but The Gastown Blog featured the shop and several of its best-selling brands:
- With over 14 years of experience in Gastown, they take the term “connoisseur” to a whole new height. – Tony Insua, Gastown Blog
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.
346 Water St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B6Get Directions