Cigar smoking has long been overshadowed by other smoke-inhalation methods, such as smoking cigarettes or sitting atop a burning windmill. Snip off the head of the class with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get an Oliva cigar gift package at Hiland’s Cigars in Scottsdale (a $54.98 value). The Oliva package includes the following:
- An Oliva variety cigar sampler (a $39.98 value)
- One Connecticut Reserve Robusto
- One Serie G Maduro Belicoso
- One Serie G Toro
- One Serie O Perfecto
- One Serie O Maduro Robusto
- One Serie V Double Robusto
- One cigar cutter (a $15 value)<p>
Since 1963, the tobacconists at Hiland’s Cigars have collected more than 1,000 brands of stogies and pipe fillers for aromatic indulgence and refined gift giving. Inside the Oliva variety sampler lie six Nicaraguan cigars in ageless slumber, waiting for a lighter and a farewell kiss to spark their fragrant swan songs. The Serie V Double Robusto delivers smooth, full-bodied chocolate and coffee notes via a tawny torpedo, whereas Serie G cigars steep palates in vapor from medium-bodied African-Cameroon wrappers. Both Serie O Nicaraguan puros are made according to Cuban tradition, in which growers cultivate Habano seeds in unique climates to produce blends redolent with cedar, spice, and dark tobacco. In Hiland’s comfortable smoking room, visitors swap tasting notes with the aficionados on staff and exchange smokescreens with politicos on the flat-screen TV.
For nearly 50 years, Hiland’s Cigars has carried a cornucopia of imported cigars from brands such as Casada, Rocky Patel, and Montecristo. A visit to their store will also reveal an inventory of pipe and chewing tobaccos from lines that include Somerset, Black Gold, and Snowflake. And both in-store and online shoppers can snag cigar accessories in the form of ashtrays and stainless-steel cigar cases that could also transport miniature guitars in a pinch.