Any cigar smokers?

I live in the "Provinces". There's only one true tobacconist within 40 miles of me and the closest big city is about 100 away so most of my buying will have to be online. On the other hand, there are a lot of "Smoke Shops", which may or may not sell cigars. I think I remember one having something resembling a humidor. I'll take a look, if only to rule them out. The local shop does have events once a month but, unfortunately, they're held on what just became a school night.

I'll try some of the vendors out and see how it goes, starting with the ones you mentioned. I also see a day trip to LV in the not too distant future.

I'm looking for a cigar friendly venue in the vicinity of The Strand hotel in NY.
33 W 37th St

I'd love to find one that sits outdoors so my wife could sit with me (she is very sensitive to smoke so indoors is out). If not I guess I'll just have to sneak out on my own.
Anyone have any suggestions?

The Strand has a roof-top bar that is outdoors but I assume there is no smoking there. I will check though.

Karma Lounge in the East Village, at 1st Ave and 3rd Street allows all smoking. It was grandfathered as an exception to the old law. You can smoke a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe. I would get a guinnes and smoke a cigar there when I lived on 3rd Street.

I do not have much experience with these lounges, but CBS NY has this write up:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-list....

KingGorilla wrote:

Karma Lounge in the East Village, at 1st Ave and 3rd Street allows all smoking. It was grandfathered as an exception to the old law. You can smoke a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe. I would get a guinnes and smoke a cigar there when I lived on 3rd Street.

I do not have much experience with these lounges, but CBS NY has this write up:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-list....

Cool, Thanks. The Karma looks like it's a bit far for a quick escape for a smoke.
The Carnegie Club https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=156+W.+56th+St&ie=UTF-8&ei=vh82UdXXBuns0QHZ2oGICA&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAg looks closer (22 minute walk or 11 minute subway) that I could just pop into for a smoke after dinner or somethign. I don't know if the opportunity will present itself but hey, at least I know.
Thanks for the heads up!

However, if you are ever in San Juan Puerto Rico, The Cigar House is so great, even my non smoking barely cigar tolerating wife enjoyed sitting with me in their lounge, under the skylight, sipping coffee while I enjoyed a smoke (we went there 3-4 times while we were on our honeymoon).

Just watched this
http://vimeo.com/47940731

Awesomely shot portrait fo a small cigar maker in NY.
Coincidentally the shop is 8 blocks from my hotel when I go. I hope to visit and partake in their craftsmanship.

Speaking of NY Cigar Shop.. I recently purchased and enjoyed some Nat Sherman cigars.. not a brand I usually smoke but I see that Holts in Philly now carries them so I picked a few up. In particular this brand (I enjoy a medium bodied cigar with my Bourbon)

http://natsherman.com/cigars_timeles...

Highly recommend if you haven't tried them.. and not prohibitively expensive..and as a medium bodied its on the lighter side which is fine with me. The actual shop near Grand Central Station in NYC is also worth a visit if you are ever in NYC.

A local shop I frequented a few years ago was big on the Shermans. I smoked a few, but my tastes even then were for much stronger sticks. First production run Rocky Edge and coffee in the morning is more my taste. Yesterday I smoked a Nica Libre with my coffee while playing Diablo 3 with the clan.

Recently, I picked up a couple of Benchmade by Ashton. Very smooth and enjoyable. I have only been able to find one shop around here that has them, though.

fishdude wrote:

Yesterday I smoked a Nica Libre with my coffee while playing Diablo 3 with the clan.

I misread that as "on the can". I've heard of lighting a match, and spent 30 seconds wondering if this was the natural progression of things before I re-read your post.

I could see where that would cause confusion. Definitely just in my desk chair.

Nats are fantastic cigars. Never a bad stick (not like Rocky Patel who are mostly hit and miss).
I've been loving a sampler pack of the Oliva Master blend. Holts had a ridiculous deal on last month and my father in law brought back 100 of them. Amazing cigar, especially the smaller ones. Often smoked down to the nub (another nice lable by Oliva)
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By the way, The Martinez cigars I had in NY were OK but not awesome and I found them to be overpriced. I'm happy to see such a shop in NYC though. Any shop like that that can last as long as it has must be doing something right, or it's a front for the mob.

I agree on the Rocky's. I have not seen any consistency from them since the original release of the Edge. I still smoke a few here and there, but not like I used to. I am down to about 10 of the original Edge in my humidor and only break them out for something special.

Can't believe I just found this thread (if I've posted in it before, I forgot about it).

Anyway, I picked up the habit of cigars and pipes from my dad. I usually have about a smoke per day (if it's a briar pipe, cob, or cigar depends on my mood). If you haven't had Nubs, they are fantastic as a quick 30-minute smoke.

I've also been horribly hooked to Perdomo Corojos lately. Tasty sticks, even if they are a little too strong sometimes. However, having a glass of rum beside me counteract the nicotine since I'm getting a completely different kind of buzz

Are we allowed to talk about pipe smoking here?

*shies back for fear of boos and thrown butts*

danopian wrote:

Are we allowed to talk about pipe smoking here?

*shies back for fear of boos and thrown butts*

You sure can! I'm making an executive decision!

I'm currently sitting outside with a bowl of Samuel Gawith "Squadron Leader" in a James Upshall briar pipe. Delicious.

I have no problem speaking of pipes here. I pretty much only smoke my pipes in the cooler months but will occasionally use them at other times. I am a big fan of the various London Press blends and most anything that is heavy on the lattakia. I have several pipes including a no-name from a local shop and a couple of old Dunhills I got at an estate sale.

For cigars I find my daily smoke these days is either a Nica Libre or a 5 Vegas Cask Strength. I almost exclusively smoke stong, dark sticks but will occasionally have something a bit on the medium side. I have smoked the Camacho Havana series recently and like them. I tend to buy a box or two and let them sit in the humidor for at least 6 months before I smoke them. If you have the room I highly recommend aging everything. It also opens up some smokes that are not worth lighting until they have aged 18-24 months.

Recently bought several bundles of "HC" Corojo by Xikar on a special from CI. Great sticks. I wish I had bought more. They will be wonderful with about a year of age on them. Sadly I doubt I bought enough of them to last that long.

fishdude wrote:

Recently bought several bundles of "HC" Corojo by Xikar on a special from CI. Great sticks. I wish I had bought more. They will be wonderful with about a year of age on them. Sadly I doubt I bought enough of them to last that long.

I'm pretty sure I speak with you on the Something Awful forums - under the same name and same subject. Amusing.

Nope. I have never been to the SA forums. I think the last time I was even on SA was 5+ years ago.

Imposter!

Doppleganger......

What are your thoughts on these? I am actually on CI right now looking for more and also some of the Maduro.

I've never tried them, but they have good reviews.

I did, however, just picked up my first My Fathers cigar, and had it on the way home from doing chores yesterday. It was really good! I'm pretty sure it was a Maduro, so a little strong with an empty stomach, but flavorful and tasty. I'm going to start spying them on cigarbids.com to see if more show up.

My Father rocks but are a bit pricey for every day smokes. I have a couple of boxes stashed from an event I was at in 2011.

I hear you on the strong for an empty stomach. Medium body stuff is light for me and I will catch myself smokingg a heavy on an empty stomach. Had a bad run-in with a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro a few years ago. I love them, but I know I can't have one on empty.

Damn, I was hoping that was to some small shops that do custom rolls like the shops in Ybor City.