Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

I'm traveling a lot and sometimes I spend a day or two in Paris, France. I thought it might be a good idea to share a nice place where you can buy some cigars with help of professional assistants (which is not always the case in Europe). It is called A la Civette ("at a cigar shop") and is located right in the touristic center of the city, close to the Louvre museum. Don't expect to pay a premium for the location as cigar prices are exactly the same in ALL cigar shops in France.

The place has a strong tradition as it first opened its doors in 1716. A la Civette boasts a large walk-in humidor with a good selection of Cuban cigars (all of them are available by single) and it also has non-Cubans like CAO, Ashton VSG or Padron 1964 (most of them at prohibitive prices, of course). I walked out with some cigars that I wanted to try for a long time and couldn't find elsewhere - Saint Luis Rey Serie A, Winston Churchill Marrakesh and Por Larrañaga Petit Corona. Expect reviews soon. By the way, if you want to enjoy your cigars straight away, there is a nice café just opposite the cigar shop, where you can smoke outdoors.

Here's the address if you ever have a chance to visit it:
157, rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris

Cigar Reviews of the Week #55 (Apr 17 2009)

A couple of reviews for your reading pleasure; today we're talking about Cabaiguan:

Cabaiguan Robusto Extra

Reviewed by Patrick at  The Stogie Guys

Patrick is very impressed with this cigar, blended by Don Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson.
Read the full review here...

Cabaiguan Guapo 2009 Re-Release

Reviewed by Tony at  Leaf and Grape

It doesn't earn a perfect rating unlike the previous Cabaiguan, but still worth trying. By the way, be sure to check Leaf and Grape - they have both cigar and wine reviews, that's exactly what we like!
Read the full review here....

You might also want to read the review of Cabaiguan Guapo 46 Maduro posted by Joe last year.

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a cabinet of 50
More info about purchasing Por Larranaga cigars...

Por Larrañaga is a local brand produced by Habanos S.A. in only three sizes. The petit corona is the thickest at a 42 ring guage. I find this to be an intriguing cigar because I've read many good reviews on it and I get the impression it has a bit of a cult following. This is my second tasting of a Por Larrañaga Petit Corona with the 1st being back January. I expected more from this one since it now had 4 months of humidor time. I am not sure of the box code of this cigar, since it was bought as a single, but I would say it's most likely from early-mid 2007.

Read the full review of Por Larrañaga Petit Corona...

Humidor & Lighters: April Contest

Here we go again with a contest generously sponsored by CheapHumidors.com. Dave is a very nice person to deal with and the site will surely fit all your cigar accessories needs. Please give them a review here if you already used them.

Dave donated a gorgeous 20-30ct The Florence humidor (perfect as the first humidor for beginners, but it can also be used as the office humidor for example...) and the winner will be able to choose his own personalized engraving for the wooden top. That's not all though. One more lucky person will be able to choose any lighter that costs under $20 from the whole selection. If there are more than 100 participants, 3 lighters will be given away. And if we cross 150 participants, 5 aficionados will receive the free lighters! So make sure you pass the word about the contest - we will give you some tools to do that.

This time, it's a really easy contest to enter. All you have to do is subscribe to Cigar Inspector's RSS feed and to Cheap Humidors' newsletter. As a bonus, you get to download an e-book called "The Beginner's Guide to Cigar Smoking" written by Dave. Here are step-by-step instructions:

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All you have to do is fill in the form below. You will be subscribed to the newsletter and sent an e-mail with the link to download The Beginner's Guide to Cigar Smoking.

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That's almost all! The contest will run for a couple of weeks and on April the 30th I will publish another blog post that will contain a link only visible to those subscribed to the RSS feed (it will be found at the bottom of the post). You will have to click on this link and re-enter your e-mail address to confirm your participation. After that, we'll feed the list of all the e-mails to a randomizer and pick the winners!

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Avo 22 Limited Edition European Release

Avo 22 European Release

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 7/8″ x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $15+ each
More info about purchasing Avo cigars...

This is a very special cigar. Not only did this blend lead to the AVO 787 but this is the only LE to have a different sized European release. The original AVO 22 was 5 7/8″ x 50 while the European release has a ring gauge of only 41. The Europeans historically prefer thinner cigars hence the change. I got my hands on one of these in a trade and couldn’t wait to smoke it.

Read the full review of Avo 22 Limited Edition European Release...

Ramon Allones Eminencia (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Ramon Allones Eminencia (Regional Edition Switzerland)
Ramon Allones
Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda (Francisco)
Size : 143 x 17.46 mm (5 5/8 x 44)
Ring : 44
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
More info about purchasing Ramon Allones cigars...

This is probably the cigar that I wanted the most from the Limited Editions sampler. Ramon Allones Eminencias was released in 2005 to the Swiss market to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the brand. It is called Eminencia in honor of the factory where Ramon Allones were initially rolled. The vitola's name is Francisco and it's close to a corona gorda. There was a re-release in 2007 but the one I smoked is from the original release, considered as more successful. I was ready for a royal treat.

Read the full review of Ramon Allones Eminencia (Regional Edition Switzerland)...

Davidoff Mille Series 3000 (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Mille Series 3000

Origin : Dominican RepublicDavidoff
Format : Panetela
Size : 7" x 33
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Age : 13 Years
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
More info about purchasing Davidoff Mille Series cigars...

Wow, this is one beautiful cigar. It is satiny and smooth to the touch. The cellophane is yellow from 13 years of contact with this beautiful Connecticut Shade wrapper.

The pre-light draw was easy and the cigar lit very easily from the flame of my IM Corona lighter. The flavors, as expected were mild, but numerous. I was hit with waves of cream and wood, leather and nuts, with some of the Kelner mustiness thrown in as well.

The ash burned red hot leaving the most striking white ash I have ever seen. It did not heat up the cigar too much and the burn was dead on even. The exhale is rich with creamy coffee and nuts with some leather and grass.

The Davidoff Mille 3000 burned flawlessly another example of the artistry of Henrik Kelner. I enjoyed every minute I spent with this cigar!

Overall the cigar was creamy and woody, mild but with a lot of flavor still after 13 years. It was a pleasure to get the opportunity to try it!

Limited Edition Gift Pack at TopCubans.com

Limited Edition Gift Pack at TopCubans.com

I'm a sucker for Limited and Regional editions. Even though several years of marketing studies immediately tell me that this is just a trick to make more and more sales, I am still very attracted by those edicion limitada labels and try them whenever I have a chance.

Furthermore, they are rarely available by single - and it's not always an easy decision ordering a whole box. Imagine the investment if you want to try 5-10 different editions? This is why when I saw this sampler at TopCubans.com I thought that it might be a good idea to get one... Thanks to Richard, 5 days later I found a package in my post. It contained 10 gorgeous Limited & Regional edition cigars, including:

They were shipped in a nice travel humidor. As you can imagine I am very happy and would like to thank Richard and TopCubans.com (leave them a review if you've used them in the past!).

You can get your Special Edition Gift Pack here

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