Buying cigars in Athens, Greece

Where to buy Cigars in Athens

Today I am bringing you another short travel report with a focus on cigars. In November I spent a few days in Athens, Greece and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The weather was marvellous (+15 C on average) and there were very few tourists (as far as I know in the summer the city and the main attractions like the Acropolis get quite crowded).

Athens turned out to be a very pleasant city, especially if you enjoy ancient ruins. Quite a few nice bars and restaurants, just make sure you read some reviews before venturing in - the only time I didn't, I found myself in a shady taverna with a waiter who obviously didn't know his maths since he wanted me to pay x 2 the menu prices. The magic word "police" seemed to calm him down though.

As for cigars, I found one shop with a good selection and it was right next to the central square (Syntagma or Parliament square). It's called Miamis (Google Maps >).

Miamis - cigar shop in Athens

The place features a nice walk-in humidor, a decent choice of both Cubans and non-Cubans and friendly managers. If you find yourself in Athens, do not hesitate to source your cigars in Miamis.

Miamis Cigar Shop

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “elementary, my dear Watson”

Elementary, my dear Watson

“Lunette C” Cigar Holder for Golf Carts [Giveaway!]

Lunette C Cigar Holder

Recently I was contacted by Mark, a craftsman and a cigar smoker, with a request to review a very special cigar accessory. It was a hand-made cigar holder for a golf cart. Every year I say to myself, "I really should start playing golf", and it was one of those times! Since these words are never followed by any action, I didn’t get a chance to try one of the holders. The "Lunette C Holders" look pretty cool, though; each of them is made from a unique piece of wood which has been salvaged for repurposing into a cigar holder. Every single holder is completely one-of-a-kind, and includes its own unique grain and color. It’s a great idea for recycling wood which otherwise would’ve gone to a landfill. It’s well worth checking out Lunette’s website to read the stories that go along with each and every holder.

The Lunette C Holder clips right onto your golf cart and allows you to enjoy your favorite stogie as you are strolling along the fairway. This is a really innovative product, and I love the rich histories that go with each piece. These really are premium cigar holders for your premium cigars.

Lunette C Holder

Each one retails for $75.00 on Lunette’s website. Thanks to Mark, we’re giving away two of these accessories for free to our readers. To enter the giveaway for your chance to win, just post a comment. Tell us about your favorite cigar accessory or your favorite cigars to smoke on the fairway.

The winners will be announced in one week. The contest is open internationally.

Aging Room M21 Fortissimo

Aging Room M21

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 3/4 x 47
Wrapper : Habano (Dominican grown)
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$13 each
More info about purchasing Aging Room cigars...

The Aging Room M21 was first announced in May 2013 by Rafael Nodal, president of Boutique Blend Cigars. If you were able to attend IPCPR this year, you might’ve also gotten a chance to have a closer look at the cigar. Nodal told Cigar Advisor, “This cigar is something I have been working on for a long, long time … Probably the strongest cigar ever to come out of a Dominican factory.” This is why the Aging Room M21 is called fortissimo, which means “strong” in musical terminology.

Read the full review of Aging Room M21 Fortissimo...

Alec Bradley Black Market

Alec Bradley Black Market #1

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Panama; Honduras
Binder : Sumatra (grown in Ecuador)
Price : $8 each
More info about purchasing Alec Bradley Black Market cigars...

Released in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars use a blend of tobaccos from four different countries. However that’s not all… the cigars only contain visos and ligeros (no seco leaves are used in this blend). The Black Market cigars come in boxes of 22 that look like old cargo crates and are available in the following sizes:

Robusto 5 1/4 x 52; Toro 6 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 1/8 x 54; and Gordo 6 x 60.

Read the full review of Alec Bradley Black Market...

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!

Dear Readers,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support since 2007.

We're wishing you and your family a happy new year 2014 filled with joy and prosperity.

Denis & team

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “deer duty”

Deer duty

Cuban Cigar Prices Climbing in 2014

Cuban Cigar Prices Increasing in 2014

Cuban cigar smokers won’t be happy to hear this, but according to LCDH Knokke we’re going to see a dramatic increase in the price of Habanos over the course of 2014, continuing through 2015. Why? There are several reasons, all of them unavoidable:

  • The market is being flooded with more and more premium cigar products.
  • Nonetheless, demand remains high.
  • Cuba’s status is being upgraded to that of a developed nation next year.

The third reason is probably the most prominent one. Developed country status changes import customs taxes. In Europe, those taxes will jump from 9.10% to 27%. With such a significant leap, we cannot expect prices to remain as low as they have been. In fact, over the years to come, this is likely to result in a retail price jump of around 15% for all Habanos.

In the meantime, European distributors of Habanos have agreed to help with the tax increases in order to facilitate a more gradual transition. So in 2014, Habanos should only increase in price by around 4%. That increase will likely be a gradual one over the course of the year, but it’s going to feel very fast.

So, if you have been planning on a large order of Habanos, now is probably the time.

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