Date: November 2018
Author: Inspector Z

The Dutch cigar brand and shop P.G.C. Hajenius is an institute. It’s the oldest tobacco shop in Amsterdam. Pantaleon Gerhard Coenraad Hajenius left his hometown of Doesburg in 1926, as a 19-year-old, to start a new life in Amsterdam. There he opened his tobacco shop which stood the test of time, rose to fame and can now call international celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger to their clientele.

In 1914 the shop relocated to a beautiful art-deco style location on Rokin in Amsterdam, where the shop is still located in the original style. If you are a cigar lover, and you happen to go to Amsterdam, this shop is a must-see, it should be a mandatory visit. For the last 15 years though, the street has been a construction area for the new subway that recently opened. And the station is right in front of the shop.

To celebrate the opening of the subway, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, owner of the P.G.C. Hajenius brand and shop decided to name the yearly limited Hajenius cigar after the station, P.G.C. Hajenius Het Rokin.

The cigar is made with Brazilian and Cameroon filler, a Mexican binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf from the United States or a version with Dominican, Mexican and Cameroon filler, Mexican binder and a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Ecuador. Both blends have been used for P.G.C. Hajenius cigars before, in 2008. The cigars come in boxes of six, 3 of each blend, for a fixed price of 35 euro. Now that sounds like a budget cigar, but these cigars are medium filler dry cured, and high end in the blend, quality and price for that segment of the cigar market.

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