Dominican Republic

Headley Grange Cigars: Inspiration, Experimentation, and Creation

Headley Grange Cigars: Inspiration, Experimentation, and Creation

If you've ever wondered how some cigars become cigars in the first place, this article entitled, "Headley Grange: Inspiration, Experimentation, and Creation," by Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber is sure to shed some light on your speculation. As the title suggests, it starts with inspiration. In the case of the Headley Grange line, that inspiration all started with the first six seconds of the Led Zeppelin classic, "When The Levee Breaks." To get the full story of how a 1970's rock band and one of the world's most revered tobacco blenders put it all together.
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Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Back in the 1970s and 80s, cigar smoking was something your grandfather did. But then seemingly overnight, the "face of the industry" literally changed. And yet while the image of cigar smokers was changing drastically, the sheer number of cigars being imported and sold was even more mind-boggling. And then, almost overnight, the boom was over. The fascinating thing about operating in a business boom cycle is that you are constantly kidding yourself about how long it will last. But in this cycle lay the seeds for a real cigar market that would take us into the 21st century.
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Cigar Factory Tours You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Taken The Journey

Cigar Factory Tours You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Taken The Journey

Cigars might be a big part of your everyday lifestyle, but for-shame on you if you have never visited a cigar producing nation and taken an official cigar factory tour. You may "think" you know all about your favorite pastime, but until you have walked the fields and factory floors, then consider yourself a mere tobacco virgin. Here we take a look at some of the top cigar manufacturers who offer the chance of a lifetime to "walk the walk", giving you the up close and personal, first-hand experience to see, touch, taste, and smell the real-life goings in a cigar company.
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Tampa With a Twist

Tampa With a Twist

Rich in Cuban culture, the city of Tampa has played a major role in the history of handmade cigars since 1866 when Vicente Martinez bought 40 acres of land and founded Ybor City. Out of the hundreds of cigar factories that existed in Ybor City and West Tampa, only about two dozen are still standing. Thanks to the efforts of some of the cigar industry's leading manufacturers, several of the city's original factories have been restored, while several new Tampa-based boutique cigar companies have moved in, keeping the city's cigar-making tradition alive to this day.
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Cigar Artisans – Meet the Grupo de Maestros

Cigar Artisans – Meet the Grupo de Maestros

The Tabacalera de Garcia factory stands as a powerful fortress in the lush La Romana region of the beautiful Dominican Republic. And each week, the Grupo de Maestros file into a well-lit room inside the factory. It is cozy and unassuming, with an intimate feel; a war room of sorts. Once inside, these men undertake a very specific process to ensure that their cigars remain amongst the industry's elite: the taste test. We've saved you a seat at the Maestros' table to join in on this weekly meeting of cigar geniuses.
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