Celebrities Who Smoke: Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito proudly has a pink and golden star on the Hollywood walk of fame, thanks to his work within the television industry. Danny DeVito rose to fame in 1978, playing the role of  Louie De Palma in Taxi (1978), for which he won a Golden Globe and Emmy award. He has explored roles as…

Smoking history: Cohiba cigars

Cohiba Cigars are one of the most loved brands on the market. The luxury Cohiba brand name has become widely associated with its spectacular high-quality and super rich flavor. Anyone smoking a Cuban from Cohiba Cigars is in for a real treat. Featuring vibrant flavors of leather, spice, dark roasted coffee, smooth caramel, and cocoa,…

Cigar Wrappers: Maduro

The classic Maduro cigar wrappers are exquisitely dark wrapper leaves with a delightfully rich taste. Various flavors range from prominent notes of chocolate to something more nuanced with multi-layered notes of dried fruit, white pepper, cocoa, and earth. The Maduro can range from dark brown to midnight black. Despite the darker color, this does not…

Smoking Movies: Goodfellas (1990)

“As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a gangster. To me, being a gangster was better than being President of the United States.” The words of real-life mobster Henry Hill, who became fascinated by gangsters and their lifestyle during his youth. Spending much of his life as a “goodfella”, his life…

Smoking Movies: Predator (1987)

Welcome to the jungle. Only this time, it wasn’t all fun and games. Faced with destroying a ruthless alien species from space, Predator (1987) sees Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) venture into the camouflage in search of captured South American officials. It’s only then that he and his elite team realize they’re up against…

Nashville lounge: Live music every Thursday!

A non-stop playground for music lovers, you can lap up the sounds of Nashville all day and night. From a buzzing honky-tonk to a small, unassuming bar, you can find live music everywhere. You can add our 6,000 sq ft cigar lounge in Nashville to that list. Every Thursday from 7-10pm, join us and listen…

Celebrities who smoke: Al Pacino

Al Pacino rose to fame in the early 1970s and remained one of the most sought-after leading actors throughout the rest of the 20th century. From the early 2000s, following his 60th birthday, Pacino demonstrated his diverse talents with appearances in Insomnia (2002) and S1m0ne (2002), the latter of which he plays a struggling film…

Cigar wrappers: Habano

Habano cigar wrappers are a common feature on many of the best handmade cigars. The rich golden-brown cigar wraps are popular for their Cuban-seed origins, spicy flavor, and warm aroma and have been grown in places like Esteli, Nicaragua, for several decades now. A Habano wrapper (pronounced ah-bah-no, with a silent H) is often seen…

Smoking Movies: The Wolverine (2013)

Hugh Jackman's character in X-Men (2000) goes by many names — Logan, James Howlett, and Weapon X — but is best known to many simply as Wolverine. While the X-Men films are not explicitly regarded as movies with smoking, Logan's preference for a lit cigar is depicted throughout the franchise. From the first scene to feature Wolverine, Jackman is…

Celebrities who smoke: Rihanna

Ask someone to list celebrities that smoke, and you're likely to get a male-dominated reply involving names like Arnold Schwarzenegger and historical figures like Sir Winston Churchill. But there's a different side to celebrities smoking cigars, and Rihanna is just one of a generation of famous cigar women. The singer and actress has often been…

Cigar wrappers: Corojo

There are many different types of cigar wrappers, each of which adds a unique flavor to the cigar. In the case of Connecticut Shade, the overall effect is relatively mild, but if you want something more robust, Corojo cigar wrappers are a great option. As the cigar burns, the oils are released from the Corojo…

Whippany Havana Night

One of the biggest nights in the Casa de Montecristo calendar will soon be upon us. A vivid, tropical palette of colors, off-the-wall street art, vintage cars, and rich nightlife, we’re bringing the bustle and buzz of Cuba’s capital to one of the best lounges in NJ. Join us at Casa de Montecristo Whippany on…

World of Golf Sweepstakes

After a dramatic final day at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, we’ve decided to put pegs to turf and cigars to mouth in our latest competition. We’re giving you and three guests the chance to perfect your swing and immerse yourself in golfing heaven with a trip to the World Golf Village in…

Smoking Movies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Widely considered the ultimate Spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) catapulted Clint Eastwood to super-stardom. Sergio Leone's masterpiece tows a fine line between honor and greed amid the violent anarchy of the American Civil War, all through a notable script and exquisite imagery. From the sweeping, dusty desert landscape and intense…

Boca Raton Latin Night!

Experience Latino vibes on the last Friday of every month at the Casa de Montecristo cigar lounge in Boca Raton. From 9pm till 1am, come soak up the colorful energy and salsa to the vibrant rhythm as Cuban sensation Miss Quiala brings her hip-shaking vocals to the stage. If the quick spins and frenetic footwork…

Mooresville Low Country Boil Event

Simmering with the famous one-pot special of the South Carolina coast, come join us at our Mooresville cigar lounge this Friday July 16th, 2022 to celebrate a classic Southern recipe – the low country boil. Our cigar lounges are stocked with preminum cigar brands such as H Upmann original cigars or the classic Montecristo 2000…

Cigar wrappers: Cuban

When you're smoking a Cuban cigar, the wrapper could be any one of a whole list of tobaccos and shades. These different cigar wrapper types all make an appearance on sticks labeled as Cuban cigars. In fact, not all 'Cuban' cigars are even made in Cuba, as the name is sometimes applied to cigars manufactured…

Great cigars for summer

A great cigar can be a warming buddy in the winter months or a way to spend a hot and humid evening in summer. The wisps of smoke drifting away on a gentle breeze make this a great time of year to enjoy your favorite blend of premium tobaccos, protected from the heat and humidity…

Celebrities who smoke: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Images of Arnold Schwarzenegger smoking cigars are not hard to come by. The Governator is a loud and proud fan of them and is one of the most famous celebrity smokers. But how did Arnie get to the top of the celebrity smokers list? And how is his passion connected with another of history's most…

Smoking Movies: Scarface (1983)

Scarface (1983) is not just a classic cigar movie, but one of the most beloved movies of all time. Four decades since its release, audiences are still fascinated by Al Pacino as title character Tony 'Scarface' Montana, Steven Bauer as Manolo 'Manny Ray' Ribera, and Michelle Pfeiffer's breakthrough performance as Tony's love interest (and eventual…

Cigars to Smoke on National Armed Forces Day

National Armed Forces Day on June 25th marks the start of Armed Forces Weekend and the perfect opportunity to honor the history of the military, the service of veterans, and those still serving in the present day. Cigars and the Armed Forces have a long history together. From real-life figures like Sir Winston Churchill, to…

WIN a Subculture Studios Custom Patio Set

Take a comfy seat in the suntrap of your own outdoor space at home with a custom painted patio set from Drew Estate Subculture Studios. Created specifically for you to enjoy the summertime, pour yourself another drink and catch some rays. This outdoor furniture set is handmade entirely from wood and built to last. It…

Celebrities Who Smoke: Winston Churchill

One of the most important figures of the 20th century, the entire world’s history would’ve been scripted very differently if it wasn’t for Winston Churchill. One of the greatest war leaders, he was an inspirational statesman, stubborn imperialist, poetic speech writer, master public speaker, and intense patriot who led Britain to victory in the Second…

The best cigars for Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June (in most countries) is Father's Day, a chance to celebrate the male role models who do so much for their families. In 2022 the big day lands on Sunday, June 19th. If you're looking for smoker gifts for dad, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best Father's…

Montecristo Yeti Backpack Cooler Raffle

It’s competition time again at Casa de Montecristo. In what might be our coolest giveaway yet, you can make the great outdoors even greater by winning a Yeti Hopper Backpack Cooler. Part cooler, part backpack, it’s the perfect excuse to extend your adventure on hikes, fishing trips, car camping, whitewater rafting, and days at the…

Pappy Van Winkle Experience Raffle

Now a little something for the bourbon connoisseur. Throughout the month of June, Casa de Montecristo is giving you the chance to win an exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tasting and dining experience in New York City. Not only will you get to taste what is essentially liquid gold hitting the back of your throat, the…

Cigars to smoke while reading

Cigars and reading make the perfect pair. While these two leisurely pastimes have little in common at first glance, there's something about holding a good book and smelling the pages that stir the same emotions as smoking a great handmade cigar, such as the Saint Luis Rey Serie G cigar or the Rocky Patel Decade…

Cigar Wrappers: Connecticut

'Connecticut Shade' is one of the most common types of cigar wrappers, but there are actually two main types of Connecticut wrappers: Shade and Broadleaf. But what are Connecticut wrappers and where do they come from? Let's take a look at the origin story of this hugely popular tobacco wrapper and why it's so frequently…

How to eliminate cigar odor

Smelling and tasting smoke is part of the experience of smoking a cigar. But once the final retrohales have faded, knowing how to eliminate cigar odor is equally important. Whether it's preventing that stale cigar smell from lingering on your breath or removing smoke odor from clothing, we’ll look at some of the best ways…

Celebrating the 2022 Indianapolis 500

Celebrating the 2022 Indianapolis 500 At Casa de Montecristo, we're serious about sport. We welcomed guests to enjoy the Masters Golf Tournament in April and gave you our recommendations on the best cigars to smoke while watching the game. Cigars have a long sporting history, not least in Major League Baseball. But on May 29th,…

Cigars to Smoke For Memorial Day Celebrations

A poignant day in the US calendar is soon upon us. Memorial Day is a time when we pay our respects to the men and women who’ve died while serving in the military. It’s also come to represent the unofficial start of summer – a long weekend of family get-togethers, barbeques, boozy cocktails, relaxation, and…

Smoke up For Top Gun: Maverick

The wait is nearly over. After 36 years, the follow-up to Tom Cruise’s Top Gun (1986) movie is finally landing. It’s rare for a sequel to hit theatres so long after the original, but Top Gun: Maverick (2022) has struggled with setbacks and unexpected turbulence. With its trailer airing three years ago and a release…

Cigars to Share With Your Groomsmen

Smoking cigars has traditionally been a symbol of success or celebration, and celebrations don’t come much bigger than a wedding. The perfect partner to your big day, a celebratory stogie tastes even better in the company of your closest friends and relatives. For all the clinking glasses, fabulous floral arrangements, and overriding emotion of love…

AMG Driving Academy Competition

Fancy a taste of life in the fast lane? Strap yourself in and get behind the wheel for what is sure be the experience of a lifetime. That’s right. At Casa de Montecristo, we’re giving you and a family member or friend the chance to win a trip to the Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy. Take…

Cigars for National Barbeque Day

Home of that authentic backyard smokey flavor, the USA continues to raise the ‘steaks’ when it comes to a good barbeque. From Kansas City burnt ends to Texas brisket and Carolina whole hog, there is no food more quintessentially American. This meaty contribution to the culinary world deserves to be celebrated. Whether it’s an intimate…

Houston Texas Cigar Festival

We’re back, bigger, better and more full-bodied than ever. Presented by Casa De Montecristo, the Texas Cigar Festival will once again be returning to the “Lone Star State” for a day of amazing giveaways, access to exclusive cigars, live music by The Matchsticks, and much more besides. Taking place for the first time at the…

How to care for your cigars

Talk to some cigar enthusiasts, and they'll tell you a good humidor is key to storing cigars. While that's true in some ways, it's not the whole story. Knowing how to keep cigars fresh is about more than just good humidor care. In this guide, we'll look at how to store cigars to get the…

All about cigar wrappers: Candela

Candela leaf is one of the many cigar wrappers you'll find for sale at Serious Cigars and Casa de Montecristo. Candela wrapper cigars were once the market leaders in the US and were reportedly a favorite of President John F Kennedy. Candela cigars stand out because of their green color, due to fast fire-curing the…

Smoking History: The Marlboro Woman

The Marlboro Man has become an iconic character in tobacco advertising history, yet the trademark 'Marlboro' existed for half a century before the cowboy first rode into Marlboro Country. During those decades, much of Marlboro's marketing was aimed at women, with commercials that depicted young women smoking and movie star endorsements. What drove the popularity…

A guide to cigar humidors

Cigar humidors are not just boxes. They are designed to store cigars in optimum conditions, preserving the tobacco and allowing it to age and evolve. When it comes to smoking your cigars, a good humidor should have them at just the right humidity. Humidors come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and brands.…

The Most Lavish Casa de Montecristo Cigar Lounges

If you’ve a liking for the finer things in life, a visit to one of Casa de Montecristo’s most lavish cigar lounges needs to be on your bucket list. From beginners to experts, our sumptuous lounges are a mecca for serious cigar lovers, allowing you to sample the best cigars in an environment that exudes…

Smoking History: The First Cigars

The history of cigars is very much like a full-bodied stogie – rich and vibrant. Cigar smoking has been a part of our world for over a thousand years, but not always in the same construction or style that’s widely recognized today. We take a step back in time to show you how the art…

Cigar And Food Pairings

A top-notch cigar and a delectable plate of food are two of life’s greatest pleasures in their own right. It begs the question – can both be enjoyed at once? For many stogie enthusiasts, lighting up a premium cigar after dinner is a necessity. Yet some connoisseurs lose their appetite at the thought of combining…

Best Party Venues in Dallas

Located on the rolling prairies of northeast Texas, the modern metropolis of Dallas knows how to get you in the party mood. From magical weddings, to low-key birthday parties, and large corporate events, there’s a wealth of party venues in Dallas to accommodate all styles and themes. If you need inspiration for an upcoming soiree…

Cigars to Smoke While Watching The Game

For sports fans, there is nothing like being at the game. Soaking up the atmosphere, the waft of hot dogs, basking in last-minute glory or snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, it’s something you simply can’t replicate watching at home. Luckily, the Casa de Montecristo cigar lounges offer the next best alternative. Like any…

Cigar And Drinks Pairings

When we think of great double acts or combinations, the magic is in how they play off each other rather than the individual elements. From wine and cheese, to oysters alongside a martini, these classic pairings excite and elevate our palates. Likewise, for the cigar-smoking fraternity, there is nothing more satisfying than matching your favorite…

Smoking History: Cigars and Baseball

Baseball – the great American pastime and a beautiful game loved nationwide. It’s a sport that can get dramatic with a single swing, making fans leap from their seats with excitement. But it’s also a slow burner, with some games lasting for over three hours. With avid fans spending lengths of time watching their favorite…

Casa de Montecristo Masters Golf Tournament

Join us at your local Casa de Montecristo lounge to revel in this year's Masters Golf Tournament! This swinging weekend has been an annual event since 1934, and we putt our enthusiasm in every year by welcoming our loyal customers to join us for the fun. We play the entire tournament on large HD TVs…

Best Places to Eat And Drink in Whippany

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful and historic Morris County, the small, family-oriented town of Whippany belies its stature. From the 3000-acre Troy Meadows wetland area to the Bee Meadow Park which spans almost 90 acres and boasts an Olympic size municipal pool, this is a town with multiple amenities and a community with…

Tasting Notes: The Cigar Flavor Wheel

Part of the joy of cigar smoking is sampling so many different flavors. Each cigar has a unique blended taste, with some flavors being stronger than others and some working cooperatively with the top notes for a delectable cigar smoking experience. Let’s take a quick spin around the varied cigar flavor wheel to see what…

Mooresville Bootlegger’s Bash at Casa de Montecristo

It's been a while since we've been able to host a raucous event, so we wanted to come back with a bang. Our luxurious Casa de Montecristo lounge in Mooresville is going to be the most lively spot in town, at the end of this month. Cancel all other Saturday night plans for March 26th…

Quirky bars in Tampa

Park & Rec  If you’re getting bored of the pool table or dartboard down at your local, then head to Park & Rec. This interactive bar boasts a plethora of games that stump your basic beer pong. Grab a beer and join a friendly competition of air hockey with your friends. If you prefer some…

How is Tobacco Cured?

It’s easy to overlook the vital processes tobacco goes through on its journey to become the cigar blend you know and love. To become a cigar, tobacco must be cured, which involves drying in the leaves. Considered an art for many years, it’s performed after harvesting the leaves from the field. Like most plants, when…

How to store cigars

If you’re a long-term aficionado, then you’ll no doubt know just how important it is to properly care for your cigars. They need to be kept fresh and in pristine condition, so you can enjoy them to their full potential when you next light your cigars. Let’s take a look at some basic cigar care…

Best places to eat and drink in Boca Raton

JBs on the Beach One of the best seafood restaurants in Boca Raton, JBs on the Beach has been serving a fresh catch since 2002. Much of JBs menu consists of delicious seafood plucked straight from the water's edge in Boca Raton, which you’ll have a great view of while you sit to enjoy your…

Cigarillo vs Cigar: What’s the Difference?

Have you ever seen someone smoking what you thought was a common cigarette but then took a double-take when you saw the wrapping and were overwhelmed by the wonderful scent? Chances are it would have been a cigarillo, and we're all for them. Let's take a closer look at these short yet sweet smokes and…

An unexpected Valentine’s Day in Houston

Valentine's Day - the universal day of love, when many share their adoration to family, friends, and romantic partners in a variety of ways. It's one of the sweetest days of the year, so you want to do something memorable to really impress your beau. Celebrate the occasion with style this year when you discover…

How to light and smoke your cigars | Casa de Montecristo

No matter the size or shape of a cigar, you would always smoke it the same way. The only difference between the different shapes and brands would be how you prepare the cigar for smoking. For new smokers, we’d always recommend starting with a classic parejos shaped cigar, which is cylindrical in shape and has…

Best places to eat and drink in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee – a city after all our hearts. This sprawling southern city is known for its vibrant country-music scene, warm hospitality, and, of course, delicious food. You’d be hard-pressed not to get a good meal in Nashville. From classic Southern-comfort eateries to the lavish fine-dining restaurants, this city has it all. We’ve created a…

NYC: Escape the crowds this January

With fewer tourists, a January visit to NYC allows you to escape the crowds. Spend less time in line at the museum and be guaranteed a space at the cigar bar.

January activities in Boca Raton

Blow away the January blues when you discover the most fun things to do in Boca Raton. From exploring the mild outdoors to indoor activities in Boca Raton.

Celebrate Christmas in Tampa

When you think of Tampa, you’d be forgiven for simply envisioning a summery dream. However, Christmas is celebrated all around the world, including this beachy town. Whether you’re a local Tampanian or flying in from out of town for the holidays, you’ll find plenty of Christmas things to do in Tampa. We’ve created this guide…

Celebrate the holidays in Mooresville

Gather loved ones in Mooresville this Christmas for a memorable festive experience, from the Mooresville Christmas lights to drinks and stogies in the lounge.

The Best Things to do in Boca Raton

Golfing, beach-hopping, or unwinding with your favorite cigar – there’s loads of fun things to do in Boca Raton, Florida. Check out some of our top picks here.

A musical journey through Texas

Uncover the sounds of Texas when you take a musical journey through the state. From Austin and Dallas to Houston, gigs are the best things to go to in Texas.

Six Unique Date Ideas in Dallas

Make your next date night one to remember when you discover the most romantic things to do in Dallas. From ice skating to cigar lounges, Dallas has it all.

Best Things To Do In Austin In The Fall

Make this year a fall to remember when you discover the best fall things to do in Austin. From cider sipping, stargazing, and forest exploring, visit Austin this fall.

Unique things to do in Tampa

Step away from the mundane and discover the unique and fun things to do in Tampa, Florida. From axe-throwing to cigar tasting, discover Tampa today.

Golf Holiday Ideas in North Carolina

Whether you’re a new golfer or an avid swinger, enjoy a spectacular golf vacation in North Carolina, the home of American golf, and explore the local area.

Best Bachelor Party Ideas In NYC

Give the groom to be a bachelor party he’ll never forget when you discover the best things to do in NYC. Find unique events to see him off into married life.

The History of Mi Querida Cigars

Mi Querida was the second release under Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Cigars. The flavor notes in the Mi Querida are Espresso, Spice, and Cocoa.

The El Rey Del Mundo Cigar Review

El Rey Del Mundo, is a cigar for everyone. These premium cigars are aged to perfection and use premium cigar wrappers that balance taste and aroma.

The CAO MX2 Cigar Review

The CAO MX2 is a Nicaraguan cigar that is filled with a plethora of tobaccos. Flavor notes consist of Coffee, Black Pepper, Earth Tones and Chocolate.

The Oliva Serie G Cigar Review

Oliva Serie G line is offers two gorgeous wrappers. An African Cameroon that’s rustic and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro that’s smooth from foot to nub.

Smoking the Macanudo Cafe Cigars

General Cigar Company produces a wide variety of cigars and among them is the wildly popular Macanudo line. This mellow cigar has been a staple in the industry and for good reason. Macanudo cigars combine quality and flavor to deliver premium cigars to the masses and they do it so well. Pick up your favorite…