Al Capone Cigars



Al Capone cigars are actually cigarillos.  They are named after the notorious Chicago gangster of the 1920s.  They are said to be short on stature, but very long on flavor.  Al Capone’s also give the smoker on the go the best bang for a buck.  They are quick, inexpensive, and sweet to the taste.  Serious Cigars offers both filtered and non-filtered versions. 



 



Al Capone Cigars are available in sweets with and without a filter and also in rum flavor.



Al Capone cigars are ideal for the smoker who is looking for a sweet, super quick, cigar on the cheap.  Al Capone cigars taste excellent and smell very good.  With a mild



 



Al Capone cigars are medium to full-bodied; these short smokes are comprised of Nicaraguan and Brazilian short filler leaves wrapped in sweetened Bahia wrappers. Available in either rum or cognac, Al Capone cigars make the perfect getaway cigar when you are low on time.



 



Al Capone cigars originate from Nicaragua.  The filler comes from the Condega, Jalapa and Estelí regions of Nicaragua.  The completed product is a full-bodied smoke that has a slightly sweet but smooth flavor. The leaves are afterward wrapped in sweetened Bahia wrappers.  The Bahia wrapper creates a very distinct aroma and lends the Capone a very special flavor and



 



Al Capone cigars were originally made in Germany.  However, as we have already noted, they are made by hand today in Estelí Nicaragua.   Today’s version is a 1996 continuation of the German original, and continues to earn high ratings among cigar smokers around the world



 



There are two basic flavors that smokers can select: Rum and Cognac. Both Rum and Cognac Al Capone cigars have been carefully dipped in the respective liquors indicated by their names.  Both of these cigars can be found purchased in filtered slims and non-filtered versions.  Even better, both Rum and Cognac lines can be obtained as either slims or sweets.



 



Many smokers like the non-filter cigars because they offer an extra bit of flavor for those looking for a quick smoke on the go.  The filtered equivalents have a milder taste and are also a favorite quick smoke by busy people on the go.



 



There is little that an Al Capone Cigar leaves to be desired.  It is characterized by a medium-bodied flavor that is just right for a smoke on a short break.  At the same time, there is always a sweet taste to any Al Capone.  The Sweets have an extra bit of flavor for those that want to truly seek pure pleasure in a quality cigarillo. 



 



Because of the rather quick burn time of Al Capone cigars, and their relatively short size, these fine quality cigarillos are best enjoyed during short breaks, while travelling from place to place, or at the end of a meeting before one returns to the office. 



 



Consider an Al Capone as a daytime moment of pure enjoyment and rich flavor anytime you have just a just enough time on your hands to take a break from the world and enjoy great flavor, great smoke, and a moment to yourself.



 



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Agio Cigars



The very first cigar factory was constructed in the Netherlands in 1826.  Unlike other European governments that tried to control cigar manufacture, the Dutch let cigar makers pursue their trade unregulated.  The cigar industry was quickly spread over Europe, but it remained prominent in the Dutch province of Brabant.


In 1873, Agio Cigars was founded.  Today, it is the sixth largest cigar company in the world.   That is quite a lineage, considering that the entire cigar industry is not much older than that. 


There are many different lines of Agio cigars.  These cigars are made from some of the best tobacco grown in Indonesia, Brazil, and Cuba.  Agio cigars are very short that are good if you are looking for a relatively quick burn.  The most popular brands appear to be the Mehari brands, which are smoked in over 100 countries around the world.


Different Mehari brands go well with different things.  Some work very well with fine wine or stout liqueurs.  If you enjoy vodka, try the original Mehari Java, which has been famous throughout the world since 1976.  Java tobacco is frequently used to wrap Dutch cigars.  It is rather unique because it is not grown on plantations.  It is grown by private Indonesian farmers on small tracts of land.  It has a good flavor for those who prefer not to drink alcohol, being an ideal compliment to cold espresso or Chinese tea.


Others Agio Cigars, such as the Mehari’s Equador, taste better with beer or light wines.  The light-colored wrapper of the Mehari Ecuador gives it a very distinctive, yet also very mild flavor.  It is grown under cheesecloth to prevent exposure to direct sunlight. 

 

Still others smokers want a more exotic flavor with a strong aroma.  Mehari’s Brazil, for example, is an exotic Agio Cigar whose plants are grown in the open air and the high sun.  To add a unique, exotic flavor to the tobacco it is fermented for 3 to 8 months to give it a more aromatic taste and dark color.  This is a good cigar to smoke with your favorite brandy, cherry liqueur, or firm red wine.


In recent years, aromatic Agio Cigars have become highly popular with some people.  Individuals who are new to cigar smoking tend to favor them because they like the smell.  Both nonfilter and filter versions exist of these aromatic cigars exists.  Filtered cigars are rather unique, to say the least. 


These cigars taste great with teas, sweet liqueurs, or with any vodka drink.  The Sweet Orient line has been made with a Java wrapper that makes it fragrant and delicious.  It has a noticeable, yet mild flavor that is just right for the beginning cigar smoker just starting down the aficionado road. 


If you would like a more robust flavor, then mini Mehari’s Mocca combines the flavor or Arabica with Robusto coffee.  The harmonious balance between the two ingredients gives the Mehari Mocca a very different taste that has come to be adored by coffee and Ameretto drinkers.


If you love Caribbean dreams that are brought on by rum and tequila, you may want to get a box of Mini Mehari’s Dominicans.  Dominicans are especially made from Dominican Olor tobacco that has been carefully selected for its rich, aromatic blend.


Our Main Cigar store is located in Houston Texas, however we also service all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., El Paso, Texas, Dallas TX DFW, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Boise ID, Atlanta GA, Raleigh-Durham NC, Washington DC, Albuquerque NM, Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, Norfolk VA , Madison WI.



Adrian's Cigars



Adrian’s Cigars are Fine Costa Rican Cigars.  They were started by an American who attended the University of Costa Rica in the late 1990s.  While studying there, he toured many tobacco plantations, and after experiencing the flavor of Costa Rican tobacco firsthand, fell in love with it. 



 



Several blends were then created, and the company was launched in 2008.  Adrian’s cigars are all handmade in Costa Rica, and they are brought into the United States by a chain of retail stores in Central, Texas.



 



Adrian’s Costa Rican Puros are made from carefully selected tobacco that has been aged for over 7 years.  They are hand-rolled at just the right time that is needed to capture the very best character and flavor of the tobacco.  Adrian’s Costa Rican Puros have been specially designed with a compact ash that burns evenly, so relighting is never necessary. 



 



The tobacco that is used in making Adrian’s cigars is grown in two different regions of Costa Rica.  One of these regions is in the Mountains of Pursical.  The other region is located in the Southern Zone of the country known as Perez Zeledon. 



 



Adrian’s cigars have a fantastic taste that is a quick love for both new cigar smokers and veteran smokers alike.  The care taken in growing, curing, and hand-rolling these masterpieces certainly pays off.   One of the more noticeable qualities that anyone will very quickly notice when looking at one of these cigars is a very minimal veins in the wrappers compared to the wrappers of other hand-rolled cigars.  These wrappers give off a much stronger aroma and contribute to a forming smoother more even burn lines.



 



The wrappers are not grown in Nicaragua, however, but instead are grown in the shade fields of Ecuador.  Ecuador has long been known as an ideal area of the world for growing the most excellent wrapper leaves.  Ecuadorian tobacco leaves are renowned for both for their elasticity and special aroma.



 



There are a several specialized blends that are made by Adrian’s cigars.  The Connecticut shade wrapper burns very cool and slow and it gives a very easy draw with crisp ashes.  It features a mild to medium flavor.  Smokers love it for afternoon smokes or smokes before dinner.  It is also very aromatic as well so is a good way to unwind down to evening before bed.



 



The Havana 2000 (Criollo) Wrapper is very sweet when it is first lit up.  It offers the smoker a medium to full-bodied flavor.  One of the more interesting things about this Adrian’s cigar is that it gets stronger as it burns without becoming too strong. 



 



The Maduro Wrapper has been called a sexy, dark, and robust blend of a cigar.  It is by far the strongest blend in both flavor and strength.  This is a favorite after dinner or late night cigar for the serious smoker.  With an extra ligero aged to five years for an additional punch, the rich flavor and taste of the Maduro Wrapper can quickly replace a favorite with a new, but already classic tasting blend.



 



Quality matters to Adrian’s Cigars.  Every cigar is carefully, visually inspected, measured, and then weighed for quality assurance.  No cigar ever ships if it does not meet the strict QA requirements of Adrian’s Cigars. 



 



Our Main Cigar store is located in Houston Texas, however we also service all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., El Paso, Texas, Dallas TX DFW, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Boise ID, Atlanta GA, Raleigh-Durham NC, Washington DC, Albuquerque NM, Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, Norfolk VA , Madison WI.


When discussing cigars, one can not help but think of the beautiful little island in the Caribbean known as Cuba. For hundreds of years, the cigar tobacco from Cuba was seen as the pinnacle of quality and luxury. Since the embargo was enacted in the 1950s, the aura around these cigars has increased even more. Although today we have seen some top of the line products out of Nicaragua and the Dominican, Cuban cigars still have a mystical hold on cigar smokers everywhere. Now, everyone who has even heard of Cuba has heard of brands such as Montecristo and Cohiba, but today let’s take a look at some lesser known but amazing options that Havana has created.


Partagas Serie D No.4
While the Partagas Serie D is one of the best-selling Cuban cigars, it does not have anywhere near the popularity of Montecristo or Cohiba. Why this is remains a mystery, especially if you have ever smoked one. Ask an average smoker their favorite Cuban and they will probably say a Montecristo No. 2. Ask a true connoisseur, and the Partagas Serie D will most likely be the answer. It has a good deal of spice, but it is not overwhelming. In fact, there is a good amount of sweetness to help balance it out. This is one of the highest rated general releases ever produced in Cuba, and a definite pick for your Cuban cigar bucket list.


H. Upmann Coronas Major
H. Upmann is one of the oldest cigar brands in existence, dating back to the 1840s. Since then it has developed quite a reputation as one of the premium boutique brands of Cuba. In fact, this was the brand that John F. Kennedy bought moments before he signed the Cuban embargo. The Coronas Major is a newer size that was previously machine made. It is rich and creamy, with dabs of spice throughout. It is actually quite affordable, even for a Cuban cigar. If you have the option, these are an amazing choice for a daily smoke.


Bolivar Belicoso
It would be hard to find a Cuban cigar with more complexity then the Bolivar Belicoso. Besides maybe the Montecristo No.2, this is one of the best perfectos every to come out of the island. It starts of rich and creamy, then shifts to slightly spicy, followed by a sweet spice finish. I have yet to smoke one that burned bad or had a flaky ash. Great construction plus complex flavors equals amazing.


Obviously, many of you reading this cannot go out to purchase these cigars regularly. However, on your next vacation abroad, you now have a great list of cigars you can try without breaking the bank.

When we think of a premium cigar, we are drawn to the flavorful, handcrafted masterpieces of meticulously cured, blended and rolled tobaccos. Cigars have often been viewed as an implication of elegance and class, shared by members of a community within social circles and ceremonious occasions. The upscale nature of cigar smoking however, is built around the good nature and character of an individual, rather than prosperity or affluence. Through this gentlemanly demeanor, there’s a social protocol to cigar smoking that’s expected to be adhered to by both novices and well-seasoned smokers, within most smoking environments. But don’t take that disclaimer as a brooding warning— cigar smoking is a passionate pastime that welcomes any and all individuals! All they’ll ever ask in return in a little etiquette…


Cigar etiquette is simply polite and courteous behavior within these smoking circles. These indoctrinated rules stretch back to centuries ago, and some of which, amongst all the changes in environments and technology, still hold up today. Zino Davidoff was one of the first to publicize these time-honored traditions with an essay entitled "Zino Davidoff's Guide to Cigar Etiquette." Davidoff’s guide is one that does bear a few more of the guidelines that aren’t as emphasized in today’s culture, such as walking with cigars, or asking a fellow smoker to borrow a lighting device. But Davidoff’s insistence on lighting your own cigar, or the refusal to re-light cigars which have been smoked two-thirds of their course, have remained social strongholds. In truth, any premium cigar should be allowed to die with dignity, and we should all opt not to stick our nubs with a toothpick, and smoke them until there’s seemingly nothing left!

Since Davidoff’s essay, other prominent figures within the industry, or credible publications such as Cigar Aficionado and The New York Times, have issued further suggestions to maintain an upscale smoking environment. It’s often encouraged to let a cigar burn out on its own, rather than snubbing it out in an ashtray, or worse, between the sole of a shoe and the ground. Respect for any non-smokers should be taken with precedence, and can be displayed by regulating cigar smoking to designated areas or lounges, and properly airing yourself out before entering a non-smoker’s home, or a non-smoking institution. For the establishments or tobacconists that provide upscale venues to enjoy a cigar, respect these businesses by shopping with them, refraining to bring cigars acquired from another retailer. Limit smoking within these places to the areas they were built for. If this particular location has a walk-in humidor, try not to alter the air they’ve meticulously set by smoking within it. Go back out to the lounge and enjoy your cigar there with your companions, and be sure to follow any house rules while do so.

There are a few other actions that are almost universally frowned upon, for lack of a better term, within smoking circles. Always accommodate yourself with the right tools to appropriately prep your cigar. This means to make sure you use a cigar cutter or punch, as opposed to improvising with a knife, or savagely removing or puncturing the cap with your teeth. Try to bring your own tools as well, to avoid having to interrupt another smoker for theirs. Things do happen, and we are sometimes forgetful in nature, so do keep your cutter clean for anyone in need. Keep your cigars out of your mouth until they are completely ready to be smoked. This way, if you happen to borrow another smoker’s cutter, you’ll be using their blade on a factory-fresh cap, as opposed to one that was just removed from your lips!

Chain-smoking is something that’s been considered to convey a seemingly ‘addictive’ nature that one may want to avoid. To circumvent this rule in an extended smoking session, smoke your cigars slowly and peacefully. You may actually even enjoy them more this way! You might also want to consider waiting at least 15 minutes before lighting a new cigar, if you do have the time and desire to smoke a second. Ash is another major factor in cigar etiquette— always be hygienic, and use an ashtray and keep ashes orderly. Try not to over-ash or lavishly under-ash, showboating that long ash you’ve accrued in an otherwise calm and orderly atmosphere.

As for your personal behavior, respect the elegance of the cigar by re-lighting in your hand, and not your mouth. In fact, cigars aren’t meant to be wet, so refrain from dipping yours in a cordial or cognac for additional flavor. This action seriously diminishes both the quality of tobaccos of the cigar, and the work that went into both producing and providing it for you. Also, for the sake of your perception, avoid chewing on your cigar, or worst of all, clenching it between your teeth like the gangster stereotypes of popular, action-star B-movies.

Finally, there are some more chivalrous rules that are just considered good natured, such as returning any cigar loaned to you that goes unsmoked, bringing extras to share in celebration, not insulting anyone’s cigar or flavor preference, avoiding the need to sniff the body of a cigar, and most importantly, continually accepting complementary cigars without reciprocating appropriately. And for the love of God, when it comes to Cuban cigars, it may be wise to keep a don’t ask/don’t tell type of mentality!


Well, I swore I would never go to Honduras. Never; for no reason would I go. I had heard so many bad things about the safety there I thought why would I go, Nicaragua and the Dominican have the same things and I feel safe in both places. So you guessed it, I just went and I�m back in one piece. Altadis, the makers of Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, etc. invited me for an exclusive tour of their factory and fields. We are huge partners with them and I am on the retail advisory council so I could hardly say no. I packed my bag for my two and a half day trip and landed at the Ramon Villades Morales International airport in San Pedro Sula which is in the Northern part of the country near Guatemala. For reference, most of the cigars produced are in the Southern region nearer Nicaragua. I heard a few days before I left that San Pedro Sula was the most violent city IN THE WORLD in 2013. I was not real pleased to hear that just before my trip. I was thinking of all the bad things that could happen. Kidnapping was about the worst for me. Getting shot, would be bad but It would be over quick. Kidnapped? Well first, I�m not sure how much ransom I would be held for. How would they determine that? I kept thinking about being held captive and the conditions I would be in. I would just not do well in some dirty dank hideout, no air conditioner, no running water for showers, no toilets, and worse, no Netflix. I was having real reservations about going. To make matters even worse, I was remembering that an insurance policy was taken out on us by the company. No kidding! So, we land in SPS, the people seem nice. There is a group of about 12 of us. They meet us just outside customs and walk us out to a super deluxe bus. Things are looking up. We were heading for Santa Rosa de Copan, the city where the factory is located and the fields are not far away. It was going to be about a three and a half hour ride. About 10 minutes in, I pulled out my Ipad, popped in my headphones and began watching the last season of Bored to Death starring Ted Danson. Check it out, it is a good show. I was sitting in the second to last row and pulled the curtain closed to block the sun and sat back. Five minutes later we were in stand still traffic, finally creeping through after about 25 minutes. Come to find out, I missed the incident since I had my curtain closed. Two freshly murdered bodies laying next to the side of the road. People crowding around them, blood everywhere I�m told. Quite the scene; Welcome to Honduras! We were now on the move, travelling over the rough highways, weaving back and forth to avoid the pot holes that cover the roads. Looks like the Russians never took Honduras under their wing. About twenty minutes outside of our destination, I began to smell paint thinner. I got stronger and stronger. I asked around to see if others smelled it, they did. I asked one of the tour guides if they smelled it and they said yes, smells like fuel. I was thinking NO, doesn�t smell like gasoline to me. Wait, the bus, it�s diesel. It was diesel fuel. Strong as could be. I remember thinking to myself that if I start to feel light headed, run towards the front of the bus. Just about then, the bus sputtered to a stop, the driver tried to restart the engine, no luck. We had a cracked fuel line in the engine compartment. Not sure how It did not catch fire, it was soaked, pouring all over the motor and dripping down everywhere. So, it�s about 5PM, getting dark and we are in the middle of nowhere in Honduras. I had cell reception so after about ten minutes; I texted my wife to tell her the situation. She texted me back and asked if we were OK, I told her that we were but that text did not get to her for about 40 minutes. Come to find out, she was freaking out and I was in trouble for the poor messaging ability on the Honduran phone system. Oh, almost forgot to tell you that our armed security escorts were on the vehicle, and following with more guys in a pickup that had more guns that I could count. They were fanned out on the perimeter looking everywhere for the bad guys to jump out of the tree line and grab us. Our factory representatives were arranging for some of the workers from the factory to come get us. They arrived like the Calvary in about six pickup trucks to take us to the fields. The workers in the fields had been ready for us with a great show. It was dark now and difficult to really see the fields in their full glory. They had a great spread of local snacks set up and some of the workers were doing demonstrations of their jobs. It was very nice. We headed to the hotel for a much needed rest. The next day we visited the Flor de Copan cigar factory where Romeo Reserve, Gispert, and others are made. It was a site to behold. Fully integrated with the fields nearby, box factory, rolling rooms, etc. Too much to explain here but a really nice factory that nobody ever gets to visit. It was great. Now, we are off to the Copan Ruins, a 3 hour journey in a smaller bus. It may have been the most uncomfortable ride I have ever been on. Terrible roads the entire trip. I got my 10,000 steps from my Fitbit about an hour into the Journey if that gives you any indication of the conditions. The Ruins, they were fantastic. Best I have ever seen. Super cool. From there, we headed to a different hotel for the night. The Hotel Marina Copan has to be one of the nicest hotels I have stayed in. Beautiful grounds, great rooms, etc. Amazing that this hotel exists in such a tiny remote town just a few miles from Guatemala and El Salvador. Really crazy. The next morning, a few of us were on the first bus back to the airport. Another long ride, three and a half hours to the airport again. Unbelievable roads, felt like you were on the ocean in ten foot waves. Not sure how we do not get car sick. All in all, the locations we visited were great. Getting around was awful, really, really awful. You might be thinking that I should not be complaining, it was a free trip to Honduras. You had to experience it. Not sure if I will ever go back. If I do, we have to figure out better transportation. The entire trip was centered around seeing the new tobacco Altadis has created in their Copan fields. It is called Yarguera. It is a hybrid strain of an old Cuban seed combines with Criollo 98. The result is unique and very tasty. We just received our first shipment of cigars made with this wrapper. Very nice and different. Check them out when you can.

I walk by our ashtray that sits on the checkout counter and find a cutter sitting smack in the middle of it a few times a week. This has been going on for years. It happens at all of our locations. I cannot remember exactly when it started but I remember what I thought the first time I saw it. I walked by the dirty ashtray and was going to dump it. There were a couple cigar butts, plenty of ashes and a V Cutter sitting right in the middle. Just to give you some perspective, we have an empty cigar box with cutters, lighters, etc. sitting right next to the ashtray. So, I just thought someone goofed up and flipped the cutter into the ashtray when they were aiming for the box. I cleaned the cutter off and tossed it back into the empty cigar box. Well, a few days later, I was checking the ashtray on the counter again to clean it and whammo, another cutter sitting right in the middle of all that crap in the ashtray. I shook my head, took the cutter out, cleaned it off and tossed it back into the empty box. I am sure I said something like, What the hell? and just moved on. Another couple days after that, I walked by the ashtray on purpose to take a peak and of course nothing but ashes. Hmmm, maybe it was just a fluke. A couple weeks went by and it did not cross my mind. At some point, it popped into my head and I wondered over there and there it was, staring at me, a frickin cigar cutter sitting in the ashtray. I can�t remember exactly what I said but I am sure it went something like, Why the F@$% is there a cutter in the ashtray? I think Courtney piped up and said, Oh, we find them in there all the time. All the time? What the hell is going on here? Why would someone think the right spot for a cutter they just pulled out of a box containing cutter and lighters was in the dirty F@%^&*&* ashtray? What is wrong with people? Who is doing this? I want to know. If you are doing this on purpose to torture me, stop. You know how fragile I can be! So over the last several years, I have been trying to catch someone using a cutter and putting it in the astray. No luck. Mind you, we still find them in the ashtrays all the time. I refuse to use the cameras to find out who was the person who put it there. That would be too easy. I want to catch them in the act and teach them a lesson. You know, like you do with your dog when he chews on a shoe. You have to catch them in the act to have maximum humiliation and so they know what they did wrong. I am looking to have a teachable moment! So as of now, I have yet to catch anyone doing it but we find a cutter in the ashtrays at least 3 times a week. Who are you? Why do you do it? Are you lazy or just an idiot? I would love to hear from anyone who has had similar situations or knows who the perp is?

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