Monthly Staff Picks



For generations the Plasencia family have been growing tobacco in Nicaragua and Honduras. They bring to their production an ethic based on the family’s commitment to making a great cigar. I tried my first about 5 years ago and they became a personal favorite. Fortunately, they have decided to make their cigars available in compliant packaging.

Our current selection includes the:

Plasencia Alma del Campo Travesia Toro Extra

Plasencia Reserva Original Toro

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V Salomon

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Sixto II Hexagono

These are medium plus in body and are a better choice for someone who has some experience smoking cigars. Full of flavour, they go very well with a sipping rum or a nicely aged single malt.

For pipe smokers, you have a little over a month to try this year’s L.E.Festival Blend 2022 – a perfect blend for warmer weather!

Smoke and Enjoy!


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Still reminiscing about some of my favourite blends of yore, I was quite pleased to see that we have some of the Vincenzo tinned pipe tobaccos in stock. In particular, the Vincenzo Killarney. Rich sweetness & caramel emanate from the tin, and this flavour also comes through while smoking the blend while not being cloyingly sweet. This has a wonderful room aroma and the price is unbeatable.

I’m also quite happy we have a new addition to our selection of Azan cigars in the Azan Blue Toro Deluxe. This cigar has a great flavour without being strong thanks in part to the Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper. It has a wonderful smoothness & sweetness along with a delectable silky finish.


It may seem strange to recommend a pipe tobacco named October Twilight in August, but that’s exactly what Stephen would like to do. This smoky, peaty English blend is satisfying to smoke in the backyard or around a campfire.

The Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 is an extraordinarily rich mash-up of some of the world’s finest tobaccos. This includes a top shelf mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers, a plantation grown Brazilian Mata Fina binder for added flavor, and a jet-black Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro Ligero wrapper. Only a small handful of rollers at Drew Estate are certified to roll the Liga Privada series. This is one of Stephen’s favourite non-Cuban cigars.


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

We are now carrying a selection of the Seattle Pipe Club tobaccos which are perfect if you like bold & natural tobacco taste. Even though I don’t normally enjoy a Virginia-forward blend, I am absolutely loving the Deception Pass. It doesn’t have the “bite” that I usually get from such a blend, and has a great flavour and aroma. It is made using a mix of Virginias, Turkish Orientals, Black Cavendish, & Perique. It has complexity & balance, so you should all try some.

For a sweet & creamy toro-sized cigar, you should try the E.P.Carillo New Wave Connecticut Divinos. With notes of caramel, cocoa, raisin sweetness, nuttiness, earth, & some wood, this mild-medium bodied cigar is a real treat!