Monthly Staff Picks



Brigham’s 2020 Pipe of the Year is finally in and boy is this one a beauty. Made in the classic Lowlander shape that became very popular in the early 2000’s, this pipe has an amazing celtic-knotted band with the Brigham “B” all done in pewter. It also comes with a Scottish bag-piper pewter tamper designed and made by the same artisan that made the band. These are already proving to be a hit (we only have half of our initial order left available), so get one of the 120 made while you can!

The Montecristo No.2 is one of Chris’s all-time favourite Cuban cigars. This is one of the prototypical Piramides that every Cuban cigar lover should try at least once in their life. The rich & powerful flavour of the Cuban tobacco in this cigar would be perfect for any occasion to remind oneself of what being in warmer climates should be like. There’s a reason this was the #1 cigar on Cigar Aficionados list for 2013!


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I really wanted to celebrate the blessings that 2020 had brought, so I decided to do so with a Ramon Allones Edicion Regional Canada Gordito de Allones. This 2010 Regional Edition cigar has aged amazingly well and these cigars are fully in their prime. There aren’t too many of these left anywhere and their price is still quite reasonable, so you should try one while you have the opportunity.

Over the last few years I have really fallen in love with Chacom pipes. I have several different of their lines & shapes, and each one of them smokes both smooth & dry while feeling nice in the hand. The artisans that make these pipes take great care to pay attention to briar, allowing the grain to shine. Every pipe smoker should have at least one of these in their rotation!



I recently had the chance to sit down and have a cigar with a close friend of mine on Video Chat. We both had a Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Pyramid and they proved to be a big hit. Meticulously rolled in small batches by the masters at Tabacalera A. Fuente to celebrate the 135th birthday of the patriarch of J.C. Newman cigars and the 115th Anniversary of the company (both in 2010), these cigars have a bold, rich, & very distinctive flavour that will please any connoisseur.

I’ve also been on a bit of a licorice kick as of late, and currently Longbottom Leaf is scratching that itch for me. With a flavour that is very much akin to that of licorice root as opposed to a classic black licorice, this embraces the nice sweetness of it while allowing some earthy and grassy notes to shine through!


Happy New Year everyone!

For the pipe smokers, you should try, or more likely revisit, Domino. This Cavendish is rich & full bodied, not too sweet, & has just a hint of dried fruit to round out the finish. It’s a true classic!

Anyone who enjoys rolling tobacco should try our F.C.G.V. if you haven’t already. This tobacco is just that (it was formerly known as Fine Cut Golden Virginia) and it smokes smooth with a nice mild body to it. You can even try rolling one up using one of our Hand Rolling Machines. These make it easy to customize your filter size & style as well as your choice of SW or 1 1/4 paper. Made from a hemp-based plastic, they last a long time and even come with a replacement apron.