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Valentine's Day Cigars

By January 29, 2009

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I always recommend his and her Romeo y Julieta cigars for Valentine's Day, and February 14, 2009, will be no exception. However, Rich Perleman, who authors an annual Cyclopedia of Cigars, has a few other cigar ideas for ladies who are looking for special Valentine's Day gifts for their special men:

  • A cigar named after Shakespeare’s famous lovers … Romeo y Julieta 1875 Deluxe No. 2
    What would a Valentine’s Day selection be without the brand named for Shakespeare’s famous lovers? Romeo y Julieta 1875 Deluxe No. 2. There are more than two dozen sizes of Romeos to choose from, but these 6-inch by 50-ring Dominican-made beauties are offered in elegant glass tubes that show off their perfect construction and gorgeous Ecuadorian-grown wrapper. The price is lovely, too: 10 cigars for just $57.50 plus local sales and tobacco taxes!


  • A cigar for the “Head of the Family” … C.A.O. "The Sopranos" Sampler
    For those who appreciate their "head of the family," try this four-cigar sampler of C.A.O.’s "The Sopranos" line, imported from Honduras. These are rich and powerful cigars offered in four shapes, known the Associate, Boss, Soldier and, of course, the Tony Soprano Signature model. About $58.00 plus local sales and tobacco taxes at better cigar shops nationwide.


  • The man’s equivalent of a Valentine diamond … Diamond Crown Maximus No. 5
    For those who think diamonds are a girl’s best friend, this is the male counterpart. Made at the famous Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic, these are full-bodied but never harsh cigars of five inches and 50 ring gauge. They come in elegant, saddle-shaped chests of 20 for $179.99 plus local taxes, but give this only on the condition you get the box after he’s done with the cigars!


  • A great cigar in a beautiful package… Gurkha Black Dragon Churchill
    The original edition of this line came in a camel’s bone chest and cost $115,000! These are 7-inch by 56-ring cigars made in Honduras, exquisitely constructed and full of flavor, but are more accessible at $254.00 per box of 20. Oh, yes, and be sure you get to keep the jet-black, lacquered box complete with piano hinges for your nightstand.


  • A Valentine’s treasure … La Aurora Preferidos Treasure Sampler
    One of our favorite samplers, this is a true treasure from the Dominican Republic in which five different blends of the 5-inch by 54-ring La Aurora Preferidos perfecto (a cigar which comes to a point at both ends) are offered in five different colors of aluminum tubes: Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, Silver and Platinum in a handsome, brooch-closure case. It retails for $67.99 plus local taxes.
Any of these will make great gifts for the man who appreciates great cigars . . . and the woman who appreciates her man. You can find much more about cigars, including daily news updates, a Cigar Primer and hundreds of cigar reviews at CigarCyclopedia.com.

Valentine's Day News from Altadis

On Thursday, February 12th, with a promotion entitled “The Great Love Affair,” Cousins Cigars Inc. in New Rochelle will celebrate Valentine’s Day with special deals on Romeo y Julieta, the brand that has enjoyed a love affair with cigar connoisseurs since 1875. During event hours, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, customers will receive a free Romeo y Julieta with the purchase of any three cigars made by Altadis U.S.A.

Cousins Cigars Inc. is located at 245 Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Phone: (914) 632-4427.

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