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“If I cannot smoke in heaven, then I shall not go,” Mark Twain declared. Though the boom was partly lit by the cigar’s affordability, they soon become a must-have accessory for debonair gentlemen — men like King Edward VII famously announced a break with the smoke-free policies of his mother Queen Victoria by uttering the words: “Gentlemen, you may smoke.” And Freud was a chimney: Patients on his couch had to endure not only running commentary about their suppressed Oedipal complexes but the acrid stench from his 20-a-day cigar habit (which ultimately killed him too).
Despite the obvious health risks, cigars remain a fixture of pop culture. An episode of Seinfeld centered on a box of Cubans, while the stogie’s famous champions include Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh and Lil’ Wayne. Politicians dabble too — Arnold Schwarzenegger is a noted fan — although puffing on a Cuban can leave an eggy residue on a pol’s face.
Cigar aficionados will have a wide range of cigars to choose from. Our humidor offers one of the biggest selection on the island with over 60 different cigars ranging from Cubans over Dominicans to Honduran fine quality cigars, well stored and taken care of.