Smoking a cigar means a lot to a man. It’s something you do when you celebrate good times; like the birth of a child, a job promotion, or just hanging out with friends. Cigars are products of the earth and are meant to be enjoyed like fine wines, scotches, and beers.
Cigars remind us of the nostalgia of the Old World when men were men and the frontier was West. Even our presidents smoked great cigars. Men like “Ruff Rider” Theodore Roosevelt who was the definition of a man– a war hero and a hunter that became president. Our founding fathers also enjoyed cigars and several of them even owned tobacco plantations. The explorers of the New World, that introduced tobacco to Europe, were men that fought the sea and the lands of the West.
Throughout history men have had a special connection to cigars. From Cuba, tobacco flowed to Europe like wine flows from France. Cuba and cigars go together like men and testicles–you can’t have one without the other. The ships that traveled from Cuba to Spain with Columbus had two forms of gold treasures–the gold taken from the new land and the golden leaf that was to grow in demand all over Europe.
When smoking became a big thing in Europe, the tobacco was then shipped to Spain. The cigar as we know it today was created in Seville, Spain, where cigar rolling was invented. Cuba was allowed, by King Ferdinand VII, to make cigars and export them. This was the start of the cigar making in Cuba.
Partigas was a cigar firm in Cuba founded by Jaime Partigas in 1897. Partigas became the maker of Montecristos Cigars, one of the best cigars out there, and became nationalized by Cuba after Fidel Castro overthrew the government. After the U.S. placed an embargo on Cuba in 1963, Cuban cigars became illegal in the Untied States. The Cuban cigars are so good that the president that signed the embargo, John F. Kennedy, bought many Petit Upmanns cigars for his personal use the night before the embargo. Since then, many families that owned and operated cigar operations in Cuba fled to other countries and continued the tradition of cigar making. They went to countries with similar weather where the tobacco leaf could grow.
Gentlemen enjoy a fine hand-rolled cigar fine wine or scotches. Feel the success of who you are–be a man. We have gone away from everything manly because we are too health conscious. We are too sensitive, we are domesticated. Gentlemen, this should be your time to be man away from your girlfriend, wife, and family. Men need time to be manly away from the politically correct times we live in now.
It’s OK to enjoy a cigar once in a while. It’s OK to slowly watch the smoke leave your mouth, casually filling the room with the cigar fragrance. It’s okay to see the cigar burn down in your hand as it has for many great men. Enjoy the taste and fragrance of the cigar while watching a game on TV, after working on your car, while grilling meat, or with friends playing poker.
Cigars and men go together like everything that is manly: cars, women, politics, competition, scotch etc. A cigar is the triumph of man over anything. If it’s been a particularly good year for you, smoke a good cigar. Did you just graduate from college? Smoke a cigar. Got a promotion? Smoke a cigar. Did you just rebuild a Chevy Camaro? Smoke a cigar. Bought your first home? Smoke a cigar.
Open up the box that looks like a gift from King Ferdinand VII himself, sealed for your enjoyment. Sealed like they were in that box since the 1800′s. Awaken the man that you are with the fragrance of a fine cigar. Taste the success of your life with a fine cigar. Enjoy the finer things in life–even if it’s just once in a while. Live life as a man, a John Dapper man.