The Art of The Trophy Cigar
How many times over the years have you had someone show you their humidor, and while beaming with pride, point out a few selective beauties? What was the sentence that is usually uttered in conjunction with the great reveal? “I’m saving these for a special occasion.” Or, “you have no idea how hard they were to get.” Now we have all experienced humidor envy at some point or another, and the war to keep up with what the Joneses’ are smoking can be a futile endeavor. That of course doesn’t mean there isn’t a thrill in the chase!
The Hunt Begins
Many of us brim with excitement walking into a cigar store when visiting a new town, hoping to score something rare or hard to find. We’ve all been beguiled as the proprietor deftly pulls back the velvet curtain, or opens up the hidden case to reveal the rare and rarely seen. There is a visceral thrill when out pops an Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF, or a Fuente Don Arturo Anniverxario, both of which are priced reasonably enough (all things considered) to be an instant addition to your humidor for bragging rights.
Taking it to the Next Level
Now if you are more concerned with running up the reward miles on your Platinum card, then perhaps a trip to the auction house is your next haunting grounds. There are numerous online auction sites that have extensive listings covering the entire gamut of prices, but nothing beats the thrill of swaggering into Sotheby’s and examining the Swarovski encrusted King of Denmarks, boxes of Cohiba Behikes, or the stunning Ghurka Black Dragons. Even if you aren’t planning on bidding, just being caught up in the atmosphere is intoxicating- just don’t let it lead to an errant bid!
Fly Me to the Moon
We have heard countless stories about world travelers bringing back boxes of Cubans from duty free shops in foreign airports. We applaud you for having the common sense to patronize legitimate products and avoiding the countless counterfeits that make their way around, or the boxes purchased from some swarthy character in a trench coat in a back ally. And now that it is legal to bring a few boxes back to the United States, there is no reason to try to worry about taking the bands off or disguising them as something else. One lounge regular used to brag how back in the day he would buy a box and quietly put them in his wife’s luggage before they boarded. He felt that he would be the one targeted by customs agents, and she would walk through unscathed and unfazed. No need for Mission Impossible like charades anymore. Carry your trophies proudly (and make sure they are well stored during your travel!)
Smoke ‘Em if you Got ‘Em
We know you are just like us; if you really care about everything involving the cigar life style, you will frequently take a look at your humidor, and hopefully crack a Cheshire grin. Few things can match that first time feeling of picking up that special smoke to commemorate a wedding, promotion, or retirement. Whatever it is, just remember, every day above ground is a “special occasion;” never let your trophies gather dust while waiting for the “perfect day”. And whatever you do, no matter how certain you are, never tell your friend that his treasured trophies are counterfeit Cuban cigars!
photo credit: arturofuente.com