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Cigar Tip: Check Out Tampa Fuego Exotic Cigar Cases

19 Sep 2013

I’ve never been the type to own fancy cigar accessories. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them, it’s just that I’d rather spend my cigar budget on cigars than fancy humidors and lighters. That’s why I have two coolidors that functionally hold most of my cigars at a perfect humidity, and why my most used lighter is a three-dollar Ronson Jetlite.

Tampa FuegoSo when Tampa Fuego asked me if I’d like to try out their cigar cases, I wasn’t sure I was the right person. The various cases I normally use (a five-count travel case, an aluminum 20-count case, a three-finger leather case) have all been throw-ins for cigars I’ve bought or events I’ve attended. Still, I agreed and have been using the cigar cases they provided (one made from Stingray skin, another in a tan “natural” smooth leather) for the past month.

Tampa Fuego makes their cases in America from a variety of exotic skins and leathers. They are handcrafted at their Largo, Florida, factory. In addition to their cigar cases, Tampa Fuego makes cases designed to fit Xikar cutters and a standard torch lighter. They are all sold individually or as a matching trio.

The quality of the products is obvious. They have a heft that is more significant than leather cigar cases I’ve owned, and the detail of the stitching suggests they would outlast any particular owner.

From a functional standpoint, I appreciate the large size of these cases. They can easily protect three double corona size cigars. I even put an “A” size cigar in one and it had ample protection. Other similar two-part leather cases I’ve had fail to hold a cigar much larger than a toro.

The prices of these make it clear these are luxury items. The stingray case sells for $350, while the leather cases go for $45. But that’s sort of the point: There are cheaper ways to protect and carry around your cigars, but these are eye-catching, luxury accessories.

They come in such exotic options as crocodile, alligator, python, lizard, beaver tail, and stingray, and they’re designed to turn heads. I certainly got more than a few comments and compliments about my cases over the past month, especially the black stingray case. Which is why I think they’d make particularly excellent gifts.

If you’re in the market for a luxury cigar gift, or something special for yourself, check out all of Tampa Fuego’s offerings here. Tampa Fuego has also offered readers 20% off through the end of October by using the code “STOGIE” at checkout.

In addition, make sure you’re signed up for our free email newsletter to be entered to win one of the cases I received from Tampa Fuego to write this review.

Patrick S

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2 Responses to “Cigar Tip: Check Out Tampa Fuego Exotic Cigar Cases”

  1. Andy Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I have a two-finger case made from alligator that I received as a gift about 10 years ago. I cherish it. I do not believe it is a Tampa Fuego product. My complaint has always been, however, that the case can't comfortably hold anything more than two toros. Churchills are out of the question, and lanceros don't really work either.

    • Patrick Semmens Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      These are designed to hold three cigars. For a really large RG cigar 56 and bigger, you probably could only go 2. (Although actually for a lancero you might fit 4.) Because of the height, it could fit three A size cigars, Churchills, Toros, Double Coronas, etc…