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Cigar Tip: Have a Happy Thanksgiving… with Cigars

26 Nov 2014

With football on the TV, turkey in your stomach, and family gathered, Thanksgiving is a great day to enjoy a fine cigar (or several). So, as we have for the previous seven years, today the team tells you what cigars we’ll be firing up after our big meals.

Patrick A: This year I was lucky enough to purchase a box of the new Tatuaje Monster Series, The Jekyll. As tempting (and trendy) as it would be to name that cigar my go-to stick for Thanksgiving, I’ve decided on a smoke that’s much less rare: the Joya Red Robusto. In addition to loving this blend since it was released earlier this year, I think its medium-bodied, balanced profile of citrus, dry cedar spice, roasted nuts, black pepper, and toasty notes will pair well with a warm up of coffee after a huge meal. And given its availability and modest price point, I won’t have any misgivings about sharing the same cigar with interested family and friends.

Patrick S: Family, friends, football, good food, fine drink… They all call for a fine cigar. This year I’ve decided to select one of the Verocu cigars from the 2014 Tatuaje Saints & Sinners smoke kit (I’m leaning towards the robusto size). I’ve tried both of the two Verocu sizes from this year’s kit, and they are both outstanding (reminiscent of the excellent East and West versions). They feature all the chocolate, earth, and wood of the regular Havana VI line, but with a delicious added kick of spice and complexity. It should be just right with a coffee or a whiskey (or both) after dessert.

George E: Thanksgiving will be, for me, a rare two-cigar day. Rather than dine at home, we’ll eat at one of the local Greek restaurants. So, I plan to step up and celebrate before and after. For the first cigar, it’ll be a Davidoff Colorado Claro Short Perfecto, a great little smoke. That evening, I plan to light up an Opus X, though I don’t know which one. My local shop has a good selection, and I’ll make my choice in the humidor.

Joey J: I’ve really been debating what I should smoke after Thanksgiving dinner. Of course I’ll be watching the Cowboys-Eagles game, and I’ll probably be (at least) a few glasses of wine/bourbon in at that point, so whatever cigar I choose won’t have my complete attention. I was thinking of smoking a Lost City Lancero by Arturo Fuente just because I really enjoy a full-bodied smoke after a large meal. But I think I’m going to play it safe, and stick with the Tatuaje Black Corona Gorda. Since I reviewed this cigar, I’ve smoked my way through a jar—and then some. Over 20 cigars in, and I still haven’t been disappointed in the least.

Previous cigars the team designated as Thanksgiving smokes include:


Not a bad list, eh? If you’re so inclined, feel free to let us know what you’ll be smoking tomorrow in the comments below. And be sure to have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving.

The Stogie Guys

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4 Responses to “Cigar Tip: Have a Happy Thanksgiving… with Cigars”

  1. Archie Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Not surprising to see Tatuaje so well-represented.

    Patrick S: I've heard this year's SnS smoke kit was amazing. Do you have more details on what was included in the kit? And do you know if it's too late to sign up?

  2. JT Wop Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Great post!

    My choices today:

    For breakfast a Diesel Shorty

    After the big meal, a Savinelli 20th Anniversary Toro

  3. Arless Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Enjoyed hearing about each of your selections. Patrick A., I did smoke a Jekyll on turkey day. = ) Love that cigar!! Agree with your observations on the Verocu Patrick S. Archie: yes it is too late to sign up. But look out for next year's sign up window. Happy Holidays All!!

    • Patrick Ashby Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      I actually also smoked The Jekyll as well as a Joya Red. Couldn't help myself…