Top Cigar Time-Travel Destinations
We have all thought about it before: if you could travel back in time, where would you go and what would you do? Well as you are planning your time-travel itinerary, why not stop at a few destinations to light up some tasty cigars or witness first-hand some of the events that shaped the cigar world as we know it.
Obviously time-travel is not possible (yet…), but if it were, there are a few eras in history we wouldn’t mind paying a visit to kick back and enjoy a cigar or three…
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious s#*t.” Doc Brown, Back to the Future
1492: Our first stop would bring us to the year Columbus “discovered” the Americas and with it indigenous tobacco. After seeing the local natives smoking tobacco in cylindrical bundles of twisted tobacco leaves wrapped in dried palm or corn husks, he packed it up and headed back to the Old World, where the Spaniards perfected the methods of making cigars and pipes. We wouldn’t mind smoking one of these primitive cigars with Columbus.
1859: We would love to see Cuba during the “Golden Era” of cigars. Feel the rich culture, hear the music, see the dancing and most of all smoke the fine cigars. We would watch the cigar-rollers (or Torcedores) roll premium, handmade cigars using the traditional methods that would be passed down and carried on for generations.
1862: Our next stop would be the Civil War, just to meet the hero of the Civil War that saved the Union, General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant is a well-known cigar aficionado and it is rumored that he smoked up to 20 cigars a day. The eighteenth president is almost always photographed, sketched, or caricatured with a stogie in his mouth. It would be a dream come true to enjoy a fine smoke and hear the general’s tales of war and triumph against the Confederates. (We would also ask him about the alleged “exploding cigar” rumor, to clear it up once and for all.)
1961: We would definitely make a stop pre- Cuban Trade Embargo to stock up on as many fine Cuban cigars as possible. We would smoke a Petit Upmann with John F. Kennedy and find out whether he really planned to have his press secretary obtain 1,200 of his favorite Cuban cigars before they were made illegal.
The Future: There have never been as many good, premium cigars in such wide availability as the present, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
If you had Doc Brown’s DeLorean for one day, where would you go? Who would you smoke a cigar with?