Billfold in a Box

Billfold in a Box

Billfold in a Box

I received the Billfold in a Box from Groovy Guy Gifts and I was very surprised how well made the wallet was and immediately emptied my existing wallet and tried it out. Everything fit perfectly with plenty of room for more. It is comparable to wallets that are much more expensive. It has a good arrangement of slots for plastic cards, and picture IDs.

The leather construction provides me good protection against bending the above cards. This one is recommended. Design, leather, construction are all right on the mark. I am quite pleased with it.

Regarding the wooden box that it came in I was also impressed as it was a work of art as well. Had my name engraved and it was obviously done by a professional. That I will keep my wallet in by my bedside as it looks that great.

Cigars and Tobacco in History

Have you ever wondered where cigars were first produced?  It is widely believed that cigars were first produced in Spain.  But before cigars became all the rage in Europe, tobacco was needed to make them.

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Hostory of Cigars

The origins of cigar smoking are still unknown. A Guatamalan ceramic pot dating back to the tenth century features a Mayan smoking tobacco leaves tied together with a string. Sikar, the Maya term for smoking, may have inspired the name cigar.

But before cigars became all the rage in Europe, tobacco was needed to make them.  Tobacco is indigenous to the Americas, where native peoples have produced it for hundreds of years.  It is believed that the Maya of Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and parts of Central America cultivated tobacco, and even smoked it!  Tobacco use spread to other tribes, both north and south.  It is believed that its first use in the United States was probably among the tribe along the Mississippi.  It wasn’t until Christopher Columbus sailed his famous voyage to the Americas in 1492 that the rest of the world came to know tobacco.

It is said that Columbus was not impressed by tobacco or its use among native peoples, but many sailors grew found of the strange plant. Soon it quickly caught on in Spain and Portugal.  From there, it spread to France, where the French ambassador Jean Nicot lent his name to the scientific name for tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). The origins of the word tobacco itself are still suspect, although many believe it is simply a corruption of the word Tobago, which is the name of a Caribbean island.  Still others believe it comes from the word Tabasco, a region (and now state) in Mexico. The first tobacco plantation in the United States was established in Virginia in 1612.  More tobacco plantations followed in Maryland soon after.  Although tobacco became a popular crop, it was only smoked in pipes.

The cigar was not introduced to the United States until the late 18th century.  Israel Putnam, an army general who had served in the Revolutionary War, is credited with introducing the cigar to the United States.  He had traveled to Cuba after the Revolutionary War and returned with a box of Cuban cigars.  Their popularity quickly spread, and soon enough cigar factories were established in the area of Harford, Connecticut, where General Putnam resided.  In Europe, cigar production and consumption did not achieve widespread popularity until after the Peninsula War in the early 19th century.  British and French veterans returned to their homelands after years of serving in Spain with their tobacco pipes in tow.  Among the rich and fashionableHealth Fitness Articles, the favored method of taking tobacco was the cigar.  Cigar smoking remains a habit associated with the rich and discriminating of upper society.

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Arturo Fuente Cigars

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Arturo Fuente Cigars

 

The Cigar World

Excerpt from the book by Cosima Aichholzer

Carlos was just seven years old when he secretly stole a Breva from his father, Arturo Fuente. Company founder Arturo, a Cuban exile, rolled cigars in his house using tobacco imported from Cuba until the trade embargo. His son Carlos transferred the production plant to Nicaragua until the Sandinista Revolution. Carlos Fuente fled the country for his safety, losing absolutely everything he had invested in Nicaragua. The family started again in 1980 in the Dominican Republic – this time successfully. Today, cigars from Chateau de la Fuente have acquired cult status, and Carlos Jr “Carlito” is President of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cía and is one of the best-known and most respected representatives in the industry. He is never seen without his hallmark cigar and hat. In Carlos Fuente Jr’s words, “You must run the cigar business with your heart, not with a pencil and paper. You have to have a lot of passion.”

It is with this approach that the Fuente family has achieved globally recognized cigar perfection. The family’s heart is also in the right place: they established a charity located on Chateau de la Fuente, called the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. The Fuente Fuente Opus X is one of the most famous Tubos in the world, followed by the Chateau Fuente series and the Arturo Fuente Hemingway series. They are all of high quality and have distinct characteristics. In 1995, Forbes magazine wrote: “The Fuentes produce cigars in the Dominican Republic that Castro himself would envy.”

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The Cigar World Book

 

Luxury, exclusivity, status―for centuries, the cigar has been a symbol for the special and extraordinary. Cigar smoking, which began over 2,000 years ago with the Maya, is experiencing a huge renaissance today. The cigar is a recreational luxury item in high demand, a combination of craftsmanship and tradition with a cult following that is hard to top. Connoisseur and cigar expert Cosima Aichholzer is one of the world’s leading authorities on cigars. There isn’t a cigar lounge in the world she hasn’t travelled to, or a brand that she hasn’t personally tested. In this standard reference work for all cigar experts and fans, the sophisticated Austrian provides authoritative answers to questions about the cigar’s history, production process, where tobacco for cigars is grown, how to buy and store cigars, and much more. Let us take you on an exciting and fascinating journey into the world of cigars. Learn more about the countries they come from, the raw materials that go into them, the craftsmanship involved in making them, and the world’s most beautiful cigar lounges, all shown in captivating pictures. Take a look at exclusive accessories, custom-made humidors, luxurious lighters, and many other items. So sit back, light up a cigar with celebrity fellow smokers, and peruse entertaining interviews that include tidbits like the cigar that Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unforgettable.

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Celebrity Cigar Smokers

Groucho Marks Cigars

We all remember the images of celebrities from back in the day who were avid cigar smokers, George Burns, Groucho Marks and even more recently Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson.  But are cigars still hot with the stars of today?  The Cigar Store has put together our take on the Top 10 Celebrity cigar smokers of today and we think you’ll be surprised by some of the familiar faces we found. Needless to say, love of the leaf is as hot as ever:

 

Rihanna

The Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, in the heart of cigar heaven.   Rihanna has been known to kick back while enjoying a great cigar and even shared her passion with Shakira in the music video “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” Rihanna has been spotted enjoying various cigars, from smaller Arturo Fuente Exquisito to the larger Cohiba Corona Minor.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum is a German-American supermodel, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, and occasional actress. She also is a cigar lover….who knew! Heidi can be seen strolling the streets with her favorite Partagas 1845 Robusto in hand.

Jennifer Lopez aka JLo

Jennifer Lopez aka JLo

Known all of the world for her hit movies, hit songs and hip attitude, JLo lights up our Top 10 List (pun intended) as only she can.  JLo’s smoke of choice, why of course – Padron

Sean Combs – P Diddy

Sean Combs – P Diddy

Combs tries to take time out each week to let go of business and just relax with his kids: “That was one of the things I hoped for when I moved to L.A.: that we were all together out here,” he says. “It helped me get my priorities in order and focus on quality time with them.”

Sundays are also his time for slowing down with a great cigar. Every Sunday he takes what he refers to as “me time,” usually with a Cohiba, occasionally with a Montecristo. And sometimes he enjoys cigars during the week as well.

“That’s the definition of a cigar for me: when you’re comfortable, and don’t want to feel stress,” he says. “It calms the mind. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past few years. I do my best to make sure I take that time.”

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

Demi Moore? The sexy, glamorous, provocative, cigar smoking film star, the highest-paid actress in movie history has adorned movie screens and magazine covers, gossip columns and celebrity TV shows, for more than a decade….and her smoke of choice: Montecristo No. 2 Torpedo

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Actress, singer, and fashion designer. Vanessa Williams initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title.  Even if later she resigned as Miss America, beauty and talent gave her a second opportunity as a singer and as an actress on important Hollywood productions as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food, Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, and Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives). Vanessa Williams has been photographed enjoying her favorite Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto on many occasions around Hollywood.

Usher

Usher

So when he relaxes with a cigar, his voice is always a consideration: “I don’t smoke when I’m on tour,” he says. “If I have a few days off, I might. I tend to celebrate with a cigar at the end of a tour.”

Usher is enjoys a Cohiba Corona, the variety made in the Dominican Republic. “I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. There’s nothing better than to open the doors, feel the summer breeze and have a nice cigar. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution.

“I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution. I’m too young to consider myself a connoisseur. I just enjoy smoking cigars. And I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.”

Kid Rock

Kid Rock

The singer that transcends the gap between country and rock is the bad boy that everybody loves. Despite partying too hard and never being seen without his Stetson – and usually leather trousers too – Kid Rock has a class and style which is hard to match. However, although he’s not averse to a few drinks here and there, one of his biggest loves is his cigar.

Kid Rock was recently asked: “You’re well-known as a man who loves a good cigar. What’s your favorite brand”?

Kid Rock:  Arturo Fuente Short Stories — the Hemingways. That’s all I smoke. I’d appreciate it if you would be so kind as to tell people I very much appreciate the cigars they bring me all the time, but most of those go to my father. I only smoke the Short Stories. I appreciate the gesture very much, and I always accept them, but I do not smoke anything but the Fuente Short Stories.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Actor and rapper Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. With fellow rappers Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, he rocketed to fame in the late 1980s as a member of the hard-hitting gangsta rap group, N.W.A. After breaking off on his own in ’89, Cube has put together a successful recording and acting career, having appeared in the films Friday (1995), Barbershop (2002) and 21 Jump Street (2012).  Our favorite actor/rapper is often seen around town enjoying a Punch Magnum Double Maduro

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

The King of hip-hop is an avid cigar fan. He has been interviewed in Cigar Aficionado and appeared on its cover.  He is a huge fan of Ramon Allones and Montecristo.  Jay-Z loves cigars so much he went out and developed his own line.  Working with General Cigar, Jay produced the new Cohiba Commodore, a rich tasty medium to full bodied smoke.  Good luck finding them as they are a rare bird for sure!

The celebrities we’ve highlighted are just a tiny cross-section of those who are regularly seen out and about enjoying a cigar.  Cigar smoking is gaining in popularity as a way to relax and treat yourself to a quiet, private celebration on a job well done.