By Gene Bouchillon
LeRoy Neiman once remarked, “Throughout my life, cigars have played different roles for me. They fit easily and well in the various stages and experiences I have had – like a companion almost.” With golf courses being one of the “last safe havens” for cigar smokers, Mr. Neiman’s comment crystallizes the feelings of many who enjoy a cigar while playing the game they love…..golf!
I am Gene “Bouch” Bouchillon, owner of Bouch’s Premium Cigars, located in historic Fairhope. After eight months of experience in my first retail adventure, I confirm one of the most important demographics for our early success has been that of a golfer who smokes cigars. The bonding with friends through golf often includes the enjoyment by golfers of fine cigars. In this article I will speak to two topics: suggested cigars for the golf course and a featured Gulf Coast-located premium cigar shop for your consideration.
One of the gifts for today’s cigar smokers is the broad and available # of premium cigars from which we can choose our cigar selection. Cigars, like Scotch and whiskey, are one’s personal decision; however, as I have in previous issues of “Tee Time”, I encourage you to consider a lengthy cigar with a larger gauge for the golf course. Benefits of this choice include a cooler smoke, a longer smoke, and one which the smoker has to relight less often than a shorter and smaller cigar.
Nick Perdomo’s company, Tabacalera Perdomo, last fall celebrated 20 years with the release of a new line of cigars, Perdomo’s 20th Anniversary line of cigars. These cigars are Nicaraguan puros with thick ring gauges and bourbon barrel-aged wrappers in two wrapper varieties, Cuban-seed sun grown or Cuban-seed maduro. In “Cigar Aficionado’s” August 2013 issue, this line’s Churchill size was selected as the #2 best Churchill behind a #1 Cuban cigar….which is more difficult to source along our Gulf Coast. This bulky Churchill, 7 X 56, with a beautiful, oily wrapper received a 91- point rating.
My second recommendation is from J.C. Newman Cigar Company, their Brick House Mighty Mighty sun grown or maduro. This Nicaraguan puro, 6.25 inches X 60 gauge, has become one of the favorites of golfers who frequent our shop. This cigar with a dark Brazilian wrapper starts out earthy and crisp and opens with a cool even burn and builds into a well-rounded, smooth taste with hints of oak and chocolaty-coffee goodness. At our store price of $6.00 plus tax for this thick stick, golfers buy them by the handful….or at least four for a foursome! Brick House was a “Cigar Aficionado’s Best 25 Cigars of 2010” with a 92-point rating.
And, the featured Gulf Coast-located cigar shop for this issue is the Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop located at 210 South Palafox Place in Pensacola, phone # 850.429.0078, www.grandreserve.com. The co-owners are Brad Wilson and Bill Green who have owned the shop for over 13 years. Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop has the largest walk-in humidor in Pensacola and has a broad selection of premium cigars as well as boutique cigar brands for you to enjoy. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.
Smoke in peace!
Gene Bouchillon is the owner & purvery of Bouch’s Fine Cigars in beautiful downtown Fairhope, Alabama.