Check out some of our recent events to get a flavor of things!
Jose Blanco Blending Seminar
Thanks to all the eager cigar “students” who came out to the new The Tobacco Company Harrisburg lounge on Thursday, May 14th for learning and fun at our Jose Blanco Blending Seminar. Click here to see the full photo album for the evening.
The legendary Jose Blanco of Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial cigars, former VP of Joya de Nicaragua, and former Sales Director of La Aurora Cigars, led one of his famous blending seminar right here in Central PA at our new shop and lounge in Harrisburg. Mr. Blanco has been a big supporter of The Tobacco Company from the beginning, so it seems quite appropriate that he should lead our inaugural cigar event at our new second location. We all learned so much we felt we earned a diploma: so here’s to Las Cumbres Tabaco – Senorial Cigars Class of 2015!
Seminar participants learned about the process of making cigars, and about the importance of the wrapper to the flavor of a cigar, thanks to a special four-wrapper cigar blended specifically for the seminar. If only every seminar was this much fun, then we’d all have our PhDs!
For those of you who missed the Seminar, but are curious about what it entails, this excellent blog post at the Cigar Fantasia will fill you in.
Meet and Greet with Nicholas Chimienti
Alec Bradley Crazy Box Deal Event
Crazy deals with a bunch of crazy guys. Who could ask for more? Not sure if any of you will win the ?#?ABBoxCrazy? photo contest — we ARE sure were all winners with the crazy one night only Alec Bradley box specials. Thanks to all who came out on April 16th for our event, and thanks as always to the Alec Bradley Player for playing right along. Check out the event album here. Here’s Greg showing of Kevin Spacey-levels of photo bombing prowess. #PatronPhoto with an Alec Bradley Texas Lancero. RT “It’s an @alecbradley day @TobaccoCo. so I’m starting early with a Texas Lancero! Been puffin on this since 9 AM! “Yes, indeed! That cigar is like an all-day gobstopper. He was all set until closing time
Drew Estate Cigar Event
Chris Stone was be on hand with Drew Estate Cigars and signs, hats, and swag galore in our Lemoyne store on Thursday, April 9th from 5 – 9 PM. Thanks all for coming out and making it a great night! Check out the event album here.
Alec Bradley Cigars, Pizza, and Beer April 2nd Pre-Game Party
Some snapshots from our informal Alec Bradley Pizza party on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. John “The Player” Lipson made sure The Dogfish Head Beer was cold, the Zeiderelli’s Pizza was hot, and the free Alec Bradley cigars were premium – in short, a good time was had by all! Check out the whole photo album here.
Ashton Symmetry Launch Event in Lemoyne, PA
Symmetry, in everyday language, refers to a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance. This principle is embodied in the Ashton Symmetry, the first new line under the Ashton front-mark in nearly 8 years. “Ashton Symmetry reveals a beautifully proportioned merger of aged tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Silky Ecuador Habano wrappers unveil an unrivaled harmony of medium to full body, power, and finesse. Crisp notes of spice and oak flourish early on, and praise an irresistible emergent cream. Savory nuances of leather and figs segue into a superb finish. Available in five soft box-pressed sizes, Ashton Symmetry escapes like a great secret and boldly inaugurates the inclusion of Nicaraguan tobacco into the Ashton portfolio.” [Source: Ashton] Central Pennsylvania cigar lovers were among the first to taste the new Asthon Symmetry at our Ashton Symmetry Launch Event on Thursday, November 6 from 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM. Check out our full photo albums for the event on Facebook or Google+ (don’t worry, you don’t need a Facebook account to view the album.) Plus, check out our Snapchat @TobaccoCo for the live pics from the event, like this Ashton Snapchat Video. Keep an eye on Ashton’s social media for the announcement of the results of the exclusive event-only Grand prizes.
30 October – Alec Bradley Cigar Event
We’ve often been told that our huge walk-in humidor in Lemoyne, PA is like acandy store for grown-ups. Well… on Thursday, October 30th from 5:00 -9:00 PM. Jonathan “The Player” Lipson joined us for some adults-only trick-or-treating! He brought the cigar box specials, deals, give-aways, and raffle items to fill all our Halloween loot bags to the brim. We have a huge selection of premium Alec Bradley Cigars to choose from: the Coyol, Alec Bradley New York, Black Market, Family Blend, The Lineage, Maxx, The Mundial, Raices Cubana, Tempus, Tempus Maduro, The Texas Lancero, Vice Press, Presando, and the new 2014 edition of the Fine & Rare. And that is just the beginning – every cigar aficionado found their perfect treat. Thanks to everyone who put on their best cigar fiend costumes and joined in on the fun. Check out the event’s photo album here.
Savings, Swag, and Sindicato
On Thursday, October 23rd in Lemoyne, we had the opportunity to personally introduce the flagship brand from one of our newest premium cigar lines, the Sindicato to local cigar lovers. Sindicato Cigars is a young brand backed by years of combined experience from fine tobacconists across America, including The Tobacco Company. One of the most gratifying parts of our job is putting just the right cigar in the hands of a cigar aficionado who will truly appreciate it. Thanks to all for coming out and enjoying the line with us — along with the great swag (T-shirts, hats, and torch lighters with purchase!) and refreshments. Check out our photo album of the event here, (or on Google+ here.)
Harrisburg Cigar Club Membership Drive
The Harrisburg Cigar Club – Harrisburg’s one and only roaming cigar club – hosted a membership drive at our Hershey location on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. We offered super cigar specials and swag all day to roll out the welcome wagon. The HCC made sure pizza and libations flowed as freely as the conversation over fine cigars. Thanks for bringing the party guys! All of you who missed the event: dry your tears. Yes, you missed out on the fun, but the HCC has a great website where you can sign up right online at http://harrisburgcigarclub.org/event/membership-drive/. Relive the event itself via our photo album here. And if you hurry, you can mark your calendars and get a second chance on the great Savings, Swag, and Sindicato deals at our Lemoyne event here. For some of you it was your first time coming to our Hershey lounge, and our pal Google got you a bit turned around. When you send your friends, give them this link to our Super-Duper Parking here. (Be forewarned: our lounge is peaceful, but in our parking lot you can sometimes hear the screams from the Super-Dooper-Looper from our parking lot. It’s a fun touch — but a little surprising to first-timers!)
** Welcome Willy Herrera and the new Norteño to Central PA! **
On September 25th we had the pleasure philosophy behind Drew Estate’s Herrera Esteli Cigars straight from Willy Herrera himself at our Lemoyne, PA humidor. The Herrera Esteli is a Cuban-esque cigar, “a medium plus blend that is exceptionally creamy with great balance of spice and sweet.” The newest addition to the Drew Estate Cigars Herrera Esteli line, The Norteño by Willy Herrera, showcases “extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper.” Thanks for coming out guys. The Norteño is a fantastic smoke, but it’s the people that make the party, and so our thanks go out to all of you for making it happen. Check out the photo album here. Cigars at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, September 20, 2014 1-4PM: We enjoyed perfect crisp September weather for our second Cigar, Beer, and Wine Event at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, perfect for an autumnal selection of libations:
- - American Special Bitter (ASB)
- - Flash Gourd’n – Pumpkin-spiced Oktoberfest ale
- - MILF Chocolate Brown Ale
- - Firefly (a dry red wine)
- - Merlot (a full bodied red)
- - Cocoa di Vezzetti (a port style dessert wine)
#SmokeLFD with @LFDKyle Sept. 18th
Kyle Shackelton offered deals and prizes at The Tobacco Company on Thursday, September 18 2014. Check out the full photo album here. Want to study up on the schooling you missed? Read the all the great Cigar Aficionado reviews of La Flor Dominicana for yourself here!
That Cigar is $o Money!
Tom Stroud joined the Tobacco Company crew on Thursday, September 11th** from 5 – 8 PM with deals on The Banker. Scratch-off tickets from “The Vault” meant that everyone who played was a winner of some rich Banker swag. And of course, you couldn’t lose with The Banker cigar — right on the money with great flavor and a perfect draw. If you missed the event, check out The Cigar Obsession’s video review of H. Upmann’s The Banker Annuity vitola on YouTube here and then come in and try one for yourself. The Tobacco Company will be getting a special collectors-edition humidor of these — a perfect gift for a cigar aficionado who is a financial professional. ** Yes, we know the date was a tough one — be we weren’t letting the terrorists win.
Cigars were perfectly paired with a Beer and Wine Flight at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, Saturday, July 19, 2014, starting at 5:00 PM:
- Cabernet Franc
- American Special Bitter
- Chocolate Brown Ale
- Chocolate Port
- Blackberry Port
Cigars Under the Stars
- This summer’s first “Cigars under the Stars” at Flinchy’s on June 16th was a blast. (US winning against Ghana at the World Cup was a bonus!) Keep an eye out and we’ll be announcing the next dinner.
- Thanks to all who came out for #NationalSindicatoDay with great deals on Sindicato Cigars on June 14th! If you missed the day, you still have a chance to #JoinTheUnion and get the inside scoop on future deals; just ask to fill out a Union Card at the counter while supplies last.
- Check out the photos from our May 22 2014 My Father Cigars Event on THE TOBACCO COMPANY’s public Facebook page. Thanks to all who braved the hailstorm and came out. Our patrons aren’t wimps!
- While you are walking down memory lane, you might want to check out our February 27th 2014 “Say ‘Hello’ to Romeo Promo” Event Album as well.
- Cabernet Franc
- American Special Bitter
- Chocolate Brown Ale
- Chocolate Port
- Blackberry Port
Our cigar experts at The Tobacco Company Hershey had a suggested list of premium cigars to pair with each selection.