Smoke Rings Cigar Dinner & Event

We’re excited at Smoke Rings Cigar Bar (Video Tour) to host a Dinner & Event on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. These dinners are where many good things come together at the same time – two premium cigars to enjoy, a Cigar Event (with features, deals, raffles & more) and a fantastic buffet dinner from Capriotti’s Catering. Tickets are available at Smoke Rings or any Cigar Box store.

First, we’ll select two premium cigars to introduce from the cigar brands featured at the event. At the upcoming March 1 Dinner, the cigars included with the ticket are an H. Upmann the Banker and a Romeo y Julieta 1875 Tubo.

Second, the dinner is part of a Cigar Event like those the Cigar Box is known for. There will be deals on all H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo  Cigars. Altadis Rep. Tom Stroud will be on hand to talk cigars. He’ll have complimentary sticks that come with qualifying purchases – purchases that also earn raffle entries to win one of two H. Upmann Banker Cigar Humidors.

Third, is a Capriotti’s buffet dinner. Capriotti’s is a full-service caterer located in McAdoo, just outside of Hazleton, known for “Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations.” Their delicious home-cooked food & outstanding service make them the Hazleton area’s premier caterer.

Finally, we know that for many of us, smoking cigars is a hobby too. We like to try new cigars, learn about their origins, and spend time with people who appreciate the same things. We can walk into any cigar bar or shop and strike up a conversation about our experiences.

Smoke Rings is a place where cigar enthusiasts meet other people who share that interest in a unique atmosphere. What can be better than trying new cigars, having a great dinner and talking cigars or watching a game in the company of other cigar lovers?  Smoke Rings is locally/family/Veteran-owned.  There is a full Cigar Menu and Bar Menu with IPAs, Martinis, Wine, Specialty and Seasonal Drinks, Mules and more.  It was built by people who enjoy cigars – for people who enjoy cigars – and a place to smoke them. These dinners will be a key component of the Smoke Rings experience!








Perdomo Factory Tour Overview

If you enjoy a cigar, you know that some of the best come from Nicaragua in Central America. The capital of Nicaragua’s cigar industry is a northern region called Esteli. It is the home of Tabacalera Perdomo which grows its tobacco in the nutritious volcanic soil unique to the valleys of Esteli. The unique soil and climate of this spot on Earth make it ideal for the tobacco with the distinct flavors of these valley areas.

After Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in the 1950s, the tobacco industry was seized by the Communist dictatorship.  As you know, an American trade embargo on Cuba stopped the flow of goods between the United States and the Castro dictatorship.  Many in the tobacco industry fled the island nation, taking their tobacco-growing expertise and seeds with them.  Nicaragua’s warm, predictable weather patterns made it ideal for tobacco growers and resulted in over 50 brands being produced there, some tracing their history to Cuba.

Nick Perdomo Sr. grew up in the toabacco fields of Cuba. Like many, he was a target of the Castro regime, as was his father Silvio who was arrested and cruelly mistreated ( Nick Sr. eventually escaped Castro’s Cuba and fled to freedom in America. His son, Nick Jr. was born in the United States and served in the U.S. Navy, then worked as an Air Traffic Controller. Nick Jr. decided to leave that career and follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a cigar maker. What began as a side-job out of his garage is now a business with over 2000 employees including the massive Tabacalera Perdomo operation in Esteli. As promised at the outset of our tour, “once you see this, smoking a cigar will never be the same again.” And it’s not! Making these cigars – as well as the boxes they come in – is the work of thousands of hands and the vision and planning of artists who organize and execute production that results in some of the finest cigars in the world.

The tour offered an education on Growing (seeds, green-houses, transplanted to fields); Pre-Industry (curing barns, fermentation, selecting, sorting, baling); Production (making the cigars, draw-testing); Box Factory; Aging Rooms; and Packaging.

Over the coming weeks we’ll share some pictures and videos of how much goes into every Perdomo Cigar on the menu at Smoke Rings or in the humidor at the Cigar Box stores! Here’s a quick video overview of the Production Room – notice the size of the operation, the teams of cigar makers, and the level of activity in rolling the filler, binder and wrapper into a finished cigar (