Products & Services
Since 1996, premium hand rolled cigars have represented the core of what you will find in Cigar Studio. Major brands from the world’s best cigar producing countries – Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, are all represented. Nicaragua is getting more and more shelf space in our humidor as it is quickly becoming the new tobacco capital of Central America. The amount and quality of new hybrid variations of leaf growing there is ridiculous, especially when you think that less than 20 years ago the country was just pulling itself out of years of civil war. I digress. So whether it is something new from Nicaragua, the new Edicion Limitada’s from Cuba, Cigar Aficionado’s Cigars of the Year – we have many of them – or boutique brands from small producers, Cigar Studio staff will help you with your selection to insure the cigar you choose is right for the occasion.
Cigar Studio house and private label cigars represent some of the best value in the cigar market today. Priced from $8 – $12, these cigars hit the sweet selling spot and make the perfect smoke when you need products for large events, golf tournaments, and customer appreciation.
FAQ – “I’m new to cigars and am just starting to smoke. Where do I start?” Our recommendation is to start small, milder and less expensive. The best way to get turned off the pleasure that cigars bring, is to get nauseous on a cigar that is too long for the smoking situation, too strong for an un acquired taste and too expensive such that expectation are not met. You can always move up the length, strength and price ladder as you develop your own taste and price preferences.
Specialty Tobacco Accessories
There is a logical procession to the accessories’ smokers need as they go from being a novice smoker to a full fledged aficionado.
4 accessories eventually become essential; the cigar cutter, a butane lighter, a cigar case and a humidor make up this list. At Cigar Studio you will find accessories in all price ranges and sizes so ask our staff to take you through your options.
Here are some of the many accessories you will find in our store.
Brizard & Co
Brizard & Co. makes stunning cigar accessories. I have been great pals with Cyril Brizard for 17 years, and some of you have met him in the shop. Production in his southern California factory enables him strict quality control of his woodwork, leather work and metal work. Cyril takes huge pride in offering the best quality and most innovative products made with genuine leathers and exotic woods. Here is just a snapshot of some of his accessories that you will find in the shop.
ST Dupont Collection
The story began in 1872 when Simon Tissot Dupont created a luggage and leather goods workshop, producing a line of goods for the highest social circles in France and other global markets. In 1941 Dupont created its first luxury petrol lighter for the Maharajah of Patiala and soon after the iconic Ligne 2 line was born. Jackie Kennedy loved her Dupont lighter so much that she ordered a pen to match and another Dupont icon was born. In 2012 Dupont celebrated 140 years of prestige and exclusivity and to this day continues to create products for exceptional people.
Here are a few of the ST Dupont cigar accessory products you will find at Cigar Studio. This is a prestige line of smokers accessories. For full product line information, please drop into the store.
Of the four accessories mentioned, a humidor is usually the last item a smoker purchases. After all you can’t get far without a cutter and lighter and who wants to go out with their friends for a cigar carrying them in plastic baggies. But buying a humidor means you are past the “novice” smoker stage, you are starting to develop a tase of what you like and dislike, and are ready to keep a small collection at your instant disposal. A humidor can be a very personal purchase as color, shape and size of the humidor should match your personal style preferences. From small travel size units, to personal home or office humidors, to large cabinets, you will find them all at Cigar Studio.
FAQ – Probably one of the most frequent questions we should get asked by casual cigar smokers is “how large a humidor should I have?”, suggesting customers purchase a humidor as they begin their collection. Unfortunately that is not always the case and instead we often get asked “how many cigars will ‘that’ humidor hold” , suggesting they are shopping for a humidor after they have begun to collect cigars or following a trip away where they ended up with a box or two more than they can store. This often results in ending up with 1, 2, or even 3 humidors as their cigar collection gets bigger than their current storage capacity. Good for the humidor industry, but not necessarily good for the customer.
So what to do? It is our experience that owning a humidor that will hold up to 50 cigars – approximately 2 boxes – is adequate for the average cigar smoker. Before you can say “50 cigars, that’s way more than I need to store”, please note one important issue. The cost saving of having a smaller humidor is relatively minimal since size is not the main factor driving humidor cost. What drives humidor cost is primarily its finish and features. Plus it is our experience that the smoker who has a small humidor for 25 cigars or less, is simply going to run out of space as soon as they are given or buy that 1 more box of cigars when they stock up. It’s a fact and we see it all the time. So for someone who smokes 1-2 cigars a week, 50 cigars is a half years’ worth of cigar heaven, but not too many to discourage regular visits to your favourite cigar shop to see what’s new.
For the serious collector. We always have a couple of these on the floor and have access to many others. When you need to store more than 10 boxes of cigars. Cigar Studio has a wider selection of both active and passive humidification options for cabinets and desk top humidors. We carry the full range of Cigar Oasis and Honeywell active systems, Western and Cigar Oasis analogue and digital hygrometers, as well as the full line of Madelaine humidor maintenance products.
How To Ensure Your Hygrometer Is Reading Accurately
Its easy. Just bring it into the store. We will check it and re-calibrate it if necessary. And there is no charge to you for this service.
The most important piece of equipment in your humidor is your hygrometer. You can’t question whether your humidor is “working” or not until you absolutely trust your hygrometer’s accuracy. You must know it is calibrated correctly to accurately indicate the 65%-70% humidity level necessary to maintain cigars in perfect condition. This is especially important during the cold and dry winter months.
Since opening in 1996, Cigar Studio has offered a complimentary service to check your hygrometers’ accuracy. Unless you are a chemist, forget doing the salt test at home. Seriously, it can be messy and you need to know what you are doing. So just bring in your hygrometer, whether you bought it here or not. (We always test all equipment before we sell it). We will leave your hygrometer in our humidor overnight, where we have very accurate and expensive equipment to insure 65%-70% humidity – remember this is the business we have been in for 22 years. Almost all hygrometers can be re-calibrated and we will do it for you no charge. We always have, we always will.
How Do Analogue Hygrometers Get Out of Wack
Are Digital Hygrometers Better?
Isn’t All Humidor Equipment The Same?
But My Humidor Is Not From Cigar Studio. What Do I Do?
What Are The Options For New Humidor Equipment?
Pipes and related accessories continue to be a growing section in our shop. We put in our pipe department in 2002 and began with only a dozen pipes. But in response to customer demand, we have continually invested in this area and have watched it grow such that today, we have an outstanding assortment. Peterson, Lorenzetti, Aldo Velani, Nording, Savinelli, Comoy, Brigham and Stanwell are some of the brands you will find in the store.
Portable Air Cleaners
The arrival of cold weather means we are limited as to where we can comfortable enjoy our cigars. And while the boss may never permit you to light up in the family room or kitchen, what about that small room in your basement? “I could do that” you say “but how do I deal with the smoke and odor afterwards?”
One solution is to consider a room size air cleaner that will deal with all 3 categories of smoke “air pollution”. What are these 3 categories?
- The first is the smoke particulate – that grey matter – which you can see while smoking. Particulate has mass, and if you have ever been in a home full of smokers who did nor deal with particulate, you will see it as yellow tinge on the walls.
- The second, while not totally related to cigars, is biological material such as bacteria, viruses, and mold spores.
- The third is actually the most critical to smokers as it’s the residual odors that we need to deal with. This is the pollutant that you don’t see. Technically, these are the gas state of chemicals, and range from everything from paint, perfumes, plastic and glue.
Amaircare is a Canadian company that specializes in providing clean air for both residential and commercial uses. Their portable units employ a 3 stage HEPA filtration process that deals with all parts of in home pollution including residual cigar smoke and odor; pre-filters that capture larger particulate like cigar smoke; HEPA filters then capture finer particulate like dust, pollen and pet dander; then most importantly carbon/charcoal filters that capture the gas/cigar odour that must be dealt with. Carbon is to gas what a sponge is to water. When gas comes into contact with the carbon filter, they become trapped in tiny capillary passages on the surface of the carbon. This process continues until all the passages are filled, much like saturating a sponge.
Filter life of the HEPA and carbon filters have are 2-5 years depending on usage.
Along with our supplier Enerplace, a supplier of our Amaircare units for over 15 years, there are 2 portable units available depending on the size of the room you will enjoy your cigars in. (Enerplace carries many more but we use these two)
My room allows 4 of us to enjoy a couple cigars over a couple of hours. I have blocked the air out take so that there is no leakage into our main HVAC system. I leave the 3000 on while we are smoking and for an hour or so afterwards. I may then fire up my Lampe Berge or open a pail of Ona Gel. Guys I’m telling you, this works. Sure when the boss come downstairs, she will say she can smell the residual odor of our cigars. Barely. And if I have had my Lampe on for 20 minutes she can’t smell anything but the fragrance.
It’s not like I use it every week either, maybe half dozen times a year in the winter. But when I feel like enjoying a cigar, watching some golf on a Sunday afternoon in February, I am glad it’s there.
You are more than welcome to see ours in use at the shop. Or call Murray @ Enerplace directly at 905 624 1890. They are in Mississauga just off Dundas West, about 10 minutes from Cigar Studio. This guy has been living the clean air business for 30 years and we have no issue with you going directly to the expert.
Guys, we live in Toronto, its gets really cold here for 3-4 months so take the time to get educated about these highly efficient portable air cleaners.