|CONNECTICUT'S ONLY HANDMADE
Find-out what all the buzz is about
at Connecticut's Leading Tobacconist....read
the November 8th Hartford Courant story.
Connecticut has a proud tradition of growing and harvesting
some of the finest cigar tobaccos in the world. These
same local shade and broadleaf tobaccos are hand rolled
into cigars by the Connecticut Valley Tobacconist L.L.C.,
in the historical Hazardville section of Enfield. We take
great pride in keeping this
time-honored tradition alive by celebrating the fine crops
of the Connecticut farmer, by masterfully crafting these
tobaccos into a fine work of art - The Cigar.
In fact, Connecticut Valley Tobacconist L.L.C. is the
only producer of cigars of any type i.e. machine made,
small or large handmade, that are made in Connecticut.
We are proud to offer our own series of handrolled cigars
- TOBACCONIST CHOICE. Cigars produced in this series are:
Battleground Cigar, Old Powder Keg, Havannah and our
newest creation MYSTERIOSO. TOBACCONIST CHOICE VINTAGE
2001 is the only brand exclusively made in Enfield, CT.
In addition to hand rolling our own cigars, Connecticut
Valley Tobacconist L.L.C., is recognized as having one
of the finest selection of imported handmade cigars, humidors,
butane lighters, fine briar pipes and pipe tobaccos in
the Connecticut River Valley . Travel back in time, and
visit us soon and watch as these cigars are masterfully
rolled in our comfortable leather appointed smoking lounge. Read
the story of tobacco in Connecticut here.
Connecticut residents please phone us toll-free at 1-888-56-OPUSX
or email us at email@example.com
to order. And yes, we do offer same day delivery for
freshly rolled cigars (some folks swear that nothing compares!).
Otherwise, all cigars shipped will be aged a minimum of
|Connecticut Valley Tobacconist would like to take this
opportunity to thank those of you who had a chance to stop
by our booth at this years BIG E and NEW YORK STATE FAIR.
The following article appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard
on August 30, 2002.
|(Click to enlarge article)
rolling ignites passion
Cuban native works with Connecticut tobacco at New York
August 30, 2002
By Jim Reilly
Staff writer - The Post-Standard < http://www.syracuse.com/poststandard/
Walter Pena doesn't talk much when he's working, but his
fingers never stop. They are as expressive as any poet.
Pena rolls cigars for the Connecticut Valley Tobacconist.
He's at work every day, center stage, in the tiny, aromatic
tobacconist stand across from Santillo's food stand. This
is the company's fifth year at the fair, and the first they
brought along their own roller.
Michael Tarnowicz, a Connecticut valley native and owner
of the shop, says Pena has been rolling for him for about
a year, since Tarnowicz decided to produce his own cigars.
Pena uses tobacco grown in the Connecticut River Valley,
famous for its fine tobacco wrappers, the supple outer leaf
that gives a cigar its shape, smooth smoke and even burn.
Pena is from Havana, Cuba. Tarnowicz found him in Miami,
where a number of ex-Cubanos make their living rolling cigars
from Honduran, Costa Rican and Nicaraguan tobacco.
Because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, its cigars and
tobaccos are banned from this country, much to the chagrin
of cigar lovers. Cubans are the Rolls Royces and Bentleys
But with choice Central American tobaccos wrapped in Connecticut
broadleaf or Connecticut shade - they grow it under tents,
gently - Tarnowicz says his hand-rolled cigars give the
Cubans a run for the money. If you want smooth, they've
got smooth; if you want rich, they've got rich; and if you
want power, they've got Old Powderkeg.
thermonuclear," said Tarnowicz, "the strongest cigar we
make. It's got explosive undertones."
The cigar is in honor of Col. Hazard - "Old Powderkeg"
- a Union officer and chief gunpowder supplier of the federal
troops during the Civil War (and some say of quite a few
Confederate troops as well; he was, after all, a businessman
before he became a soldier). Tarnowicz and his brother,
also at the stand, are from Hazardville, named for the Civil
Even if you don't smoke, it's hard not to appreciate the
skill, the dexterity, the subtle manipulative magic of Walter
Pena's hands. It doesn't matter that he doesn't speak English.
His hands show what's necessary.
When he rolls, it's as if the rest of him disappears: He's
all in his hands, and you can't stop watching them.
Please call (860)763-4655 to place your online order
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