Hometown: San Antonio
Filed Under: Who else in America has pre-embargo Cuban tobacco? No one, that's who.
Overview: Broad assortment (75+ varieties, by our count) of high quality yet affordable cigars, samplers, cigarillos, and sweets produced by the oldest operating cigar company in the U.S. Some are handmade, some are machine made; they're all made with love
Appreciate: The history behind these cigars. The story of Finck Cigar Company goes back to its establishment by first generation German immigrants in 1893, and continues to the present day with the descendants of founder Henry Finck still on the factory floor. It's more than family who's involved: the Finck Cigar Company has been known for its loyal employees, some of whom have worked there most of their adult lives, and some whose parents worked there, as well. You can know a lot about a company based on the constancy of its staff, and for a cigar company, in particular, you can bet that constancy in production translates to constancy in quality
Know: They have so many special brands, it can be overwhelming to know what to try first. A few options to get you started: the Travis Club Classics (pictured above) are the same blend that gentlemen members of the old Travis Club in San Antonio used to smoke in the card room, and the dining room, and the bar, and everywhere, way back in the early 1900's, so if you are a history buff, these may appeal to you in particular. If you like the history of 1959 more than 1909, consider the Havana Slims Rough Riders, named for Havana, Cuba because, true enough, they actually contain Cuban tobacco. Finck Cigar Company still has pre-embargo inventory of Cuban tobacco from a 1959 harvest, which they use as filler for their Rough Riders. This is the only cigar made in America that has this distinction, so stock up on these while they're still available. For something more contemporary and uniquely "Texas," consider the Blue Agave Sweet Acapulco Blue's, which are tipped with the sugar-sweet syrup of the agave cactus flower. And finally, for even more sweet and a little unique, try the highly rated yet inexpensive Rum & Honey Coronas
Special Comments: Once you settle in with your favorite Finck cigar, consider joining their Dividend Club. This allows you to have your preferred label shipped to you automatically at regular intervals (weekly or spaced up to 12 weeks apart), and for every $250 you spend, Finck will credit you with a $25 rebate. This keeps more cigars coming your way, and less of your money going theirs. Nice family, those Fincks
Cost: Varies greatly depending on style, but to get an idea: a 50-count box of Senator cut Travis Club Classics (their most popular) costs $79.95
See them: Here.