Cigars have long been associated with some of the most influential people across the world. People start smoking cigars as a trend, then it becomes a lifestyle statement and ultimately they get hooked on to it. For a cigar smoker, it’s more like a passion and it’s surely all about the “experience”.
Chetan Seth, the poster-boy for cigar smoking in India, has long been the sole distributor of Habanos, the Cuban government-run cigar company. However, with the advent of Cingari, the retail cigar shop at The Oberoi, Zakir Hussain Marg (Ph: 9810624427), things have never been the same for cigar aficionados. At Cingari you can walk into the humidor and marvel at a fantastic collection that houses more than 144 varieties of cigars. You can also purchase cigar accessories and leaf through the Cigar Aficionado magazine.
Cingari has seen a drastic rise in the number of cigar smokers over the years and has more than 5000 customers who swear by the shop. Thanks to the classical Habanos, Monecristo’, Quintero Brevas or cigarillos such as Romeo y Julieta’s in addition to Indian cigars, the young and the old alike have taken a huge fancy to Cingari’s great collection.
Every effort is undertaken to maintain the freshness of the cigar and though it’s not like smoking one right off the factory in Cuba, Cingari’s walk-in humidor is the closest that one can come to the real deal. Many established cigar smokers are happy that their favourite cigars are now available at their doorstep through Cingari’s home-delivery system and at prices that are competitive and cheaper than anywhere in Europe.
Cigar smoking might be a costly affair but people who love the aroma of cigars won’t mind shelling a few extra bucks to indulge in their secret passion. After all, it can be used as a gate-pass to the world of the high and the mighty. A short visit at Cingari only proves the point.