HOH: We recently crossed paths with you at the PCA [Premium Cigar Association] expo in Las Vegas. Man, that sure was hot! [temperatures reached 45 degrees Celsius] What exhibitors made an impression on you, and how many cigars did you enjoy while you were there?
CH: The show was much slower paced this year. I missed seeing some of the manufacturers who are no longer participating. Of those left, the JC Newman booth would be my favorite. As for how many cigars I enjoyed, it was about 3-4 per day. I have cut back.
HOH: What’s your favorite drink to pair with a cigar?
CH: My favorite drink would depend on the cigar and the circumstances. A nicely aged single malt or a very good rum usually works for me.
HOH: What’s the most popular cigar size among the your customers?
HOH: What’s your favorite ‘cigar destination’ to visit?
CH: Certainly not Cuba! I have been about 15 times, but am in no hurry to go back. When was the last time YOU were there? That leaves the DR [Dominican Republic]. The Pro Cigar show there is very well done.
HOH: Quick questions. Please provide one word answers:
Maduro or Connecticut? Maduro.
Torch or wooden match? Wooden match.
Fuente or E.P. Carrillo? Fuente.
Humidity pack or distilled water? Humidity pack.
Straight or V cut? Straight.
Churchill or Robusto? Robusto.
HOH: Tell us something interesting that most people don’t know about Burlington On Whyte:
CH: We don’t just sell it – we live it. All five members of our staff are both a pipe and cigar smoker. The vast majority of pipe tobacco we sell are blends that are unique to our store. We create them in-house. The average tenure of our employees is 11 years. Currently they range from 19 to 5 years.
HOH: You can only choose one cigar to smoke for the rest of your life, what do you choose and why?
CH: When I was asked this question on my first trip to Cuba, the answer almost got me kicked out of the country – Davidoff Anniversario #3. Not necessarily my all time favorite because most of those cigars are no longer available. It, like all Davidoffs, is extremely well made. The flavour profile is interesting enough to never get boring, but not challenging enough so you might not want to smoke another.