Category Archives: History

Venetian Carnival Masks: The Great Equalizer

Venetian Carnival Masks

Handmade Venetian Carnival Masks— the first thing customers see when entering our front door.  Not exactly what many expect to see from their favorite tobacconist… Why do we carry Venetian masks? Tourists often muse that there must be a lot of parties hosting Washington’s elite Eyes Wide Shut style…  Others think they are a collection […]

The Art of the Cigar Band

Cigar Band Art

You’re at Georgetown Tobacco, choosing a cigar from among the hundreds we offer.  You consider the cigar’s vitola (is it right for my body size?  will it last for an entire round of golf?), its flavor and strength (Dominican?  Nicaraguan?  Ligero?  Volado?), the wrapper color (natural? maduro?), and maybe you give it a gentle pinch […]

59th Anniversary Issue: The Boom and Beyond

Cigar Boom- David Berkebile

“My Sicilian mother stopped asking me when I was going to get a “real job” and started telling her friends that her son worked in the cigar industry.” That was how Georgetown Tobacco Vice President Walter Gorski recalls the impact of the mid-90s “Cigar Boom.” In 1992, Cigar Aficionado was first published, bringing the joy […]

59th Anniversary Issue: How It All Began…

In March of 1964 the first Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line. The Beatles were taking America by storm with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”  With so many Mustangs on the road today (probably even playing The Beatles on Spotify) perhaps it’s kismet that something else very special and with real staying power […]

The Caucus Brief- Presidents’ Day Edition

Presidents' Day Banner

Because of our proximity to the White House and all things American History here in the nation’s capital, we take special delight in this week’s “Caucus Brief”, underscoring not just Presidents who smoked cigars but two particular Chief Executives who found time during very busy schedules to value private, special moments with a cigar. For […]