Posted By Frederic on May 18, 2011
This is one of these overseas posts. I wouldn’t normally share about random shops outside Shanghai, but Holt’s is a very special place.
Ask anybody living in Philly, they’ll tell the place is second to none in the city.
Now, being the snobs that we are (the French, the young, and the Cubans smokers), we are always a bit skeptical about cigar shops in the US of A.
Not easy to convince me that they have a nice selection when all they have is cameroon wrappers and nicaraguan fillers.
Well, I for one have been impressed by the experience of shopping and actually interacting with a knowledgeable cigar sales man (if that’s how you call them). Compared to our Chinese shops where the girls usually know next to nothing about cigars, very refreshing experience. I know next to nothing about Dominicans (the odd Davidoff being the notable exception), Nicaraguans or Hondurans, Michael was very patient and helpful: he asked me what my “Cuban” taste was, and selected a few (ok, a few dozen) cigars that he thought I should enjoy.
Oups, I did it again...
One benefit of not buying Cuban: prices. I am always amazed at how cheap the non-Cubans are. And I am not talking about the crap machine made ones. High-end Ashtons, Arturo Fuente, etc. are much cheaper than what we are forced to pay for our cigs in China.
Michael was even nice enough to give me a cigar cutter since I hadn’t brought any in order to save myself some security troubles at American airports.
They do stock a nice selection of accessories, much cheaper than in China. You might not want to carry big humidors, but some of the smaller gizmos might catch your fancy (humidor minpacks, glycol solutions, odor eliminators, empty boxes to put your own cigs, special cutters, etc.)
8 out of 10 Cigs; the selection can be overwhelming and customers would benefit from having some primers or beginner’s flyers.
Holt’s Cigar Company
1522 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19102