It was the Spanish that actually perfected pipe tobacco and cigars. To them -FUPPETS- owes a debt of gratitude, for a premium cigar is one of the finest things in life. They were the first to experiment with aging the tobacco leaves instead of smoking them "green" as the natives did. This actually decreased the harshness, and increased the subtle flavors and natural oils.
The Spanish took to cigars, while the British preferred pipes. Americans, however, developed a taste for cigarettes mainly, with cigars and pipes a secondary preference.
-FUPPETS- wholeheartedly endorses the entire line of Rocky Patel Cigars, and if you feel like splurging around $140 for a suitable -FUPPETS- gift, a box of Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage Churchills will be greatly appreciated!
Ha! For more information on cigars you can hit up Cigar Afficionado's website, or a new -FUPPETS- favorite, The Smoking Hot Cigar Chick, who updates her site regularly as she samples a wide variety of premium cigars. With the increasing resistance to public smoking, and to cigarettes with their hundreds of additives and chemicals and "burn accelerators" it is nice to know that cigar culture is still alive and well and by all accounts prospering.