Vegas de Santiago - Premium Cigars  from Costa Rica  

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Along the side of every powerful man… 
is a beautiful, powerful woman.


The cigar has been a symbol for power, privilege and prestige... since the
conquistadors introduced tobacco... to the European nobility... in the 1500s.

It's all power!   A man smoking a cigar is trying to capture that power...
he is able to show off a little bit.  Women smoke cigars for the same reason.

Just holding this power prop... with their fingertips... gives women a certain
sense of Freedom, Power &  Moxy... as either a unique independent thinker
or a romantic femme fatale.



Power  is  Sensuous… 
We  like Sensual  Pleasures.


Cigars taste good, and like fine wines, well aged spirits and gourmet
food, they are a connoisseur's experience to be contemplated and
savored… a cigar gets finer with age...  if kept in the proper humidor.

The ritual of lighting a cigar and savoring the complex tastes... of a
well aged and properly treated smoke... can be a wonderful focus for
relaxation and meditative reflection... on the pleasures of the here
and now... rather than on the demands of a busy schedule.


Paired with deliciously fragrant cognac, the rich, roasted aromas of
coffee or even a strong, savory red wine, a good cigar offers a wealth
of flavor nuances... to the discerning palate.


Women have made powerful advances in the corporate world... which
were male-dominated for so long,  they also experience more stress.

They have more disposable income. Women are less afraid of embracing typical male pastimes for relaxation, like smoking a fine cigar.

Cigars have recaptured their traditional symbol of success, celebration
and achievement. People yearn for old established rituals... rituals of elegance and sophistication, of good-fellowship and camaraderie.


They call it a gentlemen's industry,
which to an extent,  is very  true...

  Women add a certain "Class" of  their  own.


Women  Love  the "Smooth Tasting"
Aromatic Cigars...  from  Vegas  de  Santiago

Unlike "harsh" Cubans... 
These are elegant  hand  rolled  cigars...
that  will  delight  you... 
with  every  slow  draw  of  smoke.

But the rave reviews don't surprise us, because we have witnessed
the loving care... lavished on the tobaccos - all the way from the
"sun kissed" fields... to the rolling tables.

The manufacturer insists on a 90-day aging period, in the climate-
controlled humidification room, before releasing these exclusive cigars.

Our Famous Brands
: Churchill, Corona, Toro, Torpedo, Laguito,
Lonsdale, Robusto, and our New "Shaman" (Chaman) Cigar and our
 New Vegas Chiquititas!   (Cigarillo Petits) After you have smoked
one of our Vegas Chiquititas... you will smoke no other brands!

These little Chiquititas... are smooth, delicate and petit... with a
surpassing full flavor for their size. The perfect smoking sensation...
that will leave you craving for more!



These cigars are a labor of love for our Cuban master blender Don Louis Santana, who has been able to produce such an intensely flavorful smoke that appeals to the most discriminating smoker. 

From the deep Rainforest… to the warmth of the rich volcanic Earth… rises like a "Phoenix from the Ashes", the legendary and rare "Vegas de Santiago" Premium Cigars from Costa Rica! 


The Quality is born in the fields...

Our tobacco is grown in the fertile, high volcanic mountains, at a height of 1100 meters above sea level, in Santiago de Puriscal. 

The special conditions here allow us to grow our tobacco with very little use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. We also quick-freeze our tobacco leaves, before and after curing.

Our special tobacco is then hand-picked, selected, dried and cured for 3 years with tender loving care.  In Costa Rica, this is called "Pura Vida", Pure Life!   Where the tobacco plant is considered most sacred.

The Manufacture of "Vegas de Santiago" cigars is all done by hand, using the tubing technique after "de-veining" the leaves.  Our rich and smooth wrappers are imported from plantations in Nicaragua, shade-grown to perfection.

The Mystique of the Rainforest lingers in the smoke…. and the mild, smooth taste will convince you of the high-quality of "Vegas de Santiago" Premium Cigars.

As the manufacturer of "vintage tobacco" Premium cigars, we offer
our customers their own custom cigar bands

Click Here
for Prices and Styles of Cigar Bands!

Please email us... with any questions you may have. 

Sunny Greetings from Costa Rica!

Lani Kaub Niehaus
 International Sales

"Famous & Power Women"
Cigar Smokers

Catherine the Great was born in 1729. She loved smoking fine cigars
and bands are her invention.  She insisted on a band - to keep her royal
fingers from getting stained with tobacco.

Marlene Dietrich played the Russian ruler in the film "The Scarlet
Empress."  The actress was often seen smoking cigars.

Gertrude Stein shared her love of good literature and love of good
cigars with her friends, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The poet Amy Lowell, the novelists Colette and George Sand,
and the Australian soprano
Nellie Melba,
all enjoyed a fine cigar.

"La Africana" cigar factory in Cuba... holds the distinction of being...
the first cigar factory... to employ a woman (1878). The best cigars
from this factory were sent to
Nellie Melba.

The George Sands Society, founded in Santa Monica, California in
1992, is the largest women's cigar smoking society.

Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde infamy, and Annie Oakley,
relieved some of the stress of their jobs.. by smoking cigars.

In modern days, the famous WWII pin-up
Lillian Russell, fogged up
more than GI's lockers... with her cigar smoke.

Madonna, Jodie Foster and Whoopie Goldberg
are all women
with their names in the headlines... and cigars in their relaxation kit.

Women bought less than a tenth of a percent...  of all cigars in the
1980s.  Now women buy over five percent... of all cigars, and account
for more than forty percent... of the retail cigar dollars.

The Cigar Association... estimates that there are now half a million...
woman cigar smokers!



Cigar  Aficionados  offer  these  tips
on buying and smoking cigars:

  • Buy cigars from a tobacco shop. There are many
    high quality Cigar Shops online,  such as:  Vegas
    de Santiago Premium Cigars from Costa Rica.
    They'll  know more about the product and  have a better selection
    than liquor, drug or grocery stores.

    Pick  a great  smelling cigar.   Chances are if  the cigar doesn't
    smell good, it  won't  taste  good  either.
  • Make your first smoking experience pleasant.  Don't smoke in a
    place where you'll feel self-conscious.  A good cigar is best smoked
    in a comfortable atmosphere, such as at home with friends... after
    a  meal.

  • For your first time, select a premium hand-rolled cigar in the $3
    to $4 range.  Brands made in Costa Rica are popular  sellers
    because of their mild,  pleasant flavor….and mountain  grown 
    tobacco…is  very  smooth.
  • Dip the head of the cigar - the end you put in your mouth - into
    cognac, brandy or a fine port wine.  As you draw on the cigar,
    you'll be able to taste the flavor.  Some companies sell cigars that
    have been dipped in liquors and wines.  There are also some nice
    flavored cigars, like cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, coffee, and
    macadamia nut... to name a few.

  • Women may prefer the more feminine petite smokes... that resemble
    cigarettes.  But with cigars, bigger is usually better.  Smaller cigars
    tend to get hot... very quickly, and the taste is often harsh.  The
    exception... is the exquisite "Chiquititas" from Vegas de Santiago!
  • Don't  inhale.  Cigars are for enjoyment, not a quick nicotine fix.

Always ask permission... before lighting up in a
restaurant, even in the smoking section. Many
people find the smoke... highly offensive, and even
at smoker-friendly places, cigars are often prohibited.



What  is so alluring about  the Cigar Woman?



What makes her so damn attractive... to cigar-smoking men (and even to many men, who don't smoke cigars)?   First of all, there is a certain strength about a cigar smoking woman.  She is someone who is self-confident, secure and ready to fly in the face... of the criticism... of her family and friends.

She stands out.  Men like women... who aren't afraid to break rules... and take risks. They know these women... just might  rock  their  world!

The image of a woman... holding a  long, sleek, cylindrical object... in her mouth, prompts even the most sophisticated men... of  the be reduced to drooling newborns... in suits.

If  you haven't  already  realized  it, there is a  whole new  mode of meeting men...  that has been born in  the 1990's.    Cigar parties, single-malt scotch and cigar tasting, cognac tasting, beer tasting and the like, are predominantly  frequented  by men.... lots of  men.  These events do not exclude women.

However, it  has been my experience... that  rarely more than two or three women... are in attendance, and every man... in  the room... is keenly aware of the presence... of those few smart, lucky ones.

If you come to one of the tasting or parties, be prepared to be scrutinized. However, you will also be fawned upon, flirted with, wined, and if you wish, dined, if not worshipped, by your pick of men.

They will compliment you,  show you respect, and perhaps best of all... offer you  cigars.   Your  only  challenge...  will  be to figure out...  who is married, and I suspect... you've all had some practice at that.

Puff sensuously, puff deeply.  Then look quickly over your shoulder and see the look on the face of the man who's been watching you...

He  loves  you!

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