Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Davidus - Reisterstown MD

Our goal is the support the cigar community by providing information and feedback on not just cigars, but shops and events as well.  Below you will find reviews of shops, lounges, and events we attend.  The ratings are based on our experience at that time and we will keep a general historical record as well.  Shops will have a breakdown of their rating where are events will include a recap including final thoughts.

Review By: Matt

Shop and Event Reviews

Review By:

Matt

Humidour - Hunt Valley MD

Ambiance:

89


Humidor:

91


Staff:

96

Value:

92


Overall Rating:

92



70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

Most recent visit - Mar 2016


II visit here about a few times a month when I have some free time and want to try a new stick or I don't feel like fighting the extreme hot or cold weather. 

I'll start off by the atmosphere.  The soft, low volume jazz music makes for a pleasant first impression upon walking in.  You also notice the many large flat screen TV's that usually have some sort of sports broadcast or show on them. They have approximately 15-20 lounging chairs so you can get really comfortable.
Adding to their offering, the Tinder Box provides a ton of personal lockers that you can rent.  On occasion there will be a group that gets a bit loud and distracting for my preference.

As you walk in, the big walk-in humidor is the first thing on the right and upon going inside you notice a very big selection of cigars.  Although they don't carry a few brands that I like (Man O War, Diesel) I can always find something that I do like. They are priced very reasonably/fair and the friendly staff is always willing or asking if you need any help finding anything.  Most seem to be very informed with their profession and answer all questions I have.  My only complaint is it tends to be a little cluttered in there and the room to move around can be limiting, especially when there are other people in there. 


After selecting and paying for my cigar, I walked over to the full service bar that has wide variety of liquors, beers and wines. 
I will say the drinks are a bit on the expensive side but they always give you an extremely generous amount.  It looks to be closer to a 2 1/2 - 3 ounce pour as opposed to the standard 1 1/2. 
The patrons there vary widely.  Most times I end up having a very nice conversation with someone there.  Whether it's about cigars, guns, sports, jobs, politics etc.  I always leave with the pleasure of meeting someone new and enjoying the social encounter.  Other times, I will sit by myself at the bar and enjoy some "me time" while I surf the internet on my phone.  So it's a win-win either way.

The ventilation system works very well when there's 20 or less people which is why I generally visit on weekdays around lunch time.  I have been there when there were a lot more people and the smoke is a bit too much for me to bear.  When the eyes start stinging and you notice you less able to taste the flavors of your cigar it gets frustrating.  However, during the events they have on some weekends I have heard that they will open the doors, front and back, and that it makes it a lot better.  I can't say this is 100% accurate because I have not been during an event.  The events they hold include cigar brand events, bbq's, UFC nights etc.  The price for admission to UFC PPV events is merely buying 2 cigars.  Can't beat that! 


Overall I'd say it's a good choice to visit if you're in the area and need to relax with a drink and a nice stick as long as you can time it when it's not too crowded.  There is a reason I keep going back and if I ever go during an event on the weekend, I will be sure to update this review and share how it went.



Most recent visit - Feb 2017


I have been to this location more than a few times but I thought it made sense to finally review it.  Known as one of the largest cigar stores in the US, the Cigars International Hamburg Superstore is a great place to shop and spend some time.  When arriving you will note the large size of the building (for a cigar store) and is finished very well.  There is covered seating outside on the ground level and uncovered seating on the second level. 

Upon entering you are greeted immediately by a few workers who nicely ask is there anything you need help finding today.  The entire store is a humidor so there is no need to walk into a humidor since you are already in it!  (And surprisingly the humidity is pretty darn good)  The ventilation is amazing and rarely do you notice smoke, I have only seen it smoky during Cigarfest weekend when it is standing room only.  There are aisles of cigars on the right and each wall is shelved with cigars socked everywhere.  There are shelving units in the middle of the store with mostly Oliva/Nub/Studio Tobac.  To the left as you walk in there are humidors, cutters and lighters, and other fun accessories.  The selection is pretty darn good as there must be about 40-50 humidors to choose from, 80 or so lighters, and at least 100 cutters.  Farther to the left you have the 1st floor bar which has a pretty nice selection. 

Straight in front of you (past the Oliva shelving units) is the Value Vault which used to be called the blending lab.  The blending lab was cigars made for CI for a few reasons, most importantly made by quality manufacturers at reduced prices.  The concept used to be to make blends, test the market for interest, then move it to regular production.  It give smokers an option to test out an Oliva, My Father, etc. blend before it hits the market at very low prices…  BUT the FDA has now shut that down.  This means the Blend Lab is now the Value Vault displaying clearance products.  Not the same at all and unfortunately takes a very unique aspect of this store away. (I’m so disappointed to learn of this)  That said, today they had some blend lab cigars and I ended up buying a bundle of 50 of a My Father Lancero after smoking one that morning.  (Which was great BTW!)  $3.00 a stick…can’t beat that for a 90 plus rating cigar. 

In the back right of the store is a pipe area for those interested which is about twice the size of a normal cigar shop.  If you are into pipes and like many options for tobacco, this is a good place.  There are cigar samplers and sale items throughout the store on different displays/tables and the staff is always offering help.  Moving upstairs you have an indoor balcony style floor with a second bar and many leather lounge chairs.  The wait staff for the bars are very good and are usually attentive…sometimes they let too much time pass but when they are busy you understand.  There are TVs throughout the entire place and you usually can find a place to sit with the rare exception which tends to be Cigarfest weekend.  They have live music most Friday and Saturday nights offering a nice place to hang out late if you wish. 

In general this cigar store is the best I have ever been to.  Very good selection, great ambiance, great help, amazing ventilation, good pricing, knowledgeable cigar staff and two bars with a helpful wait staff.  Overall it is hard to find too much at fault with this cigar shop except the disappointment of the Blend Lab being lost.  (No fault of CI I understand)  If you are within 3 hours, go to this store for the day, you will love it.  If you need a small break, visit Cabelas which is right behind CI.  Great job CI team, keep up the good work!

Tinderbox - Waldorf MD

Cigars International - Hamburg PA

Review By: Jared

Most recent visit - Dec 2016


I decided to stop by this shop to pick up a box, using a gift card, and see what is new out there.  I have been to the larger Davidus stores before and have stopped at this small Davidus shop a few times before.  


When you enter the store you quickly know this is a small shop with only two chairs to hang out in.  It is truly meant to buy and leave and not much more than that.  The layout is tight in every way, which is not all that inviting.  It is hard to fault the store as they are trying to manage variety and use of the small space.  The small walk in humidor is located in the back of the store but it doesn't take long to get there.  The people working the store are usually friendly and offering help.  On this day an older gentleman helped me and I let him know I was going to look around and then I went into the humidor. 


Since I wasn't sure what I wanted to get I planned to look around and take my time finding the next box to buy.  The layout is super tight so it takes a fair amount of time to find what is where.  The guy working that night (Sorry, don't remember his name) followed me into the humidor shortly after me entering it and started asking what I was looking for.  I told him I would likely purchase a complete box and I was an experienced cigar smoker and can be fairly picky.  He asked about my profile so I went though my likes and dislikes.  I also noted I like Cubans but I tend to go with certain brands for non-Cubans.  He offered different options but did keep showing me boxes that were not complete.  (Maybe he didn't hear me?)  I think he was trying to help but most of the times I like to focus when buying a box...go through online prices, determine what I already have, etc. 


So at one point I almost thought that he was worried I was going to steal something...LOL.  I was coming from work so I was in a suit so I'm not sure why that he would think that but it was a little odd.  He did try to see if I would buy their house brand and I shot it down in a nice way.  The humidity seemed about right and the prices were clear.  The prices were a little high compared to other shops in the area so looking for a good B&M deal took some time. 


I ended up choosing a box of Joya Blacks in toro but the box was open and one cigar was missing/sold from it.  He was nice and said pick a cigar to fill the box around the same price and we will be good.  I did ask if he had any TAA sticks and he showed me the options.  I picked a My Father stick to fill the box and then went to the register. 


He went through the process and singed me up for their program that offers discounts the more you spend.  It is a nice program and if their larger stores were close to me I might go there more often but they are kinda out of the way.  I signed up and he sealed the box for me and off I went. 


Overall the experience was a pleasant one but I did find the guy helping me was less knowledgeable than the other people that work in that shop.  I have been helped by Travis before and you can tell he knows more.  Not a place to hang out, not bad prices...but not great for a B&M.  The shop is what it is but I would hope more knowledgeable help could make an improvement.  In the area, I would probably go to the Humidour Shoppe on the Hill where the selection is better and the employees are more knowledgeable.  The other Davidus locations would rate better as well.


Review By: Matt

How we rate shops?

Most recent visit - Feb 2016


I visit this shop on a fairly regular basis and always like to look around to see what is new.  The look and feel of the place is always nice and the other smokers there are friendly.  I do wish they would look into better ventilation.  Sometimes the smoke can be too much and I'm not easily bothered by such things.   Food and drink would be nice but I know MD has restrictions...


The staff is always friendly and helpful and usually knowledgeable.  Some of the younger help can be less educated at times.  However, if you talk with Jim the owner, Chris one of the managers and/or Michael (I think he is a manager) you will get someone that knows their stuff.  Michael is someone I have talked to a few times and he is someone you can trust his opinion is due to a good knowledge base.


The humidor is a large walk-in and has a large variety.  I wish a few other lines were carried there because they are not "box" cigars for me but the selection is good regardless.  (Wish list...Graycliff, Diesel, and Aging Room to name a few)  The cigars are always well taken care of and when you get an occasional issue, they will replace your cigar.  (Assuming it is early on)


The prices seem to be standard although some lines seem high for B&M shops but the lines they have a closer partnership with seem to be lower...I just don't tend to smoke those as much.   


Overall this is a very nice shop and is always enjoyable.  To me the people are the best part of this shop which is a big complement.  They also have events from time to time which usually is good unless you get a pushy manufacturer's rep. 


Make a stop at the Humidour and you won't be disappointed! 




Review By: Jared

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Ambiance
This includes the decor, cleanliness, and the overall surroundings.


Humidor
Size, selection, proper storage of the cigars is rated in this category.

 

Staff
Knowledge of the staff, their willingness to help, the coverage level for the store drives this rating.


Value
Prices vs. the other B&M stores.  (Knowing that internet prices are better due to lower costs)


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar shop.



Ambiance:

73


Humidor:

82


Staff:

86

Value:

88


Overall Rating:

84



Ambiance:

98


Humidor:

98


Staff:

96

Value:

96


Overall Rating:

98


Ambiance:

92


Humidor:

95


Staff:

98

Value:

93


Overall Rating:

96