Mehari’s cigars
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  • Hamlet has a place as a market leader, but for value for money, I think Dutch-manufactured ‘Mehari’s’ are a strong contender

    • by Andrew HN Gray

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      One of the fields the Dutch have had a lead in for centuries is in tobacco products. I went to a school founded on the fortune made by a man who went to Holland to work in that business and who invested his riches in a school he founded and which still bears his name.

      Although the Cubans have the benefit of high-quality tobaccos from their own harvest, the Dutch, as an old trading nation, have been used to seeking out their tobaccos from around the world and, of course, there are many varieties to sample.

      In the case of small cigars, there are several on the market. They are the nearest competitors to the vast cigarette market

      that exists, since big cigars and pipes are quite different beasts. In this market, there are several products available in the UK. There are the likes of Castella and similar popular cigars. Hamlet has a place as a market leader, but for value for money, I think Dutch-manufactured ‘Mehari’s’ are a strong contender.

      When the price of smaller cigars is taken into account, considering ‘Hamlet’ as a direct competitor to ‘Mahari’s’, I find that the price shows ‘Mehari’s’ to be at a level of 10 for £5.60, whereas ‘Hamlet’ are £4.00 for five. Each takes a similar time to smoke, but there are twice as many in a packet of ‘Mehari’s’. That demonstrates good value ...

      • for money for the Dutch cigar over the British.

        What qualities, as a cigar does a ‘Mehari’ have? Well, simply put, it has a rich taste. It is a smooth smoker and doesn’t catch the back of your throat like some, cheaper cigars. It doesn’t burn up in two minutes like a cigarette either. A smoker can expect a good ten minutes with a ‘Mehari’ and longer if you put it down between puffs and relight when you want another drag. It can be made to last an evening, if economics mean that you want your money’s worth (and more). It isn’t advertised as an economy cigar, but, in tough times, it can pay to buy a

        better quality product and ‘Mehari’s’ fall into that category. They also don’t have a tendency to unravel as many cheap cigars do, to my intense irritation. They don’t stick to your lip either, which can sometimes leave a raw place as you pull the shred of tobacco off and a bit of lip with it. In the main, I would class them as more of a ‘cheroot’, that is a small, tightly-wrapped, stronger-flavoured smoke, rather than a panatella. It’s a product which accompanies whisky or brandy – and, indeed, a strong coffee also – very well. It is contemplative smoke, a relaxing smoke. Something pleasant to wind the day to a close with.

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