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Cigar Subscription Boxes & Clubs

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Shane K.

Cigar clubs and cigar subscription boxes have exploded in popularity in recent years. The cigar industry is simply following the trend set by – you guessed it – Dollar Shave Club. While Dollar Shave Club isn’t the first subscription service to innovate with a DTC (direct-to-consumer) business model, the company is certainly one of the most successful thanks to the viral Dollar Shave Club video launched by brand founder Michael Dubin a decade ago. Subscribe to the service, and you receive razors, shaving cream, soap, grooming accessories, and much more curated to your preferences and shipped to your doorstep for an everyday low price.

For many, eliminating the physical shopping experience is the ultimate convenience. Spurred by venture capitalists, eyewear company Warby Parker adopted a similar strategy to accommodate consumers who want to try on their eyewear at home. Subscription clubs exist for coffee, wine, books, chocolate, sneakers, clothing, watches, cologne, meat, and almost anything you can imagine. Why not get great cigars, selected by professionals, sent straight to your home, too?

Cigar clubs sell cigar assortments and send them to you. Shipping is often free, and you can sign up for varying cigar quantities or order frequencies. Some cigar clubs tailor their selections to your taste buds based on what you like to eat or drink and other cigars you’re fond of. Cigar subscriptions are a fun way to try new cigars, especially for new cigar lovers. That’s why they make great gifts. Some clubs rely on crowd-sourced feedback to curate the cigars they feature. Others have relationships with cigar-makers who want to promote new cigars or are willing to create special blends for subscription services.

Are Cigar Clubs Worth It?

Cigar clubs are most appealing to newer aficionados who want to smoke new cigars on a regular basis. If you’ve already got a good palate for premium cigars and you tend to stick with certain brands, join a cigar club if you’re interested in branching out, but don’t expect to receive the same cigars you already buy when you sign up. Cigar clubs provide variety for connoisseurs who want to experiment.

Cigar subscriptions also make excellent gifts. Like many gift buyers, when you’re unfamiliar with cigars, shopping for the right brands can be tough if you don’t know what your dad, brother, or boss likes to smoke. Buying a cigar club subscription is a great way to turn them on to new cigars selected by experts.

Cigar Subscriptions & Club Benefits

Here are some of the benefits cigar clubs offer:

  • A cigar club is a great way to try new cigars and develop your palate.
  • You can smoke cigars from around the world that may be hard to find in your area, especially if you don’t live near a premium cigar retailer.
  • Some memberships will tailor their selections to your preferences for strength and tasting notes.
  • Although most cigar lovers enjoy visiting cigar shops, you’ll save time by getting your cigars shipped to you.
  • In most cases, shipping is free.
  • You’ll save money because many cigar clubs offer a discount off the individual price of each cigar when you sign up for a monthly package.
  • Cigar subscriptions make great cigar gifts for friends, family, and coworkers who appreciate a good cigar.
  • In most cases, the folks who assemble the cigar selections are experts. They want to provide you with popular cigars you’ll enjoy for a great value.
  • You can cancel any time.

Our Cigar Club

Join our Holt’s Cigar of the Month Club today! We send five new cigars directly to your home every month. We offer monthly, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month membership packages. Save the most when you sign up for the longest duration. Our cigar of the month club selections include top-shelf cigars from prestigious brands like Ashton, Arturo Fuente, My Father, Padrón, Oliva, Davidoff, and more, as well as small-batch cigars from Tatuaje, La Flor Dominicana, and E.P. Carrillo. In every shipment we include a diverse mix of brands, countries, strengths, and flavor profiles from today’s top cigar-makers. Shipping is free, automatic discounts are built in to each assortment, and you also receive a detailed “Tasting Report” that outlines the attributes for each cigar and features a rating from the experts at Holt’s. 

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