We told you in March about Table 36 Cigars, a new St. Louis-based company gearing up to debut its first run of premium cigars. Last night, Table 36 officially released its Fellowship cigars at an outdoor soiree at Growlers Pub in Sunset Hills, and tobacco fans turned out en masse to get a taste of the new line.
"This is what a cigar event should be like," says Table 36 CEO Bob Atchisson as he surveyed the crowded patio, filled with a cross section of cigar lovers sporting tattoo sleeves and business suits in roughly equal numbers. Unlike some companies, which might send a rep to push cigars at a local store for a few hours, Atchisson says Table 36 plans to partner with various local companies for full-blown events. At the Growler's party, for example, guests were able to sample Table 36's wares paired with Cedar Lake wine, Fitz's soda, Three Avocados coffee and Kakao chocolate.
"We hope to get people to realize this is something special," says Atchisson of the Fellowship line, adding that his next mission is to find a barbecue purveyor to partner with. Plans are also in the works to promote Table 36 events further west in St. Joseph and Lee's Summit, where the cigars are also available.
The premium smokes were developed in conjunction with the Alec Bradley Cigar Company of Miami, which also produces the Family Blend, the Tempus and the Prensado, which recently garnered the top spot on Cigar Aficionado's annual best-of list. The line comes in four sizes: Corona Gorda, Robusto, Toro and V58. The cigars are available at 14 spots around the state, including 10 in the St. Louis area. Click here for a list of stores that carry them.
Table 36, 20 Willow Oak Drive, table36.com