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Cigars and cigar aficionados discuss their favorite cigars, humidors, cigar accessories and more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

About Us - Thompson Cigar

Thompson Cigar was founded in Key West, Florida, in 1915 and is the oldest mail order cigar company in the country. In fact, Thompson still holds Postal Permit #1 for Tampa. Thompson Cigar has always been devoted to delivering a wide selection of products covering all price ranges and tastes. The various Thompson private label cigars reflect our keen desire to provide to you the finest cigars at a fraction of what a comparable national brand would cost.

To help in your cigar buying decision process, our call center is manned by 200 trained professionals ready to provide personalized customer service. Some of our representatives have been with Thompson for over 20 years; their knowledge is unmatched in the industry. If you have a question about a cigar, whether it's one of our own house brands or a national brand, we can help.

To ensure that the product we ship to you is as fresh the day we received it, the Thompson Cigar Company operates the largest inventory storage humidor in the United States - over 300,000 cubic feet of storage space. No need to wonder whether or not the cigar you're buying has been lying around some hot and dry warehouse.

Our on-site retail store has been called the best-kept secret in Tampa! It's open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and carries the same fine inventory available through our catalog and web site, as well as all the accessories In addition, we often have daily specials with amazing discount prices available only here!

Contact us:
Business Address:
Thompson Cigar
5401 Hangar Court
Tampa, FL 33634

Mailing addresss:
Thompson Cigar
P.O. Box 30303
Tampa, FL 33630-3303

We can be reached via the following methods:
fax: 813-882-4605
Phone Orders 800-237-2559
Customer Service Phone: 800-573-9099
Our hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 7 AM - 6 PM EST

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Ask Al Remp - Cigar Expert

Who is Al Remp?
Al Remp is a product specialist and trainer for Thompson Cigar with 46 years experience in the cigar industry. Here is his biographical info:

Al began as a salesman for Roi-Tan cigars in 1960. From that position he was selected to represent a new cigar entry - Mureil Cigars as a District Manager. He was later promoted to Regional Manager and remained there for 25 years.

Moving to a new challenge, Al joined M+N cigars as National Sales Manager to re-structure the field sales division. After that was completed, he started another challenge. Al was in charge of creating seven brands in the Dominican Republic and Honduras as a Senior V.P., Sales and Manufacturing. He developed all strategies from inception to retail sales.

From there, Al moved on to Director of Sales for Davidoff. His mission was the selection of products in keeping with the high quality of the Davidoff brand.

Each step of progress throughout the years enriched his knowledge and understanding of the cigar industry. Credit to that end goes to senior management along the path and to all the retailers Al worked with. After retirement, Al joined Thompson Cigar as a product specialist and trainer.

Al Remp Column #1 - A Quick History
Al Remp Column #2 - When to enjoy Cigars
Al Remp Column #3 - Selecting the Right Cigars for Manufacturing
Al Remp Column #4 - Creating a Cigar Brand
Al Remp Column #5 - Finding the Right Cigar Blend and Presentation
Al Remp Column #6 - Cigar Wrappers Influence Appearance Taste and Aroma
Al Remp Column #7 - Shapes and Sizes of Cigars
Al Remp Column #8 - More about Cigar Wrappers
Al Remp Column #9 - Time to Smoke a Cigar
Al Remp Column #10 - Trying Different Cigars
Al Remp Column #11 - Proper Cigar Storage Tips
Al Remp Column #12 - Humidor Maintenance and Care
Al Remp Column #13 - Cigar Cutters
Al Remp Column #14 - Small Cigars are becoming popular
Al Remp Column #15 - Tips on Lighting a Cigar
Al Remp Column #16 - Mix-Filler Small Cigars Explained
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