Welcome to Poppa P's Smoke Shoppe
Located inside Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, Poppa P's Smoke Shoppe provides the customer with the products and services of a true full-service tobacconist. Our beautiful walk-in humidor features one of the area’s finest selections of premium hand-rolled cigars from companies such as Arturo Fuente, AVO, Padron, Montecristo, Rocky Patel, Perdomo, Romeo y Julieta, and many others. Also in our humidor, you will find unique cigars from boutique companies such as Crowned Heads and Elogio.
Poppa P's also features a wide selection of briar pipes and a tobacco bar with over 50 different tobacco blends ranging from aromatics to English blends. If you are a cigar or pipe smoker, we have you covered! Additionally, you will find all the accessories you need including humidors, cutters, lighters, ashtrays, tampers, and more.
GUIDE TO CIGARS, PIPES & TOBACCO
PREMIUM HAND-ROLLED CIGARS
The term “hand-rolled” means just that; the cigars are completely rolled by hand without the use of any machines. A hand-rolled cigar consists of a group of different cigar leaves bunched together to form what is known as the filler. Another tobacco leaf is rolled around those leaves to hold them together, which is known as the binder. Finally, yet another completely different leaf is rolled onto the cigar, known as the wrapper. By blending various varieties of filler tobacco with the binder and wrapper, cigar makers create distinctive strength and flavor profiles for their various branded products. In addition to the varietals of tobacco, the country of origin can be one important determinant of taste, with different growing environments producing distinctive flavors.
MACHINE MADE CIGARS
Simply put, these cigars are made by machines rather than hands. Typically made with short filler tobacco (chopped up tobacco) and in mass quantities.
Tobacco pipes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the more common shapes are a Billiard, Dublin, Poker, Apple, or Calabash. There are basically three types of tobacco pipes commonly used:
BRIAR – This is the closely grained burl joint between the stem and roots of the Heath tree, which grows in rocky slopes on the hillsides of Mediterranean countries. This burl is very tough, close-grained, and porous. It will not crack when exposed to heat. Good briar is hard to find, as the larger shrubs take a very long time to mature. The most suitable root may be 80 to 100 years old, and the finest pipe briar may be from a shrub that is over 200 years old.
MEERSCHAUM – Composed of the fossilized shells of tiny sea creatures that fell to the ocean floor millions of years ago, the highest quality meerschaum is found in only one place in the world: Eskisehir, in central Turkey. Many meerschaum pipes are hand carved into works of art. The meerschaum pipe gives the tobacco a very unique, cool smoking flavor. It absorbs far more moisture than a briar pipe. The pipe starts out pearl-white and eventually becomes a beautiful deep-brown color as it breaks in. This is one of the most appealing features of this type of pipe. Meerschaum pipes are a prized addition to many smokers’ collections.
COBCORN – A great beginner pipe; if you decide pipe smoking is not for you, you haven’t spent a lot of money. Actually made from corncob, it is easily cared for, very durable, and disposable. Eventually they wear out but you can always buy another one at an affordable price.
There are many different varieties of pipe tobaccos but most will fall into one of three styles:
AROMATIC – During the manufacturing process, casings (flavors) are added to the tobacco. Some of the most common casings are chocolate, vanilla, cherry, rum and liquor. Depending on the amount of casing used, a blend in this category can also be deemed “semi-aromatic” or “lightly-aromatic.”
NON AROMATIC – A mixture that relies solely on the natural ingredients of the tobacco to derive its flavors and aroma. In many cases, the tobacco is specially aged or fermented, which increases its sweetness.
ENGLISH BLEND – A true English blend is considered to be any blend containing Oriental tobaccos, most notably Latakia. The most common English blend consists of Latakia, Virginia, and Perique. Depending on how much Latakia is mixed into the blend ultimately determines the overall strength of the mixture, described as a mild, medium, or full-bodied English blend.