Blowing Smoke: Cigars and Scandals - Part 1

Blowing Smoke: Cigars and Scandals - Part 1

The stories involving scandals and cigars have inspired our very own list of scandalous cigar recommendations. Check them and buy cigars online here!

The Clinton–Lewinsky scandal was an American political sex scandal that involved 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The sexual relationship took place between 1995 and 1997 and was revealed in 1998. Clinton ended a televised speech in late January 1998 with the statement that he "did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky".

Further investigation led to charges of perjury and to the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives. He was subsequently acquitted on all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day Senate trial. Clinton was held in civil contempt of court by Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case regarding Lewinsky and was also fined $90,000 by Wright.  

In late August 1998, the rumor of Lewinsky using a cigar as a sexual toy began making the rounds in Washington. The cigar story according to Ms. Lewinsky: "He was chewing on a cigar. And then he had the cigar in his hand, and he was kind of looking at the cigar in . . . sort of a naughty way. And so . . . I looked at the cigar and I looked at him and I said, we can do that, too, sometime."

The story continued that Monica Lewinsky masturbated with a cigar while President Clinton watched and masturbated as well. It is rumored the cigar in question was a Gurkha Grand Reserve. Gurkha Cigars was happy to announce that they were part of Oval office history.


A few “scandalous” cigars for you to try include:

#1. Gurkha Seduction Robusto Habano is a sexy cigar with a unique blend long filler from Colombia, Dominican binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It is a medium to full bodied smoke with leather overtones, chocolate, and hints of fruit.


#2. In February 2014, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the largest Irish organization in the U.S., protested the Alec Bradley product "Filthy Hooligan", a green cigar for sale leading up to St. Patrick's Day. Black Market Filthy Hooligan is a limited-edition cigar with only 2000 produced. The 2019 version is a blend of Ecuador Sumatra binder and filler from Panama and Honduras, wrapped barber pole style in a light green Candela leaf with a dark Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf. El Cigar Shop has just gotten these somewhat rare and timely cigars in stock! Check them out and buy cigars online here to order yours before they are gone!


#3. For those who want to take a walk on the dark side, the Punch Diablo Scamp is for you. The cigar is wrapped in an aged, extra dark Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro leaf. It also contains a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran Habano Ligero leaves which are bound by a Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The result is a cigar that is bold with indulgent cedar, dried fruit, leather, pepper, and coffee. Diabolic!


#4. The definition of the word insidious is "beguiling but harmful or seductive, tending to entice into a desired action or state". Asylum Insidious Toro features a smooth blonde Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Honduran long-fillers and a Honduran binder. Mellow cigar fans will enjoy the sweet cap, and notes of sweet cream, nuts, and hints of spice.


We at El Cigar Shop hope you enjoy these suggestions for our cigars, perhaps creating a few “scandals” of your own! Cheers!


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