Hav-A-Tampa wood tipped cigars no longer are made in Tampa. They're manufactured in Puerto Rico. Wherever they're made, however, the distinctive small cigar with a wood tip continues to provide a dynamic small cigar smoking experience favored by aficionados. It was the first cigar to feature the wood tip and comes in a variety of flavors including sweet, vanilla, and natural.
The brand represents the largest wood-tipped cigar product in the world. It burns with the distinctive sweet smell of wood courtesy of the unique tip. The leading Hav-A-Tampa brand is called the Jewels and like no other cigar on the market today, smokers say.
The company also manufactures affordable Phillies and Backwoods cigars along with Tampa Nugget and Tampa Sweet. The cigars used to be hand-made, but today utilizes modern machine technology to create an even smoke that never fails to satisfy. The brand continues to be a comfortable fit for cigar aficionados. The taste is flavorful, smooth, mild, and consistent.
Hav-A-Tampa Jewels are the top seller in the line. The orange box with fashionable lady is the gateway to fine smoking, many say. The tobacco stays put in the tightly rolled wrapper. A plastic tip keeps tobacco from getting in the mouth and filters the smoke evenly. It burns smoothly creating sweet-smelling plumes of smoke that are aromatic and mild, not harsh at all. The burn is magnificent as it quickly smokes down to the tip.
The brand has a long, illustrious history dating to 1902. The company was one of the first totally American owned and made with Jewels beginning production in 1931. The brand took off when ownership began shipping cigars to U.S. military installations worldwide. It was manufactured in Ybor City, Tampa, hence the Hav-A-Tampa name and sold almost a billion cigars annually through the 1990s.
The company has been an innovator in cigar making and smoking wood-tipped cigars since its inception. It introduced wood tip small cigar smoking and was the first company to employ machines to roll cigars. It also underwent turbulent financial times through the 1990s and was sold several times, first to Tabacalera, Madrid, Spain's largest tobacco manufacturer and then to Altadis U.S.A.
The company was sold to Imperial Tobacco, an English producer, in 2008. Imperial closed its Tampa facilities and relocated operations to Puerto Rico. Wherever Hav-A-Tampa wood tipped cigars are made, however, they're popular and look to continue smoking and selling for years to come.