The Christmas season is upon us. For cigar lovers, this is a perfect excuse

to indulge and order up a nice selections of stogies. For those who live in Whitehorse, there happens to be a store where you can get the best cigars Cuba has to offer.

In the heart of downtown on Main Street is Midnight Sun Emporium. The shop is popular with tourists and locals alike, but nestled behind a display counter is a cabinet humidor with a vast selection of Cuban cigars.

It’s really neat to see this display. It’s not often that you come across a place that specializes only in Cuban cigars. Some of you may wonder what’s the difference between a Cuban and a non-Cuban. Let me enlighten you.

No one knows the specific point in time when cigar smoking began. We do know the native Americans were fond of it, and somewhere along the lines, Cuba began to grow tobacco. They grew it for hundreds of years, and became very good at it. It is even said that the tobacco grown in Cuba is the very best.

According to popular opinion, Cuba has the best climate and soil for tobacco, and since the industry is regulated by the government, a lot of care goes into the production. Now, this is not to say that cigars produced in other countries are not good. You can find optimum cigars in any tobacco producing country. However, Cuba does have a special place in the cigar world. Personally, I have never come across a Cuban that I did not like.

Let’s also not forget, Cuba is the home of the popular luxury brand of cigars called Cohibas. This line was first created as a personal cigar for former Cuban President Fidel Castro. It didn’t take long for these cigars to be sold to the public due to the superior quality. However, Cohiba is not the only star in the Cuban cigar world. Ramone Allones has a selection of special edition cigars which would give Cohiba a run for its money.

Ramone Allones is made in the Partagas factory, but takes on a unique taste of its own. I had the pleasure of having one once, I could not find a flaw if I tried. It is a strong smoke, lots of spice, cedar, and licorice. The construction was beautiful, and the smoke had a pleasing aroma. For Whitehorse residents you happen to be in luck. Midnight Sun Emporium is currently carrying Ramone Allones Special Edition at $70 per stick. I can assure you, it is well worth the price and this cigar will definitely make a lasting impression on the recipient.

With Ramone Allones aside, there are the popular Romeo y Julietta and Montecristo brands, which are staple products in the Cuban cigar industry. Both of these cigar houses have a strong reputation, and you can find a wide selection at Midnight Sun with a price range of $7 to $70 per cigar.

Some other popular brands Midnight Sun carries are Guantanamera Cristales, la Flor de Cano Selectos, and Jose El Piedra Brevas. These stogies range from $11 to $20 each.

Again, I’m not saying Cuban cigars are the absolute best compared to non-Cubans, but what I can say is that any cigar lover would be happy to receive one.