I like to support locally owned and established businesses whenever possible. I also like to savor a good cigar now and then. So when I was walking down Gay Street toward High Street the other night and passed the Don Rey Cigar Shop at 11 East Gay, I had to turn in and check it out.
As its name suggests, Don Rey offers premium cigars and tobacco products. It is a relatively recent addition to the Coolest Street in Downtown Columbus, and I’d not visited before. The shop has a nice, open space with a seating area and an extensive selection of cigars lining the walls. I met the proprietor, a very friendly and extremely enthusiastic cigar aficionado who made some knowledgeable suggestions for me. He also disclosed that he hand rolls his own cigars, from a blend of Puerto Rican and Dominican tobacco, right there in the shop and gave me one for free — which seemed pretty darned generous.
I’ve never smoked a cigar that was hand-rolled by a person I’ve actually met before, so I was intrigued to give the cigar a try. I enjoyed it last night with a glass of wine, and it was excellent. In fact, I’d say it is one of the best cigars I’ve ever puffed.
If you’re on the Coolest Street in Downtown Columbus and feel like enjoying a cigar, stop by Don Rey and try one of the hand-rolled offerings. You won’t be disappointed.