You should

Taste your cigar

Spill box

You should

Taste your cigar

A Commonwealth Cedar Spill is Spanish Cedar; just like your humidor. Since it contains very little oil or resin compared to other types of cedar, there are almost no other substances or aromatics to contaminate or interfere with your cigar.

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Spill Box Spills

The Spills

Simply put: Roast and Toast, don’t Torch and Scorch.

A Commonwealth Cedar Spill is specifically designed for the cigar smoker to get the most out of their cigar by enabling the ignition process to start slowly. This enables the true flavors and aromatics of the tobaccos to come forth as the cigar maker intended.

Not commonly seen, and used only sparingly today by those who are either curious or connoisseurs of all things cigar, a spill is an instrument of refinement. A spill box filled with Commonwealth Cedar Spills is a unique and discerning gift for the cigar smoker in your life or anyone who enjoys a respite from the routine. Commonwealth Cedar Spills enhance and extend that time as smoking a cigar should never be rushed…neither should lighting one.

A Commonwealth Cedar Spill: the best way to light and taste your cigar.

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*40 character limit for
text along the spill

Customize your spills

When placing an order, the customer tells us the name and/or uploads a logo to be applied to the spillbox top & the actual spills. If no logo or text is provided the Commonwealth Cedar Spills logo & tagline appear as you have previously seen.

 

Universal Lango

Smoking is a universal tradition of the world. Don’t see your languge here? Supply us with the correct translation or custom text and there ya’ go.

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*40 character limit for text

Customize your spillbox

Add a custom message in any language or add your company logo* to your spillboxes. Make a gift truly custom by adding the recipient’s name to their spillbox.

Options

Standard Box

  1. Wood type: Birch
    Standard Birch Spillbox

Large Box

  1. Wood type: Birch
    Large Birch Spillbox
  2. Wood type: Walnut
    Large Walnut Spillbox
  3. Wood type: Mahogony
    Large Mahogony Spillbox
  4. Wood type: Colonel’s Red
    Large Colonels Red Spillbox

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The History

The history of spills, cedar spills and lighting cigars.

A spill is a slender piece of wood or twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, campfires or fireplaces. Before more modern inventions such as lighters and chemical matchsticks, a cedar spill was the traditional method to light a cigar.

Wood of various lengths, thickness and species were torn into narrow strips and lit with whatever flame source was handy. Cigars were slowly roasted and toasted, allowing the oils and water within the tobacco leaves to slowly smolder, ignite and reveal almost immediately the full flavor and aroma of the cigar.

Regardless of what method you use to light your cigar, take your time when doing so.

A link to my favorite movie from the 80's (for obvious reasons) starring one of my all time favorite actors and cigar aficionados.

The CCS Story

Before matches, torch lighters and industrialization spills were used to light cigars. Wood of various lengths, thickness and species were torn into narrow strips and lit with whatever flame source was handy. Cigars were slowly roasted and toasted allowing the oils and water within the tobacco leaves to slowly smolder, ignite and reveal almost immediately the full flavor and aroma of the cigar.

Commonwealth Cedar Spills began with the intention to return to this worthy tradition. A Commonwealth Cedar Spill is specifically designed for the cigar smoker to get the most out of their cigar by enabling the ignition process to start slowly and enabling the true flavors and aromatics of the tobaccos to come forth as the cigar maker intended. A Commonwealth Cedar Spill is Spanish Cedar; just like that in your humidor, and since it contains very little oil or resin (compared to other types of cedar) when lit there is little to no introduction of other substances or aromatics to interfere or contaminate your cigar.

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Materials

We use the highest grade A and AA quality Spanish Cedar wood; which is actually Mahogany (the same species of wood that is used in humidors to protect your cigars) to light your delicious smokes. Since it contains very little oil or resin compared to other types of cedar, there are almost no other substances or aromatics to contaminate or interfere with your cigar.

There are many different types of cedar, like Western Red Cedar, Incense Cedar or those cedar chips you place in a pet cage. Using any of these to light a cigar could release the oils, water and resins that naturally occur in the wood and penetrate your cigar, altering the flavor.

Our Spanish Cedar spills preserve and protect the taste or flavor of a cigar, compared to lighting with a chemical head matchstick or butane lighter. Either of these could scorch or contaminate the tobacco, oils and water within a cigar. They can also contain gelatin, wax, clay, butane or other chemicals that could interfere with the flavor of your cigar.

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Meet the Pres

Tom Person founded the company with the goal of ensuring every cigar smoker taste their cigar from foot to finish  Tom continues his adventure by trying new cigars whenever possible to refine and expand his palette.  As he travels the U.S., it confirms his belief that the cigar business succeeds due to the dedication of families on the farm, in the factories, around the cigar maker & inside the local tobacconists shop.

“I see a lot of activity in the cigar community that excites and inspires me. Cigars are like passports to an exclusive club. That clubhouse grows as more and better products come to market. My challenge right now is to educate cigar smokers to the history and benefits of using a cedar spill when lighting a cigar.  Commonwealth Cedar Spills is dedicated to making sure that the cigar smoker gets the most out of every stick.  Cigar prices are not declining any time soon, so use a Commonwealth Cedar Spill to maximize your smoking experience.”

The Buzz

A Confident Expression

I have said for a long time: “Cigarettes are a nervous habit, Cigars are a confident expression”. I mean no disrespect or contempt to anyone that may choose to smoke a cigarette or any other legal substance for that matter, you are an adult, you make your own choices and take responsibilities for your own thoughts and actions (I hope). To me cigars are on one level simply a new flavor to excite and arouse my palette – and with so many choices and boutique cigar makers out there it is a great time to be a cigar aficionado. I suppose it is for much the same reason that as an adult I do not drink Kool-Aid anymore, it is...

A new effort for the Bespoke Cigar smoker

Cannot say a lot about this effort or project right now but it does represent our single largest production run of custom cedar spills. More details in the coming weeks but for now all I can say its part of a great gift for anyone who enjoys the ritual and tradition of a fine cigar experience.
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The Technique

There is a delicate art to lighting your cigar

    1. Light the spill (or have it lit for you) while holding the spill at a slight down angle.
    2. Continue to hold the spill at a slight down angle as the flame grows. Remember these are spills not fuses or sparklers.
    3. Place the list spill near the foot of your cigar as you slowly roll the cigar with your fingers.
    1. Puff a few times roasting and toasting your cigar to a bright orange glow; enjoying its full flavor as the cigar maker intended.
    2. Extinquish the spill and/or place the entire spill in an ashtray.

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