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.
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.
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.”