US Army Birthday

Friday, June 14 2019

Join Embassy Cigar Lounge, The Globe & Laurel Restaurant, and Barley Naked Brewing in celebration of the 244th birthday of the United States Army! BBQ buffet and beer specials 4-9PM. No cover. No cut fee.

Embassy Cigar Lounge and Globe & Laurel Restaurant Football Tailgates

Join us at the Embassy Cigar Lounge and Globe & Laurel Restaurant starting the week-end of September 8th and 9th for the “ECL Football Tailgates”.  We have 3 High-Definition screens for watching the games.

  • On Saturday, September 8th the ECL will open from noon until 10:00 PM for College Football.
  • On Sunday, September 9th the ECL will open from noon till 8:00 PM for NFL Football.

We are planning to have some typical tailgate items such as brats, dogs, ribs, and chicken fingers, accompanied by potato salad, and coleslaw.  Of course we will also have some quality smokes for you to choose from as well as orders from the bar.

We are planning an ECL Tailgate the same hours every Saturday and Sunday throughout football season.

The Black Label Trading Company

Black Label Trading Co., established in 2013, was born out of a passion for cigars and a love of Nicaraguan tobacco. James Brown, cigar maker, Sommelier, contemporary artist, adventure traveler and entrepreneur has spent the last several years living in and exploring the tobacco regions of Central America.  Royalty, Benediction, Salvation, Lawless & Last Rites were among the first blends released.

I wanted to create something different, an experience, to re-think cigar making and make premium small batch cigars to the highest standards.  These are the cigars I wanted to smoke”.

“In January, 2015 we opened our own boutique factory; Oveja Negra (Black Sheep) taking ownership of the entire process to ensure 100% quality from seed to ash”.


Black Label Trading Company

Cigar: Last Rites (5X54) Full Body

An unforgettable full body smoke with complex layers of cedar, coffee and Chocolate.

The rich, earthy coco finish lingers on the palate

Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras

Binder: Honduras

Wrapper: Aged Ecuadorian Maduro


Black Works Studio

Black Label Trading Company-Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) launched in December 2015 with Killer Bee, NBK & Rorschach.  “I have always looked at cigar making as an art form and BLK WKS is another expression of what I can do as a cigar maker and brand owner”.

Cigar:  NBK (5X50) Full Body

Filler: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian  

New Owners and Upgrades to the Lounge

We have exciting news. The new owners of the Embassy Cigar Lounge are:

Art Bennet
Charlie Curry
Khalil Karadshi
Dave Knapp
Rick Spooner
Major Spooner
Mike Truelove
We’ve been making some upgrades to the lounge to include a much larger selection of premium cigars at competitive prices. We’ve also reduced the annual fee for locker owners and are adding new lockers.
Keep an eye on the calendar as we will be opening the lounge earlier on Saturdays starting in September for College Football and on Sunday for NFL Football. We’ve added a new big screen HDTV to enhance viewing.
We’ve delineated cutting fees, added a new humidor with another on its way.

Manuel Inoa Coming to the Embassy Cigar Lounge!

The Embassy Cigar Lounge is pleased to announce that Manuel Inoa, the Master Blender at La Aurora and the man behind La Aurora Cigars’ most sought after blends will be conducting an exclusive blending seminar in the lounge on Friday, 15 April 2016 from 6 –9 PM.

This will be by reservation only and we only have 25 seats available.  First come – first served.  Reserve your place at the seminar by pre-purchasing your blending kit for $65 + tax.  Locker holders will receive a 10% discount.  In addition to the seminar, your blending kit will contain:

  • 4 region specific pure grade cigars
  • 1 “Event Exclusive” La Aurora Chameleon
  • 1 La Aurora Preferido #3 (named one of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 50 Cigars)
  • La Aurora Cutter & Lighter


Make your reservation now by coming into the lounge and purchasing a ticket.  We will hold on to the kits until the day of the event.

The original cigar factory in Dominican Republic

La Aurora was founded on October 3rd, 1903 by Eduardo León Jimenes, the hardworking son and grandson of tobacco growers.  Without neglecting family tradition, he decided to go a step further with the creation of a cigar brand which global appeal.  The founder, then only 18 years old, inherited some “tareas” of land and with a roster of six employees, great enthusiasm and much effort, began to build his dream. Today, more than 112 years later, La Aurora has a presence on five continents, 70 countries and more than a 1,000 employees.

The CAO Pilon is in our inventory!

large-cao_pilon_rob_boxCAO is known for their laundry list of 90+ rated blends and for being one of the most innovative brands in the industry. Now with their new release, CAO Pilon, they are resurrecting a seldom used and costly fermentation method, the circular pilon. A standard tobacco pilon is basically a pile of tobacco ‘hands,’ which are 10-15 tobacco leaves tied together, that are allowed to heat up and ferment. With a circular pilon the hands are carefully layered in a circular pattern, with the payoff being that the tobacco ferments at a slower rate which enhances the flavor.

CAO Pilon comes dressed in a dazzling Ecuador Habano wrapper, encasing the binder and long-fillers from Nicaragua. This cigar is medium-bodied and packs flavor in droves with delicious notes of spice, cedar, pepper, nuts, and cocoa. CAO Pilon is a rich and hearty blend that continues CAO’s string of hits.

CAO Pilon received an impressive 90-rating from Cigar Aficionado.

Scotch 101 6-8 pm on Friday, 29 January

scotchWe are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Scotch 101: Scotch tasting and class hosted by Matt Archibald on 29 January. Matt served in the Canadian Army for 13 years and chewed some dirt with plenty of Marines in Helmand and now is a professor at JHU. He is also a huge scotch aficionado and routinely hosts events and teaches about scotch. Matt will go through a little background of scotch, then do a structured tasting, show people how to taste it, etc. For more on Matt, check out his FB site:

The price is $20 per person and $10 for members.  Some excellent Scotches and cigars have been ordered for this event.  Three cigars that will be available are reviewed in the links below:

Oliva Melanio Serie V and My Father El Centurion H2K in Stock

We now have Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year from Last Year – the Oliva Melanio Serie V back in stock.  We also have Cigar Snob’s No. 1 Cigar for 2015 – The My Father El Centurion H2K in stock.

What Cigar Aficionado had to say about the Oliva Melanio Serie V

“One look at the sharply pressed corners and carefully curved head and foot of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado tells you this is no ordinary cigar. The Nicaraguan smoke represents the pinnacle of achievement for Oliva Cigar Co. The Oliva Cigar story began in the late 1800s, when Melanio Oliva started growing cigar tobacco in Cuba. His heirs carried on the family tradition in the fields, but it was his grandson Gilberto Oliva Sr. who began making cigars.
As with so many cigar stories, Gilberto Oliva Sr. faced a difficult road. He left his native Cuba in 1964, and eventually started working for the Plasencia family in Honduras. In 1995 he and his son Gilberto Jr. created a cigar within Plasencia’s factory called Gilberto Oliva. A year later, they set out to open a factory of their own, and shortened their brand name to Oliva.
Business was tough in those days, and Oliva struggled. Faced with dwindling reserves of cash, in a cost-cutting move they turned to Gilberto Sr.’s robust stocks of Nicaraguan tobacco, which changed the flavor profile of Oliva cigars at a time when the interest in Nicaraguan flavor was increasing.
Nicaraguan tobacco helped Oliva survive. The cigar that brought it to the attention of connoisseurs debuted in 2006: Oliva Serie V. Made by a small group of rollers and blended for strength and style, the Serie V line was an immediate hit. In 2012, to pay tribute to the first man in the family to grow cigar tobacco, Oliva added the Melanio version, which is distinguished from the original by its Sumatra-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. The Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado has rich, big notes of leather framed by a range of coffee, caramel and woody intonations. It’s a classic smoke.
Oliva’s cigars have appeared on our Top 25 list nine times in a row. This is the first time the company has been named Cigar of the Year.”

What Cigar Snob had to say about the My Father El Centurion H2K:

“The hits just keep on coming from the father-and-son blending duo of Pepín and Jaime García. My Father has built a fiercely loyal following thanks to its consistently high quality and calling-card smooth strength. With this cigar, they bring something new not only to their repertoire but also to the cigar world in general: a Habano 2000 wrapper grown in Connecticut. It took some experimentation, but all that work the Garcías did paid off; it’s a novel idea that results in exciting flavors, wonderful balance and a profile that’s unlike anything we’ve smoked from My Father. That said, the patently Nicaraguan binder and filler blend are there to remind you where the cigar came from. It’s a package that earned a rating of 95 from our panel—only the second 95 rating we’ve ever given—making it our 2015 Cigar of the Year.”

GoDaddy’s 2015 Tribute to the United States Marine Corps

November 10, 2015 is the 240th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Join me as I honor my fellow Marines, past and present, with this 2015 annual birthday tribute video. If you’re serving in the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, I want to personally thank you and wish you a Happy Veterans Day. You keep our country safe with your service, and your commitment makes us proud. We’re very excited to announce that we’re increasing our support of the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund. This year, the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation — with support from GoDaddy — will match donations up to a total of $10 million from now until the end of the year. These funds provide support directly to wounded members of the armed forces and their families. Please consider a donation today.

Bob Parsons
Founder, GoDaddy