Former Cigar Aficionado cover subject Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter built his music empire with a cigar in hand, so it seems only natural that he’s creating a backstage “gentlemen’s club,” replete with cigars and whiskey, for his upcoming summer tour with Justin Timberlake.
According to multiple news outlets, Jay-Z has invited a professional torcedor he met at a party to go on the road with him and roll cigars in the backstage club for his and Timberlake’s “Legends of the Summer Tour,” which kicks off in July. The luxurious club is being billed as an homage of sorts to the legendary Rat Pack.
While the details of the blend the torcedore will be rolling are scant, it’s a safe bet the rapper will be bringing some already rolled cigars with him. Jay-Z is known for being a fan of Davidoff Zino Platinums and Cuban cigars, as detailed in his 2009 interview with the magazine:
"I like Montecristos—those are probably some of my favorites," Jay-Z says, referring to Cuban versions of that brand. "But I like a bit of everything: Romeo y Julieta, Partagás. One of my first favorites was Dunhills, when I first started smoking them. But I go back and forth. I think it's like anything else: sure, you can find good, inexpensive cigars, but the things that are really good are the ones that cost.
"I like them bigger but mild. It gives the appearance of smoking something heavy—but it's not. It's just relaxing. I don't know the lingo—like 'It's got an oaky flavor,' stuff like that. It's just based on what I like. No one schooled me in cigars, like no one schooled me in how to buy art or drink wine," he says, although his taste in wine is pretty exquisite, such as Sassicaia, the great Italian wine. But, he continues, "A cigar is like a gift you give yourself. I smoke at times when I'm relaxing, or celebrating."