Phillies (cigar)

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Founded1910; 109 years ago (1910) (as Philadelphia Hand Made)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
FoundersBayuk brothers
ParentAltadis U.S.A., Inc.

Phillies is a brand of American-made cigars, originally made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which the brand takes its name. Phillies cigars, originally produced by Bayuk Cigars, Inc., are presently manufactured by Altadis U.S.A., Inc., the American subsidiary of Spanish-based Altadis S.A., which is in turn owned by Imperial Tobacco.[1]

The original cigar, introduced by the Bayuk brothers[2] in 1910, was named the Philadelphia Hand Made and popularly shortened by the smoking public to "Phillies", a nickname that eventually became the brand name.[3]

Phillies sizes include Black Max, Blunt, Cheroot, Cigarillo, Mexicali Slim, Mini Blunt, Panatella, Perfecto, Sweet, Tip, Titan and now Phillies Finest.

Phillies Blunt flavors include banana, berry, chocolate aroma, coconut, coffee, cognac, greene de menthe, honey, mango, peach, piña colada, rum, sambuca, sour apple, strawberry, sweet vanilla, sugar, tequila, watermelon, grape, and cinnamon. Barrel O' Blunt cigars are Phillies Blunts packaged in 50-pack "barrels".

The Phillies cigar is immortalized in Edward Hopper's painting, Nighthawks, in which a diner is topped by an advertisement for Phillies along with an illustration of a cigar above the words "Only 5¢."


  1. ^ "Altadis Buys Control of JR Cigars" by David Savona, October 10, 2003
  2. ^ Israelowitz, Oscar (2006). Jewish New Jersey in Vintage Photographs. Brooklyn, NY: Israelowitz Publishing. p. 113. ISBN 1-878741-59-4.
  3. ^ "Cigar History 1910-1960". National Cigar Museum. Retrieved 5 August 2011.