My next stop was The Cigar Vault in Buda, Texas, south of Austin. The year-old shop occupies an old bank building, and the cigar humidor is actually the bank’s vault. The bank was the scene of a legendary robbery many years ago.
We were greeted warmly by Brian Foley, who made us feel right at home. The shop has plenty of leather furniture, so it’s a comfy place for a smoke and conversation. While it has lots of cigars, it does not neglect us pipe smokers, and it’s only going to get better: Brian plans to stock more pipe tobacco in the near future. A small selection of pipes, including corncobs and the work of local pipe makers, was on display, along with some tobacco. One of the featured blends is Sutliff No. 5, which is said to be a match for the soon-to-be-extinct Dunhill My Mixture 965, a favorite of mind. I haven’t tried No. 5 yet, but will when I get home. Instead, I had a bowl of Prince Albert in my Missouri Meerschaum Charles Town Cobbler.
The Cigar Vault also has coffee, wine, and craft beers.
A couple of doors away is an antique shop, which had a few estate pipes. I picked up an unsmoked rustic hardwood pipe — maple wood, I would guess.
I will definitely visit The Cigar Vault again when I return to the Austin area.