Written by Paul Shoberg

Friday, 06 November 2009

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As I wrap up my writing for the good people at, I wanted to share some of the thingsI’ve found most rewarding about the online cigar communities, and cigar smokers in general. It’s no secret that cigar smoking and cigar smokers tend to be public pariahs when they light up their favorite cigar. Of course unless you’ve enjoyed a great cigar it’s hard to understand the benefits one can get from sharing integrate smoke.

When I started Club Stogie and Top25Cigar in 1997, I had no idea of the collective consciousness I was tapping into. I had no clue of the people I would be meeting and sharing my time off. Granted there were moments that I wondered why I stumbled into this, but those were few. More common were the phenomenal experiences that we all know too well.

Number 3 – The Manufacturer’s

The people that are responsible for growing tobacco and turning it into premium cigars are an amazing group of individuals. First off many of them have experience hardships in their life, some being Cuban expatriates, and others starting from nothing to get where they are today. Perhaps that’s what makes them one of the most generous groups of business people I have ever met. Very few industries understand customer satisfaction like those of the cigar manufacturers.

Foremost among these are the smaller family run organizations. Obviously these include the likes of the big guys like the Padrons, and the Fuentes. But as important as the large family organizations are the smaller ones like La Tradicion Cubana, Graycliff and many others.

If you are truly interested in their product, how many organizations President or CEO would personally return your call or look forward to talking with you about their product. Try that with Procter&Gamble or General Motors… not gonna happen. In the cigar industry though that is the norm. I’ve never heard of a case with the family run cigar organizations, were they haven’t gone above and beyond the call of duty to communicate with share worth and make sure their customers are unbelievably pleased with them and their product.

It’s simply a much easier to enjoy the makings of an organization when you know they have the same passion for its quality as you do.

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