Written by Kevin Godbee

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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Daily SmokerI’m not sure that I’m altogether comfortable with adding labels to people. There never seems to be a situation where a label quite fits everyone that you might want to categorize with it.


For example a guy who smokes cigars every day may be a cigar connoisseur, but not every guy who smokes cigars daily is a connoisseur. So to suggest that a cigar connoisseur is someone who smokes cigars every day would be wrong.

In motoring with the original sports utility vehicles, you have a vehicle that’s more than a car but less than a truck. When it comes to cigar smoking many of us are perhaps more than just a daily cigar smoker but something less than a full-blown connoisseur.

So what are the things that go to make a cigar smoker a connoisseur? What should you look for in a cigar smoker that marks him or her as a connoisseur?

Vintage Is Important

You can pick a cigar connoisseur by the age of the cigars they smoke. Just buying premium cigars from their local cigar supplier and smoking them straight from the box or the wrapping doesn’t work for these people; they will want to add a little extra aging of their own.

When they bring cigars home from the store they’ll take them out of the box or the wrapping and put them into a humidor and leave them there for the period of time that they know is right for that particular cigar brand and the tobacco that is in the cigar.


0 # painted pictures on extremes.Ji 2009-10-20 15:16

I'm not sure if it was the intent of the article, but the picture you painted of both the connoisseur and daily smoker are extremes. I may be wrong, but I don't think any person daily smoker or connoisseur would proudly associate themselves within your depiction.

If the intent of the article was to put most of the cigar smoking population in the vague area, then I think you've succeeded. I know I fall into that category.

Thanks for the interesting read.

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0 # Good styleJaq 2009-10-23 04:15
that is a piece no doubt born out of experience and observation. I think you present a valid picture of the cigar population. I for one do not smoke daily but neither am I a connoisseur. The article will provoke many think where they lay on this spectrum. Good read.

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0 # Mixed feelings Ron1369 2009-10-28 11:21
I have to say that after reading your article I have mix feelings, I used to consider myself a connoisseur, but now that I read your description or idea to what a connoisseur is, I would have to say I do not consider myself anything like what you think in your heart is a connoisseur.
I do not consider myself what you call an everyday smoker either although I smoke cigars everyday of my life. I have a very wide collection of big name cigars and if you seen all the cigars I own you might put me into your connoisseur category , however I do not go to the extremes that your connoisseur goes through.
I do in some ways mirror your everyday smoker, However when it comes to trying to only pay $1.00 for a good cigar , then that is where I have to take myself out of that category. If I can get a good hand rolled cigar for cheap I will most definitely go out of my way to get them but I am not going to turn down a good cigar just because of the price being more than a good shirt or a pair of shoes or maybe even the cost of a mortgage payment for a box of them.
Perhaps I do fit into the category you put most cigar smokers, like I said , I have mixed feeling now about where I am in the cigar smoking world.

Just another thing that makes you go Hmm!!8)

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0 # Daily Smokers Versus ConnoisseursThurman 2009-11-17 00:53

I think to some extent ciagrs are our hobby. Is it determined whether you smoke once a week, everyday or just smoke high end cigars?

True, the more know about cigars the greater the pleasure you get from smoking them. Does that make you a connoisseur? Cigars enthusiats are like wine drinkers. Some wine drinkers think the best wine comes from Napa, end of story. For myself, I have my own preference on what I want in a cigar. Just because the cigar you smoke cost more does not make you a connoisseur. I had a high end cigar that I would not buy because it did not suit my taste. I'm not going to force myself to enjoy a cigar just because it a high end brand.

The bottom line is I smoke what I like. I'd don't like the labels.

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0 # Not this or thatRoger D Metoxen 2012-12-04 13:31
I just Like/Love smoking cigars. I am not a catagory I am a cigar smoker period. Heck I even smoke a machine made once in a while, like I said cigar smoker NOT Snob

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