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Daily Smokers Versus Connoisseurs
Written by Kevin Godbee

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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If you read between the lines of what I’ve already written you will no doubt be thinking that cigars are almost a way of life for the true connoisseur, and you would be right. At the very least cigars are a connoisseur’s hobby and it’s one that they indulge in with an intensity that can be almost breath-taking.

And now that we’ve looked at what marks a cigar smoker as a connoisseur, let’s take a look at what might be at the other end of the scale. And here just let me say that I’m not trying to put down daily smokers as people who are in some way inferior to connoisseurs, because I’m not.

It really is a case of what is important to you and what works for you here. There is no reason why a daily cigar smoker can’t enjoy his cigars just as much as a connoisseur does.

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So what are the things to look for in a daily cigar smoker?

He or She Is a Happy Smoker

Now I’m not implying that connoisseurs are sad in any way, but for daily smokers things like vintage are not important. Sure he or she might bring a box of cigars home from the store and unpack them into a humidor, but it’s the humidor where they keep the cigars that they are currently smoking.

Some of their cigars might get to age just a little but that’s only because it might take a week or two - or even longer - to smoke a whole box of cigars.

Smoke a Cigar Is Not A Major Event

Sure, some daily smokers might like to settle back after a hard day’s work and enjoy a good cigar, but it’s not the major event that it can be for a connoisseur. Heck they might even light up during a break at work or perhaps on the way home from work and they’re probably going to expect to have their cigar smoking interrupted by the outside world.

 






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

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
Kevin,
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
IMO

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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