Daily Smokers Versus Connoisseurs
Written by Kevin Godbee

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

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Why Do Any Research?

While a daily smoker may join in the conversations on cigar websites and may have one or two of them bookmarked, he or she is not going to follow the weather patterns in any of the South American countries where the best tobacco is grown. And they won’t know which years were good growing years and which ones weren’t so good.

Any research a daily smoker will do might consist of talking to the owner and clerks in their local cigar store, and they’ll weigh the advice up against the asking price for the cigars that he enjoys.

Price Is Important

A true daily cigar smoker will buy more on price than on perceived quality. As long as the price is right - somewhere around the $1.00 mark - then he or she will make allowances for appearance and even taste.

The daily cigar smoker will also know the best online sites for bargain buys.

It's Not A Way Of Life

To the daily smoker cigars are not a way of life; they might be an adjunct to their life but their world does not revolve around cigars and they might even wonder just a little about those who do put so much time and energy into cigars as a connoisseur would.

So now you can see where there are some vague lines drawn to mark the differences between daily cigar smokers and true connoisseurs. While there are obviously extremes at both ends of the scale, I’m sure you’ll agree that most of us are somewhere in the middle - neither one nor the other.


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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