What Sort of Cigar Smoker Are You?
Written by Kevin Godbee

Monday, 12 October 2009

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Mr. Maven

Mr. Cigar Maven is the true expert when it comes to all things related to cigars. Mr. Maven doesn’t just have a fine wooden humidor on his office desk and on the coffee table in his lounge room; he has at least one- and probably more- of the top-of-the-range free-standing units that can store his extensive collection of fine cigars from all the very best tobacco growing regions around the world.


Mr. Maven has spent years studying all aspects of cigars from growing to storing, aging and manufacturing. Just as a wine connoisseur can tell which vineyard a wine comes from by its taste, Mr. Maven can tell you where the wrapper and filler came from and name the particular type of tobacco used in each part of the cigar simply by taking one or two puffs.

He should also be able to tell you about the type of soil that a particular tobacco was grown in and whether it was grown in a year when the climate was kind to the tobacco or not.

When you want to know anything about cigars, Mr. Maven is the man to talk to and if he hasn’t written a book about the subject he’s almost certainly blogged about cigars or written an article or two about them. You may have never met Mr. Maven but you will be able to spot him by the way the owner of your favorite cigar store and his staff greet Mr. Maven when he walks into their shop.

Of course these are generalizations and there are plenty of cigar smokes who are somewhere between any two of those categories. Look for them the next time you head down to your cigar shop or attend a cigar exhibition -you’ll have fun watching and identifying them.


-1 # you missed a category.random user 2009-10-14 09:00
90% of the many, many dozens of cigar smokers I have interacted with don't fit in a single one of your categories, but fall somewhere between your last and second to the last. It's nice to see you nailed the other 10 percent with your 4 categories, though.

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0 # Once a day smokersteve 2009-10-16 01:41
I agree with random user. your about 10% right. I can't nail the soil but most of my cigar smoking buddies call me when they want to know. According to your theory I am average. Ask my wife she would say otherwise.

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0 # I am Mr. Average....Mr. Average 2009-10-16 02:53
With less than 9 months of serious cigar smoking under my belt, my palette is still developing and am definitely Mr. Average - for now. However, I never see my self owning a free standing humidor as my experience and palette develops. I think the flaw your theory is that it's judged by how many times a week someone smokes and the amount of cigars they have in storage. However, in the future (5 years+ of cigar smoking), I may have the knowledge and quality of the Maven, but not the vast amounts of gars. The odd one out of the 4 types was "the Collector"...

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0 # Close... M. 2009-10-16 03:01
... but close only counts in horseshoes and atom bombs.

I think as far as generalities go, you're on the right track... but having only four isn't quite enough.
I, and most of my cigar smoking friends, fall into a different category... We may just be Maven's in the making, but none of us have the finances to afford Mavenhood, being college students, young professionals, etc. We're also not necessarily frequent smokers, as in every day or even necessarily every week, but we are serious smokers, and when we buy spend a lot of money on the few sticks we buy at a time. We study cigars, and make a study of the cigars we smoke, and each of us can do the things the Maven can do, or are developing that ability. Many of us will never become collectors or mavens, we'll keep buying in small amounts and never having more than 200 on hand, but we'll remain among the more studied, experienced and discerning smokers in our own circles, and people to whom others come for advice.
I'm sure myself and my friends like me are not along...

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0 # good jobDrake 2009-10-16 04:45
I feel like you did a great job-- being in the tobacco business, cigars in particular, I can concur with these categories. Its important to see these 4 groups as generalities. Meaning, you might find yourself crossing over a few boundaries. I've worked in a busy walk in humidor for 5 years and I see these guys all the time. I also believe for the last 2 categories (maven/collector), its a much more discriminating generality (sp?). For Maven, you either are, or are not, the maven. There's no novice maven. For the collector, there is more of a grey area. Good job. Follow @smokingthis

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0 # Mr. Above Average Roadlizard7 2009-10-16 06:39
I know a lot of folks like myself that have 500-100 cigars, of various types, and smoke 2 or sometimes 3 a night many nights.
I like all kinds, mild to strong, but couldn't describe a nuance if it hit me in the face. I've just tried a ton of different kinds, and finally pretty much found out what I like, and buy more of them now. I can also smoke a Don Pepin Black label, and follow it up with a mild Donseca Vintage. My moods and tastes vary from day to day.

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0 # Good not GreatObserver of the Observer 2009-10-16 12:32
Keep watching Mr. People Watcher. You haven't cracked the surface. People watchers range from poor to expert. You still need work. Your categories must over lap and not be so distinct.

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0 # Obviously no one read the 2nd to last sentence of the article........................Thoele 2009-10-20 03:31
"Of course these are generalizations and there are plenty of cigar smokes who are somewhere between any two of those categories."

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0 # Sorry but no Cigar!!!Sorry but no Cigar 2009-10-21 09:59
There is no such thing as this maven you talk about. Blind taste test have proven this time after time. even the most discriminating Havanaphile will miss some if not several cigars in a Blind Taste Test.

Maybe you should find a different job?

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0 # it makes for good reading Ron1369 2009-10-30 09:37
After reading your article I would say that you got close to getting it right on a couple of them, However, I think you need to open up your categories to a more wide spread generalization of more types of smokers.
Your article did however make for good reading and I thank you for that.

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