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Written by Harold J Schmidt

Saturday, 17 January 2009

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Hello Cigar Lovers,

My name is Harold A.K.A. (CellarDweller). I was introduced to cigars about 3 years ago by my oldest son Eric. Having been a cigarette smoker for many years and finally giving it up cold turkey I was afraid to try cigars. My fear was that after 8 years of smoke free life that lighting up a cigar would bring back the urge for cigarettes.

After dinner at my sons 30th Birthday he opened up a box of Macanudo Crystal Tubos. Reluctantly I decided that I would give one a try. That first puff of mild creamy smoke was fantastic! I had no idea what a Premium cigar was like. During my cigarette years I had tried machine made cigars and never thought they were good.

This new venture into the Premium Cigar lifestyle was a great turning point for me. After that first Macanudo I was convinced that I had nothing to worry about going back to cigarettes.

A few months later my wife and I went to Florida with my son and daughter in law. He suggested we pick up some cigars to smoke by the pool. Having enjoyed that first Macanudo I wanted to smoke the same thing again. That Florida trip was just the beginning of my cigar journey.

After returning home from our trip I started using the internet to buy different brands to try. I bought books on cigars subscribed to all the magazines about cigars and read various reviews. At this time my younger son David was visiting the local smoke shop to purchase an occasional cigar.Even though I was content making my purchases from the internet I decided to accompany him to the local shop. That was all it took to make my journey complete.

When I saw the humidor lined with cigars of all shapes sizes and strengths my eyes grew wide and I knew I was home. The tobacconist was extremely knowlageable and described all the cigars to me. That was the beginning of my dedication to the fine art of cigars.

Now after 3 years of smoking I still enjoy trying new brands as I relax in my basement. I've spent the last 3 years decorating it with anything I could get my hands on. Pictures, Posters, Boxes, Ashtrays, Cigar bands and empty tubes. My local cigar store Churchills n Down provided me with the hundreds of empty boxes and posters that cover the walls and ceiling. It continues to be an on going project.

Some of my favorite smokes that I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy are in no particular order.

Camacho, Padron, La Gloria Cubano. La Flor Dominicana, Arganese, Fuente, La Aroma de Cuba, Cuestra rey, CAO, Ashton VSG, Perdomo, and many others.

Looking forward to spending time on this site I am always open to reading what others are saying about cigars.

Thanks for the welcome to the site

Harold AKA CellarDweller




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