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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience in the area

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.


Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


B.A. University of Toronto

Awards and Honors

Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

What do you like about this subject?

Cigars is a great way to relax and meet new people. The great thing about cigars is that it brings alot of people from different walks of life together and gives us a common bond that we all enjoy.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

A lot of beginning cigar smokers are taken advantage of at cigar stores because they are inexperienced with cigars and/or cigar smoking. I hope to help amateur cigar smokers and answer any questions that they may have so that they can become more knowledgeable with cigars.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In 2008, Habanos SA announced that the Cuban cigar industry was worth 402 million dollars (USD) between 2006-2007!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Cuban cigars are illegal for sale (and possession) in the United States so if you are buying cigars from a company located in the USA and the deal is too good to be true, it probably is! Millions of Cuban cigars are counterfeited every year so I would like to educate novice cigar enthusiasts on the clear signs of counterfeit cigars.

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F Gaddo11/21/16101010Great knowledge and great response time
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2016-12-16 Xikar Crystals & NewAir CC-300:

Hello again F. Gaddo,    I think you should try adding more crystals first and it that doesn't help, you can then add the Cigar Oasis Plus.  As a general rule of thumb, you should start off with 1/2 cup

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Hello F Gaddo,    Usually if you leave the humidor open for about a week, the smell should naturally dissipate.  If the smell remains, there are two solutions that you can try that I find are very effective

2016-09-26 Freezing Cigars:

Hello again, again!    Thompson, Vinotemp, Vigilant and NewAir are reputable companies that make excellent electric humidors of varying size and prices.  Shipping costs direct from North America might

2016-09-26 Freezing Cigars:

Hello again,    They are all similar in performance and function so it's really personal preference. I personally prefer thermo-electric but compressor units perform equally well so it depends on what

2016-09-26 Freezing Cigars:

Hello F Gaddo    To answer your questions:    1/Yes, I highly recommend a thermo-electric humidor if you live in a hot and dry place. A thermo-electric humidor is the best option as it will be easy to


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