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".
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
Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February
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.
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.
In 2008, Habanos SA announced that the Cuban cigar industry was worth 402 million dollars (USD) between 2006-2007!
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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|Daniel||01/19/17||10||10||10||Thank you so much for your helpful .....|
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Hi Daniel, The first thing you should do is check to make sure that your hygrometer is calibrated and functioning properly. If you are using an analog hygrometer, conduct a salt test on it to ensure
Hi John, When Fidel Castro took control of Cuba and became president in 1959, he had the Government assume control of the Cuban cigar industry and all the Cuban brand names so by the time Alonso Menendez
Hi F, Personally, I don't think it's necessary to change the cartridges as often as manufacturers suggest because you can simply refill the cartridges with distilled water. Of course, if the cartridges
Hi F Gaddo, The brown liquid is commonly nicotine built up during smoking when the heat of the lit cigar mixes with natural oils in the tobacco and the moisture from your mouth. This residue commonly
Hi Daniel, Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong with your humidor or the seasoning process. Sometimes it's not uncommon for the humidity to be slightly higher than normal even after you've done