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I'm a fourth generation cigar maker and have spent 25+ years operating our factory as well as a mail order cigar company. I belong to cigar manufacturers associations as well as retail cigar associations so I'm usually up to date with current events relating to cigars. I've smoked the majority of brands on the market and would be happy to share my opinions of them with you. Since I live in the U.S. I have very little experience with Cuban cigars, but other than that I know a least a little bit about almost every brand of cigars on the market.

Experience in the area

In addition to growing up in and now managing our cigar factory for 25+ years, I've spent time in many factories in Honduras, Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic and Mexico. BR>
Cigar Association of America, Retail Tobacco Dealers Association


Cigar Association of America, Retail Tobacco Dealers Association


BS Texas A&M University

What do you like about this subject?

Cigar are my life - I've made them and sold them since I was a kid. I just enjoy talking cigars and giving a little guidance.

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

We are the oldest manufacturer in America - I'd just like to continue making cigars here as long as I can.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cigars are not that different than food - everyone has different tastes and enjoys different things. Just because an "expert" says a cigar is good doesn't mean you're going to like it. The best way to judge a cigar is after you've smoked it, if you want to pick up another right away then it was probably pretty good...

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I don't believe that cigars cause health problems. I'm not saying they are safe - I just know I've been in the business a long time and I've seen very few claims of health issues from cigars.

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Recent Answers from Bill Finck Jr.

2016-10-18 Xikar travel humidor & distilled water:

Rad,    I apologize for the late response, I just got back from the Dominican Republic and I forgot to change my settings on the site to show that I was away.    You can use distilled water in the Xikar

2016-09-07 flavored cigars:

Joseph,    I'm so sorry for being so late in responding to your question. Unfortunately, the Ornellas factory is no longer in existence and none of their products are being manufactured by anyone as far

2016-06-09 Advice on Non-Cubans:

John,    I apologize for the late response - I have been out of the office and failed to set my vacation days on the AllExperts site.     I am not much of a fan of the Gispert or St. Luis Rey brands either

2016-06-05 Rum Soaked Crooks:

Larry,    You can order our White Lightning cigars at or and search for "White Lightning".   

2016-05-31 2 old Travis cigar boxes:

Laura,    We began making Travis Club cigars in 1906 and continue to produce them today. I have no way of estimating the age of the boxes you have without seeing a picture of them. If you email pictures


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