So you want to know what Cigar Hombre is all about? I’m Adam Carter and I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you’re into cigars as much as I am! I’ve been a cigar-lover and a collector of fine Cuban cigars for 20 years. Cigars are my passion, and that goes for many of us! In all those years I found that everything I read about cigars was aimed at top dollar, at the people who can afford to splash out with thinking about it.
What about us guys? The guys who love quality cigars, but want to know more about how to spot quality, and how to collect great cigars? That’s what Cigar Hombre is all about: it’s about bringing the classic, quality Cuban cigar to those who love them, and who might just feel a little left out at some of the more high-brow cigar websites.
What got me into cigars? I’d smoked a few with friends – cheap cigars picked up at the local store – when young, but my first taste of a Cuban cigar – a genuine example – came when I was visiting my uncle Ben. Now, to say he was an old-fashioned type is not to exaggerate. He invited me into his study – all wood panels, leather desk, very ‘Gentleman’s Club’ – and unlocked what I thought was a rather impressive cupboard.
That was also my first experience of a humidor! I watched intrigued as he carefully selected two cigars from a box, and he took out his cutter from the desk drawer, and then carefully lit his cigar, handing the other to me. It was a different world to me back then. It was something exclusive, something rather special, and when I tasted that cigar – wow, it couldn’t have been more different to those I’d smoked before!
Over the next few months Uncle Ben taught me all about cigars; how to choose the right one, how to set up a humidor, how to spot fakes and what to buy and not to buy, and I got into the world of quality cigars in a big way.
In the past 20 years I’ve made countless trips to Cuba from my home in Arizona, and I thought it was about time I passed on my knowledge, and that of Uncle Bun, and shared my passion with others who want to enjoy fine cigars.
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