I’ve been giving a lot of thought about life, happiness and what a good cigar can do to contribute to both. I just finished reading the latest article in “Cigar Aficionado” on Samuel Clemens or Mark Twain, as most of us would know him and his work. Anyone reading this would see that Samuel was a man of great depth, a remarkable individual with an open mind and someone who had the kind of confidence it took to write volumes of work on many topics. He became a man that many statesmen wanted to spend time with but more than anything else what struck me as being very interesting, was the fact that he was a guy that smoked cigars. A whole bunch of cigars!!
What he had in common with George Burns is that Samuel smoked cheap cigars. Very cheap cigars.
I don’t know, if it matters what kind of cigars a man smokes to make him happy. I’m not sure that the majority of cigar smokers in the world today know the difference or care. We have to think that when you speak of cigar smokers, you have to include all of the people who light up a cigar from time to time whenever one is handed to him or her and if that’s the case, then the numbers go way up.
Lately when I’m out in public, whether its outside a pub or a restaurant, people will come up to me and say, “Boy that smells good, want to give me a cigar?”…. Well, here’s my answer! Based on Canadian prices I usually smoke cigars that start at around $25 and up. I have a hard time parting with cigars that cost this much, even to my good friends, and here comes some guy that I’ve known for about 3.6 seconds and he asks for one. What do you think his chances are?? Yup, you’re probably right !
Another thing that I’ve been running into is this… When some stranger says that he likes smoking cigars I always ask what kind of cigar. This is when I get the look of question marks. 9 out of 10 people these days will tell me that they have no idea, they just like them. I could talk about Cuban cigars for an hour to any stranger I meet but as time goes by, I’m seeing that the majority of the people I meet on the street really don’t have a clue. I guess maybe knowledgeable cigar smokers are the minority here but I want to make one point very clear, I am NOT an authority on the topic. In the last decade or so I’ve smoked more Cuban cigars than I probably should have and as I sit here I can picture in my mind what a Trinidad tastes like, what a Partagas profile is like compared to a cigar from Romeo y Julieta and I can definitely re-live the joy of an Esplendido or Robusto from Cohiba.
All I can tell you is that I feel a kinship with fellow cigar smokers out there and I can especially have more than my share of respect for a true Aficionado who knows WHY a Cohiba is the finest cigar made today ( a bit of a bold statement, but I’m going to dig my heels in and not budge on that one ). These cylinders of rolled Cuban tobacco simply are one of the very few things in life that give me more pleasure than most objects on this planet and I, for one, am so grateful that I’ve picked up on this passion that so many great men before me have enjoyed