Since February of 2018, I’ve been behaving like a kid in a candy store by way of my recent reconnection to my revitalized cigar hobby. Props to my bookkeeper who has been patient with me as I sort out my monthly cigar budget.

20 or 30-years ago when I used to smoke cigars on a regular basis, I sought out cigars from the “Tried and True” Brands of the era like Montecristo, Davidoff, Ashton, Arturo Fuente, H. Upmann, Cohiba and the like. The flavor profiles or the hype we sought back then were those of “Cuban” heritage.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I still appreciate and have restocked my current “TupperDor” with some of these “Classics”; Arturo Fuente “Short Story” comes to mind and any of the Montecristos (#2 or #4), Cuban and/or Non-Cuban.

Now the trend is for well-marketed manufacturers, factories, and blenders like Pete Johnson (Tatuaje) or one of his many other “side” projects, Dion Giolito (Illusione), Nick Melillo (Drew Estate and Foundation Cigars), Steve Saka (Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust), etc. One noticeable difference this time around; I’m following specific Tobacco Blenders, Artisans, and Factories not “Brands” … Interesting.

Cigar Hobby: Times Have Changed; New Cigar Blenders and Artisans Have Emerged

With some guidance from others more experienced in the era of “Small Batch” cigars, I’m getting much-appreciated counseling and education from those who know and have developed their cigar smoking pallets. Many “Thanks” as I am currently trying to discover and develop my own pallet by tasting in a reasonable way many of these small batch cigars several (most) of which are new to me via my absence. Further, the purpose of this Website serves as a repository for my “aged” memory and record keeping for this born-again “Cigar Beginner” and possibly a way for you to Market your product(s) or Cigar Shop. So much to explore, discover and cigar smokers to meet … the Cigar journey has begun.

Collaborations and Learning

Sellwood Cigar, Jeff Martinez, neighborhood cigar shopAnother important part of my new journey is to also seek out those Cigar Shops in Portland that “Get It”. Those who have or are developing and maintaining “Modern Businesses”. What does this mean? … That they engage in modern communication techniques (Internet) and utilize Social Media to broadcast and multiply their Brand Messaging.

I am happy to boast that I think I’ve found a good collaborator in Jeff Martinez at Sellwood Cigar who has been helpful by starting to understand what feels and tastes good to my pallet and making some great recommendations for me. It pays to have a good relationship with your #NeighborhoodTabaccoShop. I’m looking forward to seeing what develops.

Stay Tuned and Stay Smoky