Sometime last week I was browsing the Club Stogie Forums, trying my best to keep up with it in the little time I have available. I came across a post in regards to a Youtube video on Cigar Anatomy. I checked out the video and began to get bored within the first minute or so and bookmarked it for later viewing.
A few days later I decided to check it out again and see what it was all about. A few minutes into the video I found myself completely immersed and wanting more. After the video finished up I immediately looked for another.
As it turns out, the video was shot during a cigar dinner in Korea in which the Seoul City Aficionado Society reported on. Especially for this dinner, Willy Alvero lectured to enhance the diners knowledge of cigars. Not being familiar with Willy, I looked him up on Google and was not surprised why I enjoyed the video as much as I did.
It turns out that Willy is considered to be the worlds utmost authority on Cuban cigars and does guest lectures on cigars in general. He is also the general representative for Russia of Habanos S.A. (official Cuban cigar exporter)
In the first video, Willy speaks about the anatomy of the cigar and breaks down what each level of the tobacco plant is used for. The second video covers his thoughts on the quality of Cuban cigars and how the market changed after Fidel Castro took control of the tobacco market.
I only wish that the entire lecture was available as I found it to be incredibly interesting. Some of the discussion gets a little technical but should be easily understood as he breaks things down. Both videos run under ten minutes and contain a wealth of knowledge.