“The cigar is a great resource. It is necessary to have traveled for a long time on a ship to understand that at least the cigar affords you the pleasure of smoking. It raises your spirits. Are you troubled by something? The cigar dissolves it. Are you subject to aches and pains (or bad temper)? The cigar will change your disposition. Are you harassed by unpleasant thoughts? Smoking a cigar puts one in a frame of mind to dispense with these. Do you ever feel a little faint from hunger? A cigar satisfies the yearning. If you are obsessed by sad thoughts, a cigar will take your mind off of them. Finally, don’t you sometimes have some unpleasant remembrance or consoling thought? A cigar will reinforce this. Sometimes they die out, and happy are those who do not need to relight too quickly. I hardly need to say anything more about the cigar, to which I dedicate this little eulogy for past services rendered.”
The Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, 1794
Hello, and thank you for visiting our little spot on the web. My name is Walt and I live in the Reading area of Pennsylvania.
I’ve been enjoying cigars for only a short time, early 2005.
I started smoking cigars due to a friend. He inherited several hundred cigars from an enthusiast and was not sure what he was going to do with them all. He offered me some cigars to try, at which point I immediately took a liking to them.
I currently smoke a wide array of cigars trying to fulfill my quest to find that one cigar that is a perfect fit for me. Its been a very interesting journey so far and I am pleased to share my experiences with anyone reading this little blurb.
Some of my most memorable cigars include:
- Oliva Serie V Lancero
- Oliva Serie G Maduro Belicoso
- Nub Connecticut
- El Cobre
- Ashton VSG
- Padilla Signature 1932
Follow Walt on Twitter: @waltw
“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar. That is why I am in two-hundred-percent form.”
– Winston Churchill
“If a man is to be known by the quality of the words he steals from other people, I can think of nobody better to quote than Sir Winston Churchill.”
– Me, about 5 seconds ago.
I’m one of the founding members of The Stogie Review. I’m a west coast guy that’s been transplanted into the rich cigar culture of Atlanta, GA. I’ve been smoking cigars since a buddy and I used to drive out to the coast in the middle of the night during college. (Back in 1997, give or take a year). I started reviewing cigars on my own blog over a decade ago, and it quickly became an obsession. After getting some compromising pictures of Walt and Jerry, I was welcomed aboard as a permanent reviewer here.
I don’t have a preference when it comes to body in a cigar, so long as the flavors are interesting and enjoyable. Flavor really is key. That and a good draw. A bad draw will ruin the even the greatest of cigars for me. I’ve smoked all kinds of cigars, from my much loved Buenaventuras and Aganorsa Leafs, to rough-rolled cheroots of ligero in the factory. I’m usually pressed for time, so you’ll probably see me puffing on a shorter vitola, in the car, on the way to something-or-other.
Always a big beer drinker, in recent years I’ve also become a part of the nationally syndicated Beer Guys Radio show. In addition to talking about beer and interviewing guests, I also contribute cigar-related content. Because it’s hard for me not to talk about cigars, even when I’m supposed to be talking about beer.
“I’ve got a great cigar collection – it’s actually not a collection, because that would imply I wasn’t going to smoke every last one of ’em. “ – Ron White
I’ve been smoking cigars since 1997 when I was at college at Mississippi State University. My first cigar was an Ashton VSG that I bought at Crescent City Cigars in New Orleans, LA from my good friend, Armando Ortiz. I’ve been smoking ever since. I am also a contributor for CigarWeekly.com as well as a reviewer for NiceTightAsh.com for the past 4 years before joining StogieReview.com. I’m also into hunting, fishing, firearms, cooking, wine, beer, whiskey, history and cutlery. As for my cigar profile, body of the cigar doesn’t mean anything to me. Flavor is king. I do like a well balanced cigar with a long finish and my favorite flavors in a cigar would be cocoa, coffee and cream.