Cigar Assessor

Cigar Assessor

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Oliva Serie V Melania Maduro Churchill

Oliva Serie V Melania Maduro Churchill

Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaraguan Tobacco from Jalapa

My first YouTube Live video.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Cigar Ratings. How often do you agree?

The top cigars of 20??

I have come to the conclusion that Cigar Ratings, along with, The Best of The Year ratings are many times inaccurate.

We all know in the cigar world that ratings in many instances are bought and sold to the highest bidder. Sometimes, I would see a cigar with a high ranking or rating that wasn't very good or just awful. Also, cigars and palate matching is very complicated. One person's palate is very different from another's. Cigar education and knowledge is key. I have found some smokers love a peppery cigar while others like myself prefer to stay away from peppery cigars. There are the band smokers while others will take off the band before they light the cigar. The smokers who love a 60 ring gauge or higher while I won't smoke them.

And let's not forget everyones favorite... the, "I only smoke Cubans" smokers, who believe all others cigars are inferior.

After understanding what a person smokes, I could direct them to other cigars that they would love. This doesn't work when a magazine has five reviewers who smoke three or four of the same cigar to give it a rating. They have no personal contact with the smoker. What kind of mood are they in and where are they when they smoke? Are they running late and need to smoke quick and on and on. Have they been reprimanded for giving too many bad reviews or ratings?

I also found that some companies hand out a different cigar for a review or sample. I even called out a cigar rep on it and when he came in to dispute it, the cigars he was handing out were different from the ones sent to us. In flavor, color and size.

When I review, I never give a cigar a number rating. I find this to be foolish. I just smoke the cigar and tell what I am experiencing.

That's why I decided to use, "The Memorable Cigars" rather than "The Best of" or "The Top Cigar of" any year. What were the cigars that stood out in my mind even 10 months later over others. A cigar that I smoked and was so impressed with, one that stuck in my memory over many others.

Millions of cigar smokers and thousands of brands. What makes one better than the other? When all is equal, it's the experience. And what about the pairing of a cigar to a drink or cocktail which will changes the whole smoking occasion. The varations are many.

Many years of reading Cigar Ratings in the big magazines have left me dumb founded and I believe this year will be more of the same.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My top ten memorable cigars from 2017

My top ten memorable cigars from 2017

1. Padron 1926 90 year Maduro
2. Oliva V Melanio Maduro 
3. Vegas Robaina Unicos
4. Regius Seleccion Orchant London. 
5. Micallef Leyenda No.1
6. Cohiba Partigas 170.
7. Dunhill Aged Maduro
8. My Father Flor de Las Antillas Maduro
9. Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli
10. Foundation Tabernacle

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

CAO Flatehead Steel Horse Hand Brake

CAO Flatehead Steel Horse Hand Brake with Jacob Kalaj and Robert "Cigar Assessor" Meyers. Special appearance by Casey Aldulaimi.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We need to act to save our beloved brands before June 10! Sign the Petition ASAP!

Do Not Enact FDA's "Option 1" Final Rule on Premium Handmade Cigars

Created by G.L. on May 11, 2016

Mr. President:
On May 5 the FDA released the Final Rule deeming additional tobacco products subject to the Tobacco Control Act. The premium cigar industry has gone to great lengths to inform members of your Administration that the premium cigar industry does not warrant this type of regulation. We are entrepreneurs and craftsman. We are employers at home and abroad. We are a community of responsible adult consumers, and the science certainly does not support this action. Despite this message FDA has chosen Option 1 which contains the most restrictive forms of regulation. We respectfully ask for the consideration of these facts and the further review of this rule by numerous agencies in your Administration.

As of this moment there are under 17,300 signatures.

Sign This Petition

Needs more 82,714 signatures by June 10, 2016 to get a response from the White House

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation!

From Cigar Rights Of America

Click below to sign.
Sign the petition NOW!

Help Exempt Premium Cigars From FDA Regulation!
H.R. 662 / S. 441 - A bill to clarify the FDA's jurisdiction over certain tobacco products

The worst case scenario of "option 1" is now reality with the FDA's release of their "final rule" concerning the regulation of premium cigars under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  It is now more important than ever that everyone's voice is heard in opposition to "option 1" regulation.  Take action now and contact both your members of the United States Senate as well as your Congressman in the House of Representatives and respectfully ask them to support S. 441 and H.R. 662, which would exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation and oversight as well as to support language adopted by the House Committee on Appropriations on April 19, 2016, calling for an exemption for premium cigars from FDA oversight
Don't let the FDA have the final say.  Take action now.