Growing up, the people who smokes cigars were the people who had cigar money. They drove nice cars, played golf on the Moon and you could just see the mark left by the monocle over their eyes. It always seemed to me that you started smoking cigars once you made it big.
I have been smoking tobacco in various forms since my early teens, and the week that my son was born I prayed to be delivered from smoking cigarettes. I want to be there to see my boy grow up. I have not craved a cigarette since that day, and can truly say that pipes and cigars are a hobby, not an addiction. I took up pipe smoking because I had smoked a pipe in my teens, and had always enjoyed it. I began searching everything I could about pipe smoking on YouTube and Instagram; slowly working my way into the community. Even when I began treating pipe smoking as a hobby, collecting different pipes and different tobaccos, cigars were still a toy for the rich.
I began collecting bourbon and whiskey around the time I began with the pipes, and eventually started buying Cigar Aficionado and Cigar and Spirits magazine for lack of pipe magazines on local shelves.
It is strange how the mind can change over time and we become the people we never thought we could or would be. My cigar journey is not long established, but it is long in the making. The joy that I get from learning about, window shopping and smoking cigars is real, and I would not trade it for the world.
The first cigar I smoked and was truly able to taste was an Alec Bradley Black Market. The smoke was cool, the draw even and the taste reminded me of the many farm houses and museums I have visited. I have enjoyed every cigar I have ever smoked for the experience, whether with friends or on a calm evening, but the Black Market was the first cigar that captured my senses and made me realize that it is not the upper echelon rich people who smoke cigars, it is cigar people who smoke cigars. I can't wait to try every cigar on the market, but that first Alec Bradley will always be the one that started me off right.
Scott ~ Maryland