I smoked cigarettes in college. Walking through my college town one day I walked past a cigar store and thought...one doesn’t inhale, must be healthier. I bought a macanudo and couldn’t taste a thing. That was my first. The years passed, got married, bought a house and quit smoking, preparing to start a family.
We had the kids and I consciously stayed away from cigars, thinking I’d pick up cigarettes again.
The kids grew up and moved on and we bought a weekend house in the mountains. At our fire pit one night my neighbor fired up a Rocky Patel something and I was tempted. Smoking cigarettes was 25 years behind me at this point. My friend offered me one and I decided to try it. That was it, I was hooked.
I was not good at sitting still and relaxing. Smoking a cigar made me do both of those things, and... I fell down the rabbit hole. I started with 100% NC. I tried a bunch and was really never satisfied. I did lots of research, found a website and started experimenting with CC. I totally preferred the nuance of these cigars over the one note flavors my palette found with NC cigars.
I bought a desktop humidor and filled it. Bigger coolers and wine coolers followed, all eventually filled. I found FOH and Bob Staebel and ordered a big cooled humidor. I’ve made the pilgrimage to Cuba twice so far.
i now smoke 100% Cc’s and FOH gets a big chunk of my cigar dollars