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Dear Marvin:
Bravo! Is it really true that before my eyes appears an intelligent magazine expounding the many pleasures and delights of fine cigar enjoyment? God, I hope so. Your premier issue is delicious, enticing on every page, creating visions of bygone dreams come true. And not being one to lead or follow trendy crusades, I appreciate your entrepreneurial fortitude in plunging into the deep, cold national sea of a nonsmoking environment.
After all, we are all out there floating together in this sea of life...from birth to death, collecting assorted friends, loved ones and experiences along the way. And at the end of our voyage, what do we really have left?
For myself, memories and a few moments of quiet solitude to ponder the pleasure of a soothing snifter of Grand Marnier and the exquisite marriage of taste and aroma of a fine Partagas cigar. Isn't that what life is really all about?
Very truly yours,
Curtis John Mimna
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Dear Marvin:
The great news is that I was able to sit in my living room reading the magazine while smoking one of my favorite cigars. I guess I am one of the lucky ones...even my 12-year-old daughter enjoys sitting down with me while I am smoking because she "loves the smell." (She'll make a great partner for someone in about 15 years.)
Cordially yours,
John D. Irvin
Daphne, Alabama

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Dear Marvin:
Last week's CNN story on your magazine inspired me to write the sonnet that follows.
In what pursuit since Walter Raleigh's time
Have gentlemen of breeding been employed,
Which others now would make into a crime--
Some meddlers who want happiness destroyed?
What innocent indulgence do they claim
Will hasten global warming, cause disease,
And recklessly in other ways defame--
discarding truth, embracing fallacies?
It is the harmless smoking of cigars
That causes all these busy-bodies grief;
They'd put each peaceful puffer behind bars,
And treat him as a murderer or thief.
In light of this all, smokers should embrace
This goal: some smoke in each Cassandra's face.
Very truly yours,
John R. Sandler
Los Gatos, California

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Dear Marvin:
I enjoyed the premier issue of CIGAR AFICIONADO very much. However, I by no means fit the description of a typical reader. I am 24, married and am an over-the-road truck driver. My wife and I do enjoy the finer things in life. On occasion, we do go over our budget. Now and then, we even share a Honduran together. It is truly a shame more people don't know the pleasure of smoking a real good cigar.
At least I have one advantage while driving during the week; I can enjoy my cigars for many hours at a time without being bothered. However, on more than one occasion a good Port would sure have gone down well before sleeping. Oh well. Out on the road, you can't have everything.
For now, I'll have to live with my Hondurans and Dominicans. But one of these days, I'll get my first Cuban. Keep up the great work.
Mark Grimm
Watertown, Wisconsin

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Dear Marvin:
We are both long time cigar smokers (22 years for me and five and a half years for my fiancée). In fact, as we write this letter, we are both smoking a Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur No. 1, our favorite cigar. We enjoy smoking our cigars together, relaxing at home after a fine dinner. So keep up the good work. We both look forward to our next issue.
Two Loyal Cigar Smokers,
Albert J. Testa
Janice Miller
Stowe, Pennsylvania

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Dear Marvin:
I recently had a reservation confirmation sent to me from a hotel in San Francisco with the admonition that pipe and cigar smoking is not permitted in any of the rooms. I canceled the reservation with the comment that it was a shame that neither I nor Milton Berle, Bill Cosby, Arnold Schwarzzeneger, George Burns or the late Winston Churchill (if he were still with us) would ever stay in the facility. Churchill must be "turning over about now."
Although I do not anticipate it getting any easier in my lifetime to enjoy cigars, I have every intention of continuing to do so, hopefully as long as George Burns has. When ol' George dies, someone will probably say, "Cigars killed him."
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