Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
bundle of cigars, Winter 92/93
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Leon D. Bess
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If detractors only knew what a fine cigar can do for us: It can take a harried businessman and give him an unsurpassed feeling of well-being and even affection for his fellow man. Nothing else can do that.
John D. Clouse
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I'm 22 years too young, making less than one-fifth the average salary, and I'm still paying off student loans, but I'll be a member of "the club" and a subscriber for life. Your magazine arrived at my door yesterday, and I have hardly put it down. It is everything I hoped it would be...and more.
Due to my geographical isolation, access to a good cigar is more than an hour's drive away. Yet each time I return home, treasure in hand, the reward is well worth the travel.
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I certainly missed the boat of CIGAR AFICIONADO's profile. I'm 51, not college educated. Income, $15,000 a year. Net worth, the clothes I wear. I'll be lucky to pay the bill for my subscription. But I enjoy and love cigars and no other tobacco products. Good luck.
Editor's Response: You already possess the only thing that really matters to qualify to subscribe to CIGAR AFICIONADO--a true love of cigars.
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While on a trip to the Caribbean four years ago, I purchased a couple of Montecristo No. 2's as an experiment. I lit up on the beach one balmy evening after a particularly satisfying meal and delighted to a whole series of new and exhilarating sensations as I sampled this fine Cuban cigar under a blanket of stars, enveloped by a sticky-sweet aroma of the tropics that mingled to perfection with the fine sweet complexity of my smoke ... and all at once I was hooked--smitten is more like it, for indeed I was, and have been in love ever since.
Like any young man fully in the throes of love, my infatuation for cigars has turned into something of a passionate obsession, as I search out the very best of the quite extensive variety of cigars still available in this country from places other than Cuba, but I fear I shall always have that place in my heart reserved for "first loves" for that splendid moment in time on that beach, lighting up that Montecristo No. 2.
Your magazine is about as fine an example of specialized journalism as is available on any subject. You are to be applauded.
Los Angeles, California
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I commute from Rhinebeck, New York, on Metro North. I got on the train, got settled, opened the magazine and guess what happened? A woman sitting next to me said, "You're not going to light that in here are you?!" I told her, "It's a magazine!"
Some people get so paranoid about cigars. When will we get some respect?
Rhinebeck, New York
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The long-awaited day finally arrived. I immediately turned off the television, unplugged the telephone, hung out the DO NOT DISTURB sign, and settled in for a read.
Eagerly turning the cover, I discovered a Barneys ad. "AWWWWWRIGHT," I said, "Marvin has really done it this time." Several hours later, after turning the last page, I had to agree with the old saying, "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke."
Enclosed is my subscription.
Your humble servant,
Fred H. Holt
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