Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin,

One of the many things I look forward to within every issue of Cigar Aficionado is the blind tasting reviews. As a novice cigar enthusiast, I find the ratings to be an excellent resource and starting point in determining what I set out to purchase at my local B&M. If you were to add a description of whether the rated cigar is mild, medium or full bodied to the tasting notes, I believe it would greatly benefit others like myself.

Greg Patterson
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Editor’s Reply: We do, when noteworthy, identify the strength of a cigar. We do not, however, do it for every cigar we rate.

Dear Marvin,

As your Editors’ Note in the August 2014 issue encourages, I have posted a comment on the FDA website. Very simply stated, the FDA is wrong. You cannot possibly determine what a premium cigar is by price. Price is determined by many factors, not least of which is the variance in tax structure from state to state and country to country. What is the FDA going to do, alter its definition of premium on a monthly basis every time a country changes its market price? I’m sorry, but the FDA is a group of idiots—and not cigar smokers!

Yours very sincerely,

David Zackheim
Slaugham, West Sussex, England

Editor’s Reply: Thank you for posting. By press time, there have been more than 55,000 comments posted on the FDA’s website. Our thanks goes to everyone who took the time to submit a comment. 

Dear Marvin,

I recently had the pleasure of smoking a coffee-infused cigar. Specifically a Drew Estate Tabak Especial Dulce Toro. This was the first time I’ve tried an infused cigar and I have to say it was very enjoyable, mild and flavorful. I’ll be smoking more of them in the future, especially after dinner.

As a subscriber to Cigar Aficionado magazine, I believe I keep up with the latest trends in cigar smoking, but I don’t believe you’ve ever written an article about infused cigars. I know there are many of them available and I would value reading about them and seeing how you rate them.  

Thanks for your consideration and keep up the good work in the magazine. 

Ed Aduss
North Potomac, Maryland

Editor’s Reply: We did an article on this topic entitled “Cigars of a Different Flavor” in August 2005, and you can find it on our website.