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Monday, April 16, 2007

Good Information/Bad Comments

In reading several “Informational” blogs, it appears that some so-called experts have a difference of opinion with the use of “Vintage” as description of the wrapper or the cigar itself. Another would be “Clasico”, another could be “Original”, or any word as added to the brand name- any answer is- so what? To these “Experts” who have never grown a leaf, cured, fermented, had a poor crop due to weather, blue mold, or had a football field size warehouse of tobacco that was graded to be used at the exact time (sometimes 3-4 years). They have all the privilege to say vintage, classic, or any words they chose.

Secondly, if a cigar manufacturer prices his product to the trade, then must increase that price that happens for all factors considered- raw material, workers salaries, modest profit etc. If he does not, something suffers. It is simple economics!!

Each manufacturer, lets say has 300 employees from strippers, graders, color selectors, band and box affix personnel to the cigar tocedores to supervisors, whose life is the making of “A Cigar”- they would not make a cigar for one run and then close-shop.

If this type operation existed in another country- all costs considered- you as a smoker, would pay 5-10 times the now retail cost.

Cigars have never been better; tobaccos grown, cured and used are excellent.

So if you spend $1.00-$20.00 per cigar- that is your decision. It is your taste- not some “Behind the Scenes Expert”.

Do we like cigar testing comments- sure- and nothing else.

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

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  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kari said…

    Very well said. This day and age everyone is a self proclaimed expert on everything.

  • At 4:17 PM, Anonymous stinkie said…

    My favorite quote of all time.

    "No one can tell me what is a good cigar - for me. I am the only judge. People who claim to know say that I smoke the worst cigars in the world. They bring their own cigars when they come to my house."

    - Mark Twain, What is Man

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger MyManMisterC said…

    Can you give an example of one of the "informational" blogs you are refering to?

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger Greg Hoffman, Marketing Gorilla said…

  • At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Jeff Jones said…

    Send me some dominicans, robustos, I'll smoke 'em and deliver a comment free from superlatives. i had to start my own salsa company because the experts couldn't make anything fit to eat.

    The funky dr of love (google that)

    big jeff jones (el flaco jones)


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