Cigars are integral motifs in many rituals among men. The stag party, children’s births, a poker game, andsporting events are all associated with the boys enjoying a good stick. The association with women and cigars is not quite so clear and is more shrouded in a cloud of smoke.
A couple of years ago I was working as a tobacconist at a bar and lounge in downtown Huntsville. Several of the bartenders on the staff smoked cigars with varying levels of experience. One day, at the instigation of a couple of regulars, I participated in a blind tasting competition against one of the bartenders who boasted having the most knowledge (even above myself). We blindly tasted 5 cigars from the selection of over 200 in the humidor, eyes closed for extra difficulty. The owner of the bar lit the cigars and carefully passed them to us because for some reason I was worried about playing with my eyes closed. In the end, I was able to identify all 5 based off of taste while my competitor identified 1.5.