Thank you very much for accepting our interview, it is a pleasure to personally meet you. Who are you?
What an honor to be noticed and seen by you guys. Thank you very much for this interview. Before we begin let me light up a cigar. Today’s choice will be a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchills from 2015.
I was born in Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) but I live in Sweden since 1993 because of the stupid things that happened there. Have two wonderful boys and a very understanding and supportive wife. It is not easy to live with a man who is an adrenaline junkie and can’t sit still. My passion in life is racing with motorcycles and cigars of course. It’s my type of yin & yang.
For the BOTL and SOTL that already follow me, they know that I love to travel, food and drinks. Not many know that I’m also a soccer coach for two teams and I love it. I’m an entrepreneur with a busy schedule but for me, it’s very important to make time for the family and others. Life is short!
We’re going to talk about cigars, no matter their origin. However, we have to ask: Are you more of a Cuban or a non-Cuban cigar guy?
Cuban 90% and the Davidoff 10%.
What’s your honest take on the eternal debate of Cuban vs non-Cuban cigars?
For me, it is a personal taste… nothing else. When I started with cigars, many years ago, I probably smoked everything that was on the market. Remember that I ordered by country, so every three months I ordered 3 cigars of each brand from that country and wrote notes for future orders. I liked many of them, especially from the Dominican Republic. Cuba was last on my list and that changed everything for me. Mindblowing! Almost every brand from Cuba was awesome. I was hooked.
Usually, people have two first-time moments: the first cigar and the cigar that ignited the passion you have today. What were yours?
I was lucky with this one. My first cigar ever was a Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No 2 and the second was Davidoff Robusto Maduro. I was blown away by the fact that a cigar could taste that good. I will never forget the creamy, thick smoke from the Davidoff, with a sweet taste on my lips and the Hoyo with very mild, nutty flavors.
What’s the best cigar you have ever had?
Quai D’Orsay from 2002. A must-try for sure!
Based on that, what’s the perfect pairing for it?
I pair it with just water, this cigar is too good for anything else.
Everyone has their own ritual when starting a cigar session. What’s yours?
I don’t have any. I just cut and light the cigar. My ritual begins when smoking the cigar and enjoying the silence or the company.
Tell us about your collection. What does your humidor look like?
Almost everything is Cuban with some age on them. I like aged cigars 3–8 years, depending on the brand. That aging window is perfect for me. I also have some vintage but I’m not that much into it anymore.
When we meet someone, we usually give away one cigar as a gesture of good faith. What was the best cigar you have been offered?
Montecristo Tubos from 2002. Thank you @cigarsweden!
And the worst?
Some with a strange name that I don’t remember. Was something like Megatron3000 or similar.
What do you think about cigars as a type of investment, like watches and wine?
It’s ok for a hobby but not for a living, I think.
You can have as many cigars as you want, forever BUT it always has to be the same. What would you pick?
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 or the Epicure Especial.
We all did some nasty mistakes on our cigar journey. Tell us about your most embarrassing one.
This happened on a herf… I smoked my cigar, left it on the ashtray do take a sip on my drink. I took the cigar again and started to smoke. After a while, the gentleman beside me asked if he could have his cigar back. I took his cigar and not mine from the astray. I prayed to God that He would just open a hole under me so I can disappear. That was the most embarrassing moment in my life…
What do you look for in a cigar retailer?
That he listens to what I’m looking for and what I want. I hate when somebody tries to sell me something I don’t want, especially when I say that I only like Cubans.
Imagine that the embargo to Cuba is lifted. What will happen next?
Nothing I think. Prices are going up every year but the quality is not.
With the smoking restrictions in almost all places, do you see the private club scene growing?
Not really. I don’t think there is any profit for that in Sweden.
Fake cigars are a real problem, we see them popping everywhere. What’s your take on the counterfeit industry and what can we do to minimize the damage?
Knowledge is the key. But most of the people that buy them really don’t know what they are buying. They either buy them as a gift for someone that is a cigar smoker or they are beginners. I don’t think anybody wants to have a fake cigar with some hair, nails, dirt and many other things inside it.
What’s your favorite cigar accessory?
I’m not an accessories guy. I just grab a cutter and a lighter from my drawer and I’m off.
Are you a soft-flame or a torch lighter guy?
Enjoying a cigar: inside or outside?
I love nature so outside is my answer.
What is your favorite personality in the cigar community and why?
When I started with cigars, the very first person I started to follow was @ingvarscigarpage. I love his pictures and passion for cigars.
You’re big on Instagram, how do you see the removal of the Like counts that is already live in some countries?
Big? Not if you look at the followers. I deleted all of my followers and kept only 500. I realized that I prefer quality over quantity. I don’t have my Instagram for likes, I have it for sharing and learning with other BOTLs and SOTLs.
Did something surprise you in the cigar community?
What have you learned with our community in the past year?
Plum is not mold!
What is the most overrated/underrated cigar for you?
Overrated: Quai d’Orsay 54.
Underrated: La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No 4.
What brand have you never smoked and probably never will?
Fohiba (Fake Cohiba).
What is your “Unicorn” cigar?
Montecristo Aniversario 80.
What is the next update you would like to get for the hobby?
Aa walk-in humidor. I am drawing one for my house right now.
What are your Top 5 most affordable cigars?
- Montecristo No 3
- Partagas Short
- Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto
- Por Larranaga Petit Coronas
- H. Uppman Half Corona
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