People Behind the Profile — @iamemanuelerizzo

Emanuele is a true gentleman. A young and contemporary gentleman. Very eloquent and well-spoken, with an enormous passion for cigars. Originally from Rome, Italy, now living in LA and founder of the Cigar Somms Club, founded with his partner Diego Meraviglia, who’s also a cigar sommelier. A great personality and a great honor to share this interview with all of you.

Thank you very much for accepting our interview, it is a pleasure to personally meet you. Who are you?

What motivated you to start producing content for the community?

How is the cigar scene in your country?

Do you prefer having a cigar alone or with others?

Enjoying a cigar: inside or outside?

We’re going to talk about cigars, no matter their origin. However, we have to ask: What is your favorite cigar-producing country?

Imagine that the embargo on Cuba is lifted. What will happen next?

Usually, people have two first-time moments: the first cigar and the cigar that ignited the passion you have today. What were yours?

What’s the best cigar you have ever had?

Based on that, what’s the perfect pairing for that specific cigar?

Everyone has their ritual when starting a cigar session. What’s yours?

Tell us about your collection. What does your humidor look like?

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?

What do you think about cigars as a type of investment, like watches and cars?

Plume and mold. Same thing?

Cut and light or light and cut?

You can have as many cigars as you want, forever BUT it always has to be the same. What would you pick?

We all made some honest mistakes on our cigar journey. Tell us about your most embarrassing one.

As a customer, what do you look for in a cigar retailer?

With the smoking restrictions in almost all places, do you see the private club scene growing?

What’s your favorite cigar accessory?

Are you a soft-flame or a torch lighter person?

What is your favorite personality in the cigar community and why?

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?

How do you see the future of Cigars on social media?

Did something surprise you in the cigar community?

What is the most overrated cigar for you? And the most underrated?

What brand have you never smoked and probably never will?

What is your “Unicorn” cigar?

What are your Top 5 favorite cigars?

  1. Partagas E2
  2. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial
  3. Ramon Allones Gigantes
  4. Cohiba Robusto

What are your Top 5 favorite Instagram accounts?

  1. @allthingscigars
  2. @jasimahmed.oficial
  3. @mr.danzag
  4. @cigar_collector

Finally, do you want to send a message to the community?

A message to the community
Thank you very much for giving us a bit of your time by reading this article. It really means the world to have you with us. If you want to follow our daily activities head to our Instagram, where we try our best to bring the community together by sharing our love and knowledge for cigars. Have a great day.

Disclaimer
Please note that smoking is bad for your health and we do not encourage it at all. These articles are written to show the differences between cigars and never to influence anyone to start smoking. If you are a cigar smoker, please respect others around you.

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