People Behind the Profile — @smokehustler

The world of bartending and the world of cigars are very close to each other. In both, you can try to find different flavors, different blends, and different experiences. There are a few people that understand both and @smokehustler is one of them.

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?

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 person?

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

Tell us more about why you decided to become a Cigar Sommelier.

What did you like more while taking that course?

There was some buzz on the internet about the IACS diploma being a scam. What are your thoughts about it?

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

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

What’s the best cigar you have ever had?

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

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?

And the worst?

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

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

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 guy?

Enjoying a cigar: inside or outside?

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?

  • Oliva Serie V;
  • Casa Cuevas La Mandarria;
  • E. P. Carrillo La Historia;
  • Trinidad La Trova.

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