People Behind the Profile — @vitolaslover

When you look at the number of quality cigars that Chris — @vitolaslover — has in his Instagram profile you will immediately know that you are in the presence of a great aficionado. All the way from Switzerland, Chris accepted our interview request and we now have the absolute pleasure of sharing it with 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?

Switzerland is an amazing country and with a great tradition regarding Cuban cigars. How is the cigar scene in your city?

Do you prefer having a cigar alone or with others?

What’s your honest take on the eternal debate of Cuban vs non-Cuban cigars? Also, are you a Cuban or a non-Cuban cigar smoker?

Imagine that the embargo to 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?

However, my first real cigar that changed my life was a Partagas Series D No 4 smoked during a vacation in Spain. I was with a friend who offered to smoke a real cigar like a gentleman. What a revelation! It has been several years since I had smoked it and I really liked it. The rest is history and a new costly hobby was born.

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?

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?

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 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/underrated cigar for you?

What brand have you never smoked and probably never will?

What is your “Unicorn” cigar?

What are your Top 5 favorite cigars?

  • Partagas Lusitania
  • Trinidad Vigia
  • Ramon Allones Specially Selected
  • Cohiba Genios
  • Bolivar Libertador.

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