In an infamous cigar rant I posed about two years ago I fearlessly challenged those within my orbit of influence to answer a simple question
"Do cigar aficionados smoke flavored cigars"
I had no idea of the bee's nest I rattled. The responses ranged from you are an old school snob to indeed Sir no true aficionado would ever smoke a flavored cigar. Suffice it to say that most of my tribe agreed with my addict that you should smoke what you like and be free of any criticism; however, you are most certainly not an aficionado. But I was syntactically wrong.
I did not truly delve into the meaning of the word. An aficionado is someone that is passionate (that's it). Passion does not require a strict adherence to tradition or a respect of natural processes. Passion like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but a connoisseur is something very different. A connoisseur is an expert judge in matters of taste.
There is a difference between having passion (aficionado) and being an expert judge (connoisseur). The former can be sparked in one session of smoking a cigar while the latter is only formed with experience and knowledge. Lets argue!
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Carl (Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:03)
If you're talking infused cigars I would agree with you. But flavored cigars don't count. Your definition of aficionado is biased to a degree. Not to say that you are not an aficionado, that's up to better men than I in the cigar world. But interesting writing for sure. Thanks Carl www.cigarblogcj.com
Gary P Boyco (Thursday, 13 August 2020 21:13)