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Aficionado vs. Connoisseur

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A Cigar Aficionado vs A Cigar Connoisseur

By BillieBLVD



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!


Billie B

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    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

  • #2

    Gary P Boyco (Thursday, 13 August 2020 21:13)