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In addition to the Cigar Advisors, we publish work from BOTLs of all walks, both in and out of the premium cigar business: cigar manufacturers, bloggers, and various experts in their fields. Even with such a wide-ranging cast of characters, one thing is for sure: all the contributors who put ink to paper for Cigar Advisor are straight shooters and credible experts who share an appreciation for premium cigars and take part in our lifestyle. This is a digital mag created by, and for, cigar enthusiasts of all stripes; and because they share our passions, we trust them to bring you more of the cigar info you care about. Click below to meet them…

The Rev is Director of Nursing at a psychiatric hospital near New Orleans and long ago turned to fine cigars as his primary antipsychotic remedy.

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Born in New Delhi, India in 1961, Rakesh " "Rocky" " Patel, began his professional career as an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, where he was introduced to cigars on the back lots of Hollywood studios. One of the original founding members of L.A.'s famed Grand Havana Club, he sold his firm and spent five years in Honduras working and learning the cigar trade, including field and barn work. From his first Indian Tabac cigars in the 1990's to his current Rocky Patel Cigars releases, Rocky has insisted on using only the highest quality tobaccos, and the proof is in the numerous accolades and high scores his cigars have received. Often heralded as " "the hardest working man in the cigar business," " Rocky logs more than 300 days on the road a year - an extension of his enthusiasm for his award-winning cigars and his commitment to his customers.

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Born in Zweibrucken, Germany, Russ Page has lived in every corner of Europe with an extensive stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Recent graduate of the Global Security and Intelligence program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Arizona, Russ now works as a sales manager of CDW in Chicago, Il. Since 2010, Russ has developed and ran two cigar forums – Reddit Cigars, and Leaf&Flame - where he is known as the brutally honest ‘SecretAgentMang’.

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Scott Alexander was raised in a family of engineers (grandfather, father, brother), but was forced to become a writer due to a debilitating calculus allergy. His love of all things technologic continued unabated, though, and he forged a career based on examining the fertile nexus between human culture and the increasingly complex technologies we use to mediate it (i.e. computers, TV, videogames, the Internet and all those shiny, shiny gadgets). For the past two decades he has been covering lifestyle and technology at a diverse array of publications including Popular Science, Family Circle, iVillage, CNET, Time Out New York, American Photo and Playboy. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY surrounded by the foul-mouthed children he helped create (at least one of whom he will force to be an engineer).

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Scott is a veteran golf writer based in the golf equipment hub of Carlsbad, Calif. In his 22 years covering the golf industry, the former GOLF Magazine senior editor carries a 5.7 playing index. While his on-course focus sometimes inexplicably disappears, he always brings gusto to his columns. His writing appears on a regular basis in publications such as PGA Magazine, Golf Tips, The Met Golfer, Sharp for Men, Private Clubs, Troon Golf & Travel, Inspirato and California Golf News & Travel.

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Scott Neuman is a writer/editor for National Public Radio. He grew up around boats on Lake Erie and has sailed extensively in the U.S. and Asia. He and his wife, Noi, now live aboard a 37' cutter on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Scott Spolverino is a contributor to Cigar Advisor magazine.

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Automotive photojournalist Scotty Gosson began building street/strip hot rods in the mid-sixties and continues to do so. A longtime freelance contributor to myriad high performance magazines, Gosson also authors books for CarTech Inc. He’s currently building a Model A roadster in his “spare time”.

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SeanMike Whipkey started smoking cigars in college when he was very gravely told not to spend more than $5 on one. Since then he's learned better, even if it still pains him to spend more. As a co-founder and writer at he spends a lot of time thinking of the best alcoholic pairing to go with his sticks.

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Nick " "Gunny Pop" " Popaditch is best known as " "The Cigar Marine" " after an AP photograph was taken just before the Firdos Square statue of Saddam Hussein was destroyed on April 9, 2003 and put on the front pages of newspapers around the world. Nick is the author of Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery, a candid memoir about his service as a tank commander in Iraq, his horrific wounding in the first battle of Fallujah (where he was hit in the head by a rocket-propelled grenade), and his long and difficult recovery. Nick's latest release is The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook: A Drill Instructor's Strategies and Tactics for Success.

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