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Bands on or off?

It matters not to me whether the band is left on while the cigar is being smoked; really, who cares? Someone unfamiliar with cigars, and the bands on the cigars, is not going to be impressed by a paper ring. And, those who are familiar with cigars – especially a connoisseur smoker – can immediately tell by the ‘perfume’ in the air whether the cigar is quality or not. In my opinion, band on or band off – lit or un-lit – there’s nothing finer than a Fuente Curly Head maduro.
– Donald Neal McKay, Inman, SC

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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