His father is one of the cigar industry’s legendary master blenders; Avo was his adopted uncle, he knows the cigar business inside and out. He’s also just a really nice guy: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Cigars Brand Ambassador, who talks with us about growing up at the heart of the business, the appreciation of a fine cigar, and more
First cigars in the U.S.
Q. I just startedgetting into smoking premium cigars. I’m also a history buff and curious about whencigars firstappreared in the United States?
– Trey in Michigan
A. According to my research, the premium handrolled cigar (as we know it) was introduced to the United States in the late 18th century by Israel Putnam, an army general who served in the Revolutionary War. After the War General Putnam traveled to Cuba and returned with a box of Cuban cigars. And the rest is history!