What is the Etiquette Sharing Cigars
Q.Is there any etiquette with regard to sharing cigars?
A. Although I have immensely enjoyed smoking solo on a deserted beach in Kona while the turtles and dolphin swim in the bay; I must say that there is something very special in sharing a fine cigar with another human being. If it happens to be a new acquaintance, you already have something in common - you both enjoy cigars.
Usually, a 15 minute chat will determine the "cigar savvy" of your new friend and if you have a selection, (after "diplomatically" reciting your own knowledge of cigars), all the better. However, we all have just a few really "special friends" that fall within our "inner circle," and when that person also happens to be somewhat of a fellow aficionado, the act of sharing a fine cigar becomes a thing of beauty.
I write about this now for two reasons: 1) I have just started a new job and have found the gift of a cigar a good way to break the ice with new work colleagues, and 2) my wife and I just returned from a short trip to Kentucky where we visited what I would consider, our best true friends. In the latter example, when I relaxed and enjoyed a cigar with my friend Greig, time slowed down considerably, and we randomly recalled our times together in High School, the Army and our many other adventures.
My advice: Purchase good quality cigars, age them well, and always have enough on hand for friends. A solo cigar is a wonderful spiritual thing but a cigar shared with another enthusiast is simply one of life's genuine pleasures
- Gene McCann in Hawaii
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.Show all Gary Korb's Articles