Meet the Ash-holes: Ben

Ashholes - Ben

I started smoking cigars around 2002 a couple of years after graduating from Mississippi State University.  I joined Cigar Weekly in 2004 and met a lot of really great people and started learning a lot about cigars from some of the senior members on the board.  A lot of them sent me some grab bags of different stuff to try which is where I developed my taste of what I liked and didn’t like.  I couldn’t get enough information.  I absorbed it like a sponge.  I really enjoy medium to full bodied cigars mainly from Honduras and Nicaragua.  I LOVE tobacco from Costa Rica.  This year, I joined two other Cigar Weekly BOTLs, Chris and Charlie, and started doing reviews for Nice Tight Ash.  I’ve done several reviews at Cigar Weekly before, but this gave me a great opportunity to get more in depth and do more reviews, something I really love to do.

Outside of NTA, I’m a 34 year old computer engineer for a large defense contractor, husband, father of three and avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Saints, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (like a good Irish Catholic boy should) and Manchester United.  I really enjoy beer and coffee and sample as much as I can as well as a wine geek.  HUGE history nut and I owe my engineering degree to Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast aka Katrina Land. Avid outdoorsman which I love to hunt and fish. Also, I enjoy shooting sports and archery.

Top 10 cigar (no particular order):  Room 101 cigars, Illusione Nosotros, J. Fuego Gran Reserva Corojo No. 1, Alec Bradley Vice Press, Punch Gran Puro, Bucanero Treasure, Ashton VSG, Perdomo Champagne, Cruzado, 601 Black Label

Top 5 Cubans:  Cohiba Esplendidos, Punch Punch, RASS, Partagas Serie D No. 4, Hupmann Mag 46


Twitter:  BulldogRifleman

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Nice bio, Ben.

Hi Ben, my names Mike – nice to meet you.


:p – we might be able to use some of this info for the throw down between you and Ron Perlman – LMAO – see what you miss by not being on Twitter =)

TMI! TMI! Just kidding. Nice bio man, thanks for the list of your fav cigars.

Very well written bio, Ben. It is always a pleasure to know the person behind the smoke.
~Love and Gratitude~

great bio ben although i would like to see some bumper stickers available in the store

Nice to meet you the other night at the cigar shop.

Good reviews by the way.

A lover of cigars, NOLA, Notre Dame & futbol? Good man.

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