Meet the Ash-holes: Chris


My Cigar History

Growing up I can remember my Dad smoking cigars and I guess that is what sparked my interest early on.  So in June 2000, while on my senior trip in the the Bahamas, I decided to try a cigar for myself.  I don’t remember the particulars, but I can tell you it was a H. Upmann.  Over that week I probably smoked a handful of cigars and remember feeling like I had really discovered something.  When I returned to the states I had to wait a month and a half before I could purchase cigars legally; so, as soon as I turned 18 I started frequenting a local Tinder Box.  Early on I smoked a lot of  Romeo y Julieta, Partagas Black, La Gloria Cubana Serie R and Sancho Panza.  As my interest grew so did my tastes.  I began picking up new and different cigars and began a journey of self discovery; a journey that continues today.

Cigars quickly became a part of my life.  I spent countless nights on the back deck with my Dad smoking cigars, sipping scotch and talking about whatever came to mind.  Cigars even found their way into family gatherings.  Following any big holiday meal or birthday celebration there is always a cloud of smoke that hovers above a group of family members, that includes my cousin Charlie.  We joke that we are solving the world’s problems, but it’s nothing more than a world class BS session.  But that’s what cigars are all about; they are about more than just the leaf, it’s about the people who smoke them and the stories they share.

In June of 2007, after attending CigarFest, I began frequenting an online cigar board, Cigar Weekly.  I had met a few members while at the event, and decided that it would be a great way to learn new things and share my love for cigars.  That pretty much brings us to today.  Now, I would consider myself a true certifiable cigar nut.  I belong to a handful of boards and, thanks to Charlie, now use Twitter where I have met even more great cigar nuts like myself.


My Personal History

I’m a 26 year old Financial Analyst living in Maryland.  I married my high school sweetheart in November of 2006.  We don’t have any kids yet, but we are looking forward to that in the future.  

A little more about me in complete random style: can’t imagine not owning a Jeep, don’t play golf enough, love all types of music, enjoy trying new craft beers, bourbons and scotches, I’m a wanna-be handy man, enjoy watching football, hockey and NASCAR, and I’m a night owl.

Some of my favorite cigar brands: Tatuaje, Illusione, La Flor Dominicana, Liga Privada No. 9, Don Pepin Garcia, CAO, EO Brands, Camacho, Torano and Joya de Nicaragua.     

My Cutters: Palio Silver and a Xikar Xi2.

My Lighters: Xikar Executive torch, Colibri soft-flame lighter.

My Humidors: 150-200 Count Savoy, 1 48 Quart coolerdor, 1 Camacho Cherry cabinet style humidor and a 25 count desktop at the office.

Other: Xikar 20-30 count traveldor.

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Excellent. Great to know your favorites. Makes it easy to compare palates.

You look like an ash-hole.


This guy. Hey I love those Liga Privvies. Some tasty smokes.

Good ashes. Nice to know about the people on this site.

That’s good stuff. I like to know a little background. I’m somewhat of a wannabe handyman myself. It’s not always pretty, but it’s functional.

Must be cool smoking with family like that. I’m a loner in that sense and quite frankly think the family dislikes it when I disappear now and then to enjoy a smoke. Oh well!

Nice to meet you Chris.

Hey man, found out about this from Walton – Looks great! Keep up the great work, and next time I’m in town we need to fire up a stogie.

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