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To Review or not Review

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

…That is the question.

Gary-and-I-225x300The cigar industry, being full of the passionate people it boasts, is of course filled with those whose opinion resonates with those who wish to be informed. It’s not much different from reading about your favorite tech gadget or movie online. All have their critics and complimentors. Cigar bloggers/ reviewers are the subjects of this commentary and I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

A short while after my first few blogs about cigars and the lifestyle I noticed a topic coming up in conversations that peaked my interest, the question on reviewing cigars that weren’t enjoyed by the reviewer. My personal feelings on this topic have been subject of some criticism. My belief has always been that any business will have its fans and nonfans. The cigar industry is one that shares much of the same necessities as food service, namely taste. As we all know taste is subjective. Something one may find to be one of the best things they’ve experienced may be the complete opposite for another, and of course vice versa.

In the many years I’ve enjoyed cigars there’s no question that I’ve come across some that I haven’t enjoyed. Rather than reviewing items as such I’ve reserved my comments for private conversation. If I didn’t like it I have no problem sharing my opinion, but in a more private setting, (direct message, phone, email, etc.) My reasoning behind this is simple. I own a family business, as much of the cigar industry is. Word of mouth is both the best and worst tool. I’d rather not come out publicly and bash someone’s hopefully heartfelt work. I rely on the simple notion that if I didn’t review it, I may not have liked it. That being said, I may not even have smoked it. One thing I always entertain is being asked and giving an honest answer.

One noticeable aspect is that there are some people that are extremely thorough and post most of their experiences, whether positive or negative. I personally don’t hold any animosity to anyone that chooses to do so. On the contrary I applaud their passion for what they do and the honesty put forth. However as mentioned before there are cigars that aren’t enjoyed by others yet have received praise from others.

At the end of the day I can find no correct answer. I’ve reserved my time to share what I’ve enjoyed in the hopes that you will as well. I always accept conversation on any topic whether an agreement or disagreement. As said taste is subjective, and no one palate is the same as another. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Would you like to see a broader section of reviewing or just a focus on the positive?

On a personal note this is my first post in collaboration with the great people of Bodega Cigars. I look forward to many more, and a long happy relationship, in addition to the enjoyment of great cigars, this industry boasts its power over the development of relationships with people you may have otherwise not known. This collaboration is an example of that fact. Some people, however far apart, are bonded by the love of the leaf, and such a powerful bond should always be built upon. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! –Evan “The Smoking Greek” Verikakis.

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The Smoking Greek was founded on August 13 2012. I decided to start this site because of my love for cigars and the lifestyle. I have been smoking cigars for about 10 years with more emphasis in the last 7 years. I have had the pleasure of enjoying fine cigars and developing relationships that I hope will last a lifetime. This community is filled with men and women that make it what it is, an excellent community to be a part of. I’ve met many from all walks of life and look forward to meeting more.

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  1. Great piece Evan

  2. I agree with G, well done piece Evan

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