Whenever I need information on a new cigar or need to know what’s going on in the cigar world, I always know exactly where to turn. After wasting time on all the cigar websites, I’ve come to know and trust my top 5 sources in the cigar industry. This article about those 5 authoritative voices.
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If there was a Marvel super hero for cigars, it would probably have to be Will Cooper. The dude is dead serious about cigars, and uber passionate about them. He’s a human encyclopedia when it comes everything related to the cigar industry and has made it his mission to be actively engaged with everyone in the process, from blender to consumer.
Whenever I’m trying out a new cigar or want to learn more about a cigar, my first stop is always Mr. Cooper’s website www.cigar-coop.com. His reviews are fantastic and always dead on with my palette. Will Cooper is all over social media and can always be found doing blogs, podcasts, live web shows, and even radio.
I initially learned about Will Cooper via Stogie Geeks. Last year I was searching for interesting podcasts about cigars via the iPhone podcast app and I came across the Stogie Geeks. It was a few months later before I realized all the podcasts were also video episodes available on youtube. It’s crazy how well the production quality is of their shows.
For the most part, the host of the show is Paul Asadoorian and until recently, most of the episodes were Paul and Will Cooper. Will has moved on from the Stogie Geeks to continue growing www.cigar-coop.com.
Paul is very entertaining and makes learning about cigars incredibly fun. His reviews on cigars mean a ton to me, because of everyone out there, I have found that what I like and dislike matches most closely to Paul Asadoorian so his cigar reviews are like gospel to me.
Bryan Glynn is a self-made cigar hero in this industry. Bryan started off as just a guy who did cigar reviews on video in his backyard (and still does) and somehow quickly became an important voice in the industry. To many, his reviews are often the most credible reviews. He is not afraid to bash a cigar if he does not like it. Most of the cigars he smokes are sent in by fans for him to try and review, so he has nothing to gain or lose by giving a cigar a good or bad review.
In addition to his reviews, Bryan is insanely knowledgeable about all things cigars… especially maintaining them. For many cigar smokers, Bryan is the first place they go to to get their cigar FAQ’s answered.
Bryan also brings a lot of attention to fake cuban cigars. Part of his video series is dissecting cuban cigars to see if they are real or fake. It is actually information I’ve learned from Bryan that has helped me to determine that the cuban cigars I was buying in the Dominican are all fake.
If this wasn’t all great enough, Bryan also gathers cigars for troops. His loyal fans send in hundreds and hundreds of cigars that he then makes sure get delivered to our serving men and women. Go Bryan!
The Cigar Advisors
You don’t know who the Cigar Advisors are? Shame! Shame!
The current lineup of Cigar Advisors is Tommy Z, John, Gary, and Fred. I guess you could say they’re like the Beatles of the cigar world? The cigar advisors is this fantastic group of 4 dudes who work hand in hand with Famous Smoke. Their job? Promote all things cigars and make sure everyone knows about famous-smoke.com
The personalities of these guys are fantastic and all four are super down to earth dudes. What’s great is you can meet the cigar advisors live on Facebook each Wednesday at 3PM eastern. They broadcast via Facebook Live out of their smokey office in Easton, PA. Each week they discuss what cigars they’re smoking, tips and tricks, educational info about cigars, and what’s new in the cigar industry. If you haven’t yet tuned in… again… Shame! Shame!
I know, I know. But their yearly top 25 list still holds all the weight in the cigar industry, and their email newsletter does provide lots of interesting cigar information. They’re still the gold standard in cigar commentary.