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Steven Thurman

Steven Thurman

Steven is a father of 3, a scientist by profession, and a cigar enthusiast by hobby. His first cigar was (regrettably) from a gas station at age 18, but his palate has grown over the years to appreciate the sophistication and crafted experience of premium cigars.

A New Kingdom is born: How two young Cubans plan to disrupt the cigar industry

Un Nuevo Reino, known colloquially as the “AG” cigar, is the latest addition to the impressive line of cigars at Mi Havana in Los Angeles, CA. The name is perhaps a bit audacious, translating...

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured Fat Molly in 3 words – Substantial, Elemental, Charcoal

Fire-cured tobacco is a love-it or hate-it type cigar for most aficionados. For the many cigar smokers that like it mild, fire-cured tobacco is an obvious no-go. For those like me that gravitate toward...

A cheat sheet for your cigar journal

Whether you are new to cigar smoking or have a ten thousand dollar collection of Habanos (especially if you have a $10k collection of Habanos), you should be cigar journaling. Yes, you. You should...

Advice to the new cigar smoker, or things I wish someone had told me: an essay

Cigars come in a variety of shapes and sizes and it can be overwhelming for a new smoker to navigate the cigar world. I remember the first time that I stepped through the sliding...

Cigar Review: 24k gold Mi Havana XII Kingdoms in 3 words: spicy, meaty, decadent

I’ll just say it – Mi Havana is one of the best kept secrets in the cigar world and I feel like it is just a matter of time until this Los Angeles company...

Cigar Review: Pistoff Kristoff robusto in 3 words – jerky, firewood, one-dimensional

So I got one of these Pistoff Kristoff robusto cigars at a local Cigar & Spirits event in Orange County, CA. The name intrigued me and suggests this thing is angry and packs a...

Cigar Review: Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso in 3 words – rich, smooth, perfecto

I have been dying to get my hands on one of these Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars for a while now, but never seemed to manage it until this week. And I am so glad...