By Charles Kelly
If you’re anything like me – you either have, or would like to have, a love affair with cigars. Whether you are a cigar connoisseur or just getting started you know that a great cigar can mark a memory for life. Just like certain aromas or a special song on the radio will trigger a look back, fond or otherwise, the right cigar at the right time will forever be a placeholder in your mind. I’m not talking about the cigars you might smoke every day. No – I’m talking about the ones you save for, the ones you savor, the ones you may only be able to afford once in a lifetime. Like a fine bottle of wine for a special occasion – an excellent cigar celebrates the milestones in one’s life. Just before my 50th birthday I decided that I would celebrate the year by smoking each of the top 25 cigars on the 2013 Cigar Aficionado’s list. This book is a review of those cigars and a few other gems I discovered on my journey. Each smoke marks the story of a special place, person or event. Draw deep and enjoy.