What is it about people that are obsessed enough with the freshness
of their smokes that they would launch a website devoted to the complete
understanding of how to keep stogies in their best condition? Well,
if you are really interested, read on...
David "Doc" Diaz:
Owner, Editor, Contributing Author, Reviewer/Rater and
I started this website in October of 2005. At
that time, I was concerned that there was not enough comprehensive,
accurate cigar information on the internet. Some sites had good
information but were as boring as the tax code, some had text,
but no photos, and others had simply bad information throughout.
As an educator, researcher, writer and cigar smoker, I thought
I could contribute something to add to the industry. What has
evolved has been a site that is well-researched, well-written
and comprehensive. AND, growing every day!
creation of this website has grown from my passion for collecting,
storing and aging fine cigars. The addition of other members
of "Team Stogie Fresh" has exponentially improved our
content and our ability to educate the cigar community. I hope
that what you read in these pages will inspire you to listen,
read, and learn more about our mutual cigar hobby. I also hope
that if you see something missing in the Stogie Fresh publications,
that you will email me and let me know. I am eager to make Stogie
Fresh your one-stop-shop for cigar information. Email
Blake Oliver: Contributing Author, Reviewer/Rater.
I’ve always had a fondness for pipes and
cigars. I presume that I inherited it from my father and grandfather,
both were pipe and cigar smokers. I was so drawn to it that I
started at an early age, with some not so great results. My first
cigar was a Dutch Masters Panatela, after which I got grounded
for a week. Not so much for my choice in cigars, but more for
being 13 years old. My tastes have improved with age. Later,
after high school, I took a job working in a cigar store to help
pay for college and train for my primary vocation. For the time,
it was a privilege to sample different, albeit expensive, cigars
for my customers. Unfortunately, I had taken a long hiatus from
cigars until a few years ago.
It is truly amazing to discover all the avenues
in cigar making. Like a fine wine, malt scotch, or bourbon, they
pass through different stages and many hands before they are
a finished product. It is my desire here at Stogie Fresh, to
pass on opinions and lessons learned on the art of aging cigars.
I hope you have as much fun reading and learning as I do from
the experience. Email
Eddie DeJong: Contributing Author and designer
of the "Official Humidor of Stogie Fresh"
I have always been a fan of exotic and unique natural
materials and leathers. One of my first memories as a child was
falling asleep by the fire in my dad's leather coat in the middle
of of a cold Canadian winter. As my life progressed, I accepted
a design position for a high-end patio company in town, and fell
in love designing gorgeous decks and patios from exotic woods
like Western Red Cedar and rock-hard Pau Lope wood from Brazil.
This very passion has motivated me to design the finest handcrafted
humidors in the world, using hard to find natural materials and
gorgeous contrasting exotic woods. I believe that most modern
culture has been desensitized to appreciate true handcrafted
artistry, in the wake of cheap imported products, high volume
manufacturing, and little attention to detail. My dream is to
bring the art of the handcrafted humidor back, using exotic and
authentic materials in a very functional humidor. Email
Time to move on to the Getting
Started section where you will learn the first steps
in the journey to a better cigar.