What is the worst cigar you ever smoked? It is a question that pops up every few weeks in almost any Facebook cigar group. And I really don’t understand that question. Why would you want to post a negative question? What do you get out of the answers? A negative question only returns negative answers and isn’t cigar-smoking supposed to be positive? Plus, most of the time it is nothing but a feeding frenzy to talk trash about the usual suspects. It serves no use.
Most of the answers are useless anyway. Instead of mentioning a cigar, brands are thrown under the bus. Brands with a wide portfolio, from mild cigars to heavy cigars. From thin cigars to thick cigars. The three most mentioned brands are even brands with a portfolio that covers cigars from two or more different countries. So lumping the whole portfolio of such a brand together makes no sense. Often it’s just an attitude of wanting to belong to “the cool guys that talk trash about Gurkha/Rocky Patel/Alec Bradley, or brand x”.
Don’t trash a whole brand over one bad line
Take Gurkha for example, probably the most hated brand according to social media. Gurkha doesn’t have its own factory. They have cigars made at several different factories in Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. So even if you dislike a number of Gurkha cigars, another blend made in another factory might suit your palate. And I admit that I am not a fan of most of the Gurkha cigars I smoked. Yet there are a few cigars in Gurkha’s portfolio that I do like. Rocky Patel, the second most mentioned brand in those topics, has so many different blends and produces cigars in Honduras and Nicaragua. So not liking one line or one series doesn’t mean that the whole brand is bad. Number three on the list is Alec Bradley. They use three different factories, and even more if you include the Alec & Bradley lines. To say that the whole brand sucks make the poster a joke in my humble opinion.
Of course, some may say that asking a question like that is to gain knowledge on what to try and what not. But then, why take the negative approach? With the same amount of effort, you can ask for recommendations in a positive way. What cigar do you recommend me to try, and why? is so much nicer to ask. And the answers will give you cigars to look for instead of cigars to avoid. That is a much nicer list to go shopping with.
So I am urging you, use the positive approach. With all the negativity in society nowadays, and with an industry under attack, we can use a more positive approach to our hobby, instead of a negative one. Asking a positive question doesn’t cost anything extra, but it helps to build a positive vibe.