Who Are We
I am thrilled to be able to dedicate my work to those fine cigar lovers who, like me, are always searching new cigars to try. Not just any cigars, but those that will delight our palate.
A lengthy trial and error, like the one I went through when I moved from Italy to the US in 2013, can be extremely frustrating. Premium cigars are not cheap and the time we want to set aside for them can be even more precious.
I believe, and Cigar Sense data confirms this, that every cigar has a chance to be appreciated by up to 50-60% of cigar lovers, depending on their tastes, which vary based on individuals, but also based on world regions, as these are closely bound to culture. This is why I want to offer innovative tools and independent information to empower fine cigar lovers to make educated purchases and to fully enjoy their new cigars, through a journey that leads us to talk the same cigar tasting language. I love to think of Cigar Sense as the place where I can tell you “I believe you will like this cigar, try it and tell me what you think”.
For me fine cigars are not commodities, they are artwork and gourmet products that deserve inconspicuous considerations while enjoying them. I also think that fine cigar consumers deserve their needs and desires to be taken into account by the industry.
As to my background, I worked in the high-tech industry covering mainly program, operational and business intelligence management roles. I am addicted to SlowFood, which was born near my hometown in Italy. I fell in love with fine cigars in 2003 and started then my specific studies. From catador to cigar sommelier, from professional taster (ISO 8586-1/2) to sensory panel leader.
Cigar Sense is not just me. It could not exist without David Wells, my partner in business and life.
David is a computer engineer and an experienced business consultant, currently coaching clients in the understanding and adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework. Thanks to his passionate proselytizing for Agility, our baby, Cigar Sense, is a great example of an agile business.
Also, we are a team of trained Cigar Sensory Analysts, whose blind tests results are invaluable to continue to grow our detailed database. We are continuously trained according to sensory analysis standards. Our analysts are from Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America.
We are extremely honored by the Cigar Journal jury decision to recognize Cigar Sense as a notable ambassador in the cigar culture in September 2017. Thank you Cigar Journal!
We sincerely hope you enjoy using our service, and ask that you actively support cigar smokers’ rights wherever you live.