Ciccio10 posted:

i smoke cigars quite often in the summer, generally milder cuban cigars, but i never smoke cigars and drink a good bottle of wine, i find the cigar taste kills the wine... usually stock to cheaper bourbon with cigars

Ditto, with the exception that I would substitute cheaper bourbon with single malt. I don't find that smoking cigars impacts the enjoyment of higher alcohol spirits as it does with wine.

After all these years Tom's answer is still on point.

I can't stand cigars or smoke of any kind, but if you can taste and you're consistent, that's what matters.

And of course, if someone chews gum, well, we have all the info we need regarding the person's general IQ and whether we would pay attention to any critical notes . . .

Perhaps some influential wine critics do smoke tobacco and don't necessarily want that fact to be widely known.  Because they have killed the majority of their taste buds and olfactory receptors, they give higher scores to over-extracted, unbalanced monster wines.  That's bad and good news for us non-smokers.  Bad, because the top winemakers are making a style of wine that I don't like, in order to get high scores from the tobacco-using wine critics.  Good, because the traditionally styled wines with good acidity and reasonable extract and without excessive alcohol, will get lower scores and thus lower prices.

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