My name is Enj, I’m originally from Hawaii and currently residing in Arizona.
So How Did I Get Involved With Cigars?
When I was growing up, I was always fascinated by cigars. Seeing characters in movies smoke them to the Dogs Playing Poker painting. Then I was in high school, a few friends smoked cigarette, so did I. But, I would experiment with gas station cigars. Like Swisher Sweets and Black N’ Mild's. I did that on and off for a few years.
In 2007, that’s when things changed for me with cigars, when I was stationed in Colorado. One night at a weekly meet up with a car club I belonged to was a fellow member named Ripp. I noticed him leaning against his SRT-8 Jeep Cherokee, smoking a cigar. I was in awe! So, I walked up to him, and asked him what kind of cigar is he smoking. He says the name of it and I can’t even remember it. My reply to him is Oh, I thought you were smoking a Swisher. He tells me with distain, Hell No! I don’t smoke that garbage. Have you smoked a cigar before?! I say yes, so he hands me his cigar to try. That moment there is when real cigars came into my life. That was my kumbaya, moment!
I remember Drew Estate was coming out with all this new stuff. Totally changing the game for the cigar industry. The end of 2010-2012, I had to stop smoking cigars. Because I decided to have a second child. Then I picked up cigars again towards the end of my military career and haven’t stopped since.