I am curious to start a discussion regarding reviews and construction issues. For example, if I am smoking a cigar for review purposes, if it blows up, normally I do not finish the review. If I have to relight it five times and it tars up, the flavor is ruined so reviewing it makes no sense as the notes turn to bitter tar. So I would like to hear from all sides, what would you do in this situation?
For the reviewers, do you finish the review and let consumers know, even though it may be a one time issue and risk pissing off a company? I have a hard time dealing with this as I strive to be as objective as possible and give consumers honest feedback.
For company owners, do you want to know your cigars are blowing up or smoking poorly? I have honestly had a few that I still loved after the fact, but cannot objectively review as the wrapper interplay is ruined. I can think of a couple cigars that exploded I have re-bought but it is hard for me to recommend those objectively to another consumer. I can think of one popular company specifically, I have had nothing but problems with, but have a hard time telling anyone as so many love them.
Also to the company owner, would you prefer the reviewer contact you and let you know?
For the consumer, would you prefer reviewers post reviews that end abruptly in such a manner? For example, notes on first third, notes on second third...then explosion and review is over. Or had to relight it 5 times and it tastes like an old cigarette.
Last but not least, I admit I have tossed reviews that I know my subjectivity plays too large a role in. Just like everyone else, I have my own tastes, so when I smoke something I do not like, and I feel that my objectivity is being compromised for review purposes, I choose not to post. I understand people work hard at blending cigars for their tastes and their customer's tastes, which may not be mine. Do you guys agree or disagree with this practice? Would you rather have me tell you I did not like something and would not re-buy it, or toss the review? I have many times not liked a cigar, but appreciated whom it is blended for, and made recommendations accordingly.
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