As a decorated Embassy Guard in the United States Marine Corps he has traveled the world. His father was also a member of the military, so he moved a lot as a kid and spent many of his childhood years overseas. He smoked his first cigar while stationed in Japan—and vowed to never smoke again. Luckily for us, he abandoned that original conviction and has since developed a fine palette for cigars. His international experiences have given him a wonderful appreciation for unique cultures and ways of life. The years he spent traveling and enjoying different people and customs gives him the ability to adapt to new situations and make friends quickly.
Which helps…because at 6 foot 5, you’d think he’d be pretty intimidating… unapproachable even. He doesn’t say too much, which is either makes him mysterious or terrifying…we’re not which sure yet. He’s got a palette for cigars: he knows what he likes and why he likes it. He’s thrilled to teach beginners how to choose cigars that are head-turners. He likes the big brands, but knows how to discriminate and find only the most delicious of their lines and kick the rest to the curb.
Please welcome our new guest blogger as he guides beginners through making smart choices, along with sharpening the skills of intermediates. He’ll cut through the crap cigars and the hype of all the BIG BRANDS and their fancy-pants packaging. He’ll get right to the meat and tell you why it’s meaty.
If he smokes it- he shoots it. You’re going to LOVE his cigar photos. They’re like ART. But like, the kind of art you actually like, and are interested in. Not ladies without eyebrows or old fogies on a farm…good stuff, like cigars and beer.
Also as a side note, we might start referring to him as “Big Bivens”. We haven’t asked him yet, but he IS 6’5″. Seems obvious, harmless even. Or he might be sensitive, hate it and rip us in half. You know that shy, quiet type. It’s always something small that makes them SNAP.Welcoming Stephen Bivens as CH's Newest Guest Blogger by Stephen Bivens