New for 2010…

No Ratings!!!

Rating a cigar and how to do it is something I have struggled with ever since I started writing reviews.  Even when I didn’t have a blog and I was writing in a notebook for my own benefit, I struggled with putting a value to my opinion of a cigar.  When I first started the blog I did not have a rating system or score card for cigars.  I was new to the reviewing thing and didn’t know what to do but for some reason felt like I needed a way to score the cigars.  So eventually I adopted a numerical scoring system used on one of my favorite forums.   I never really liked it, so I switched to a more generalized letter grading system.  This suited me much better and while generally I have been happy with it, I still do not love it and am not 100% comfortable with it.  For this reason, I am trying something different for the year 2010 and perhaps beyond.  I am going back to the beginning.  I will no longer be assigning any kind of rating to a cigar.  I will simply state my own opinion of the cigar in the review and leave it at that.  That’s the meat of it anyway.  Does putting a number or a letter on the cigar really add any value anyway?

-Matt

For historical context here are the links to my two former rating systems…

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