I was 19 or 20 as I smoked my first cigar and it was during a simple gathering with my friends after difficult exams during my university years.
After a while, it became a ritual for us, like a meditation, that took away the entire stress of the hardworking days for those exams. By time, I was taken away by this new culture and started to do research on cigars and cigar smoking more and more, whenever I had the chance. I was reading, discussing with friends and aficionados, trying new brands. Anyting and everything started to amaze me around cigars. As my knowledge deepened, so did the pleasure of cigar smoking.
Then a time came, when I realized that unfortunately, there was less then few trustworthy sources in Turkish. Everything I was reading and learning from was in various languages but Turkish. Hence, I decided the share the knowledge I have on cigars and cigar culture... of course in Turkish. By doing so I aim to share, what I see, hear and read on and around cigars and cigar smoking in Turkish, by allowing fellow Turkish cigar smokers to enjoy and increase their pleasure by learning what I learned.
This journey around cigars also allowed me to become a tasting panelist for one of mostly admired cigar magazines Cigar Journal d and also an ambassador to Istanbul of Cigar Cities. Since February 2016, el Lector Blog is also a IPCPR(International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association) Internet Media Member.
el Lector, has started its life on the net as a blog but as per the feedback received from the followers, changed its format to a more web-site-looking site.
In case you would like to reach me as a fellow cigar smoker, please donot hesitate to mail me or feel free to use the below Contact form.