Tasting Panel

Photo: Isabella Petricek

Cigar Journal’s cigar ratings rely on the expertise of experienced smokers from a variety of countries. During our “blind tastings” featuring dozens of individual smokes, we remove cigar rings to limit clues to a cigar’s identity, and our testers use a standardized rating protocol. This ensures that as few external factors as possible influence the smoking experience. The rating that finally appears in the magazine is a summary of 15 individual evaluations provided by our tasting panelists.

The following panelists regularly take part in Cigar Journal blind tastings:

Benden, Marc (D)
Blanco Urgoiti, Javier (ES)
Bornecrantz Dias, André (SE)
Brändle, Alexander (D)
Braun, Jan (CZ)
Buonincontro, Aniello (I)
Clock, Matthias (USA)
Comparetto, Franca (I)
Eder, Otto (A)
Erten, Cem (TR)
Frauendorfer, Martin-Ralph (A)
Fröhlich, Manuel (CH)
Garofalo, David (USA)
Gaudenzi, Peter (A)
Gottwald, Maximilian (D)
Gunde, Enrico (D)
Hallwyler, Peter (CH)
Hancock, Guy (IRL)
Hazar, Ercan (A)
Hees, Simone (D)
Iannillo, Gino (I)
Ivanic, Mirko (A)
Jonathan, Mr. (USA)
Juselius, Merja (SE)
Juntunen, Sari (FIN)
Kane, Mary Lynn (USA)
Krammer, Roland (A)
Kuffner, Andreas (A)
Kuhn, Reto (CH)
Kuzucu, Umut (TR)
Leenheers, Maurits (NL)
Lorenzová, Lucie (CZ)
Motyka, Stella (SK)
Niveau, Oliver (USA)
Odermatt, André (CH)
Odh, Martin (SE)
Patjas, Petteri (FIN)
Peter, Marc (CH)
Pischetsrieder, Tobias M. (FL)
Poerz, Heiko (D)
Rabel, Jiří (CZ)
Paletta, John (USA)
Rehberger, Ivo (CZ)
Reuter, Sam (LU)
Rolčík, Jakub (CZ)
Romé, Helmut (A)
Ruhs, Jim (A)
Safferthal, Alexander (A)
Sahakian, Eddie (GB)
Sahakian, Edward (GB)
Spurr, Samuel (AUS)
Stein, Barry (USA)
Steltzer, Heinz (A)
Tapies, Jorge (E)
Wagner, René (CH)
Weber, Marco (CH)
Weikamp, Stefan (D)
Weinberg, Steven (USA
Wells, David (USA)
Widmayer, Reinhold (A)
Wolf, Albrecht (FL)

We are not currently accepting applications for spots on our tasting panel.

Retired tasting panel members

Chase, Simon (GB)
Perelman, Richard B. (USA)

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