Aaron Loomis

I am a co-founder and contributing member of Developing Palates. I began smoking cigars in 2011 and I have been hooked ever since. I like to smoke all types of cigars as I am always on the lookout for finding great flavors. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Cigar Media Association (CMA) and was a founding member and co-owner of the cigar review site Blind Man’s Puff.

Beyond cigars, I am a baseball fanatic, love to play softball, into craft beers and spirits and enjoying time with my wife and young daughter.


Seth Geise

I am a reviewer for Developing palates, joining the team in 2017. My passion for cigars began in 2007 but I have been smoking cigars since 2003. For nearly five years I was writing for myself on Seth’s Humidor, but since then have contributed to other sites, shows and podcasts as well. I am one who focuses on the flavors in a cigar and believe that strength and body should be after thoughts to that. I look for balance, complexity and depth and it is in those three areas you will have a great cigar. Outside of cigars I love spending time with my wife and kids, and I’m a fiend for mojitos.


Jiunn Liu

I am a co-founder and contributing member of Developing Palates. My passion for cigars started 6 years ago, first namely smoking Nicaraguan tobacco. Since then, my palate has developed into enjoying tobacco from all parts of the world. I am always in pursuit of cigars that are full of flavors, aroma and balance. Aside from cigars, my hobbies include being a foodie, craft beer, whiskey, wine and power lifting.


John “Cigar Surgeon” McTavish

I got into cigars approximately 11 years ago, and started blogging in 2012 before moving over to Cigar Federation in 2013. I founded and ran a live cigar pairing show, Sharing Our Pairings, for over 3 years. I’m passionate about whisky, craft beer, travel and somewhat obsessive about coffee.


Gregg Kramer

A college roommate introduced me to cigars in 1976 and I was immediately hooked on the comradery and community they offered when smoking. I have been reviewing cigars since 2010 with the approach that everyone’s palate is different. Just because I like or dislike something does not make it a good or bad cigar. Price point is not indicative of quality and social media/forum buzz may or may not point you in the direction of a cigar you will enjoy. My advice to those who read reviews is find a reviewer who shares a similar palate as you. In my spare time, I am either in the kitchen, on the golf course or behind a camera.


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