Meet Anne Marie Zischkau, a beautiful gal of Lebanese, German, Spanish and Israeli decent who hails from Texas. She is a scientist by day and a cigar smoker by night. This devilish dame is as brilliant as she is beautiful. Anne Marie graduated at the top of her class with honors in Molecular Pathology, finishing her Masters in less than a year. She has started her PhD in biology at Texas Tech University while managing a next generation sequencing laboratory. In addition to smoking plenty of cigars, some of her other hobbies include reading, working in the garden, shooting pistols at the local indoor range (used to compete in IDPA), hunting, fishing, attending Bible study, and of course indulging in a good cigar and a glass of whiskey.
This lady of the leaf may be the perfect woman in all facets of the imagination – brains, beauty, the outdoors, scotch and cigars. Anne Marie smoked her first cigar when she was 13 years old, but didn’t start smoking cigars regularly until college.
“My great uncles took me deep sea fishing and as was a custom with them, they pulled out and lit a couple of cigars. Somewhere out there exists a photo of me standing between my uncles, with me smoking my first cigar,” said Zischau.
The big event happened years later when her younger brother, Eric, was a bartender at a very nice establishment that boasted of its own walk in humidor. The owner decided to sell off some of his inventory.
“I walked away with quite the heap of cigars. Thus began my cigar collection,” said Zischkau. “I met a group of fellow cigar smokers here in Lubbock, Texas while attending graduate school and there was not looking back after that.”
“I love a cigar that gives me a good mouthful of smoke, has a beautiful ash, a good and smooth draw, and that has a tendency to be complex, such as changing flavors several times during my smoke,” she said. “I will not continue smoking a cigar that I do not enjoy; life is too short for that.”
There is no doubt that this buxom beauty brings much needed sex appeal to an otherwise male-dominated industry that is starving for females
“I believe that any woman that enjoys cigar smoking is an attractive woman indeed, both inside and out. I have yet to meet another woman that shares my interests in cigars that I do not immediately get a long with. The things that I wish to contribute to the cigar industry are good conversation, enjoyable company, and my little bit of something different,” she said.
When not donning her lab coat inside a laboratory, Anne Marie can be found at the Know A Guy Cigar Lounge in Lubbock, Texas. She meets up with her college buddies every Thursday night to share cigars, play pool and poker and even play the piano.
It is definitely fair to say that Anne Marie Zischkau deserves the honors of “Cigar Babe” of the week.
“I love a cigar that gives me a good mouthful of smoke, has a beautiful ash, a good and smooth draw, and that has a tendency to be complex.”
“The things that I wish to contribute to the cigar industry are good conversation, enjoyable company, and my little bit of something different.”