“I have always had a passion for cigars, even during early childhood,” said Maria. “I remember watching my grandmother chew tobacco and smoke cigars. I always looked at her with admiration and always wanted to keep that image of her.”
Maria is a ‘proud’ Latina, born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico and she is the only one of her nine siblings who smokes cigars. Her passion for the leaf is a boundless embellishment of smoke and ashes.
“Cigars are my passion,” she said. “They run through my veins. I smoke two cigars a day during the week and at least three a day on the weekends.”
Like most cigar smokers, Maria enjoys pairing her sticks with a tasty libation. In particular, she likes to drink Captain Morgan rum or Indigo Vodka, either straight or with a mixer. Her list of favorite cigars can go on for pages, but a few that she especially enjoys are Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012, Liga Privada, Gurkha, Makers Mark, Camacho, Fratello and Java.
When not smoking cigars, Maria has exciting ways to occupy her time. She has an eclectic array of hobbies and interests from painting/sketching and watching the sun set to football and motorcycles. She is an abstract artist who loves to be creative. Her favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots, a byproduct of spending many years living in Boston.
Maria, known as Cigar Appasionada on Facebook and Spicy47 on Instagram, undoubtedly loves her cigars and certainly deserves the honor of being this week’s Sizzlin’ Sunday Cigar Babe.
According to Maria, this famous quote is what makes cigars so special: “Cigar smoking knows no politics. It’s about pursuit of pleasure, taste and aroma.” – Anonymous