Gary Manelski

  • Cigar aficionado and connoisseur of handmade premium cigars for more than two decades
  • Co-founder of Cigar Czars


Gary Manelski is a former writer for ThoughtCo. He has been a connoisseur of handmade premium cigars for more than two decades. He has reviewed hundreds of cigars, from the value priced to the high end super premium, and as a journalist has covered major cigar events, such as the Big Smoke in Las Vegas, Great Smoke in Palm Beach, and the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' conventions and trade shows in New Orleans and Orlando. Gary has also traveled to countless cigar factories, emporiums, and cigar bars, both in the United States and abroad, including Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic.

in 2014, Gary co-founded (with Mitch Fadem) the destination site for cigar lovers, Cigar Czars. He wrote on cigars for ThoughtCo for eight years.


Gary studied Business Administration at Cleveland State University.

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