Gary Manelski


  • Cigar aficionado and journalist who has covered major cigar events
  • Co-founder of Cigar Czars


Gary Manelski is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles on cigars for eight years. A longtime connoisseur, he has reviewed hundreds of cigars, from the value-priced to high-end premium options. As a journalist he has covered major cigar events, including the Big Smoke in Las Vegas, Great Smoke in Palm Beach, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' conventions, and trade shows in New Orleans and Orlando. Manelski 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, Manelski co-founded (with Mitch Fadem) the destination site for cigar lovers, Cigar Czars.


Manelski studied business administration at Cleveland State University.

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