I am a Korean reading The Lives of the Great Composers by Harold Schonberg.
There's part of an article quoted from the New York Times describing how Americans welcomed Offenbach in his visit to New York.
Reporters swarmed around him before he had yet landed, and one of them, connected with a Tammany evening paper, was actually presented with one of the great man's private cigars and testified with much feeling that "mortal man never smoked their superior in quality.
What I am stuck with is the last sentence with double quotations. "mortal man never smoked their superior in quality." I really don't understand.
Does "mortal man" mean general human-being or the modest reporter who was presented with a cigar? What does "never smoked" "superior in quality"? Does it mean that the reporter was so honored that he forgot the superior quality of the cigar?