a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste: a connoisseur of modern art.
Increasingly I'm realising that Malc is a connoisseur-type. He is one of those people who likes to do things thoroughly, rather than quickly. He likes to learn about the processes he enjoys and become expert in them. For the most part this an enjoyable quality to live with- he has perfected Moroccan mint tea (very occasionally it can be frustrating, like when you're waiting for an after dinner coffee).
Its interesting that the word connoisseur is grounded in the arts,
Connoisseurs evaluate works of art on the basis of aesthetic conclusions...but it must be grounded in a thorough understanding of the work itself...
Perhaps that's where Malc picked it up from. But also takes on the art of eating and drinking,
Internationally the term connoisseur is also used in the context of gastronomy, i.e. in connection with fine food, beer, wine, tea and many other products whose consumption can be pleasing to the senses.
Will you allow me to extend the term to shaving? Perhaps Malcolm will explain a bit more.