How to Choose the Perfect Cigar

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Choosing a cigar depends on factors such as budget, availability, and personal taste. The sheer number of cigar brands and facings in a well-stocked humidor can overwhelm anyone. Smokers that are fortunate to walk into a shop of a reputable retailer are likely to get a cigar that fits their mood or occasion. If otherwise, these suggestions can help find a sound smoking device.

 

Size

 

Experts recommend beginners to start with relatively small cigars and then move up to mild brands after honing their smoking skill. Jamaican cigars often tend to be gentle, so they are an ideal option for experienced smokers. Of course, every smoker wants to move up to a milder cigar after surpassing the beginner stage.

 

Origin

 

Choosing a cigar based on its number ratings can sometimes mislead smokers. For example, smokers that are used to lighter cigars might be surprised how useless some of the highly rated cigars are after trying them. Instead, smokers should stick to online reviews that describe characteristics, strength, and flavors of a cigar.

 

Taste

 

The first impression of a new or inexperienced smoker is the best way to describe the taste of a cigar brand. A specific cigar brand might be the best fit for you if it makes you experience relaxing and pleasurable. Inexperienced smokers should first ignore the complexities and undertones of flavors, and instead, try a lot of cigar brands, perhaps starting with thinner, milder, and bigger cigars that often have more filler and binder than smaller ones. The color of the wrapper of a cigar contributes significantly to its flavor and taste.

 

Aging

 

Importers of cigars often store them for some time to allow them to mature before selling them. Though there are no rules about how long vendors should let their cigars mature, research has shown that cigars aged 6 to 10 years are the best. However, other experts warn that cigars will slowly lose their bouquet even if users store them under ideal conditions. As such, it’s probably sensible not to keep a cigar for over a decade to avoid unnecessary loses. Cigars are unlikely to get any better by that time, and the chances are that they will lose some of their bouquets.

 

Ring Gauge

 

Cigars fitted with large ring gauges often tend to heat up slower, smoke more slowly and smoothly, and are fuller flavored than the ones with small ring gauges. Their quality is also far better than the ones that come with small ring gauges. Moreover, the filler blend of cigars with small ring gauges often contain little or no tobacco. Large cigars are the preferred choice for experienced smokers who are not in a hurry.