The ritual of choosing and buying a cigar contributes to the whole smoking experience. That’s why it’s important to get more information from a tobacco specialist. Here are some tips that you can take into account yourself.
Cigars come in different shapes and sizes. The size of the cigar you choose depends entirely on your taste and the time you have to enjoy it.
Cigars with a larger ring gauge tend to be heavier, heat up less quickly, and burn more evenly and slowly. In addition, the larger cigars are usually better built because in most cases they are rolled by more experienced cigar hands.
When choosing a cigar, it’s important to make sure that the wrapper is intact and has a healthy shine. The cigar must have a clear bouquet and can’t be too dry or brittle because this will affect the taste.
A good cigar should not be too firm or too soft. In addition, the wrapper shouldn’t be too veiny, because then something probably went wrong during the various inspections. The colour is also a pretty good indication. A darker wrapper will usually have a stronger and sweeter taste. This is because a dark wrapper contains more sugar.
Finally, age is an important factor. During the ageing process, cigars gain additional richness and complexity, just like a fine wine does. Heavy cigars, especially the thicker ones, mature better than the mild ones. Milder cigars, especially those with a light wrapper, rather lose their bouquet if stored for too long. That’s why you shouldn’t wait too long when smoking a light cigar.
Most smokers prefer a small, mild cigar in the morning or after lunch. A heavy cigar before eating can spoil your appetite, making it difficult to taste your food.
Seasoned smokers will go for a Robusto after a heavy lunch. This one has an explosion of flavour for a rather small cigar, which is also useful when you don’t have a lot of time. Smoking a larger and heavier cigar is more common after a heavy meal or late at night. A mild cigar won’t be as enjoyable on a full stomach. Cigar lovers will usually opt for a Belicoso, a Churchill or a Double Corona.