Smoking a cigar is something no one should do just for show. Smoking the right cigar is an experience to remember. Learning how to distinguish between the quality of different types of cigars is essential. The quality of the cigar has a direct effect on the experience. The lower the quality, the less likely the cigar will have that distinctive taste that makes smoking a cigar an experience of flavor and aroma.
When choosing a cigar, there are three distinctive traits to look for, the body, the flavor, and the strength.
Taking the time to examine the body of the cigar is critical. The body will tell you more about the cigar than you think. When looking at your cigar, you want to assess the wrapping. The wrapper should be free of gaps and tears. Gaps and tears in a wrapper could mean the tobacco has been exposed to the air and is highly likely to have dried out. You want a cigar that is uniform in color. A spotted or smeared wrapper is a sign of the cigar being improperly humidified. The cigar could have been exposed to cycles of over-humidification and excessive dryness. You want to hold and feel the cigar. You want a cigar that is full, firm and doesn’t have voids in the tobacco. Voids in the tobacco can create air pockets and weak spots in the wrapping. Checking the feeling of the cigar’s wrapper. You want to feel to see if it is dry, flaky, or if the wrapper crumbles when it is touched. These are traits you never want in a cigar. The smoother the cigar the better the quality is.
The flavor of a cigar is very important, it makes or breaks the cigar. Flavor is determined by more than just the taste of the cigar. Your sense of smell plays as much of a role in determining the flavor as does your sense of taste. If you like the smell of the cigar, the chances are you will like the taste of a cigar. When you are unable to smell the cigar, it will have a deeper effect on the taste. As with everything we taste, when our sinuses are impaired so is our taste. Especially in cigar smoking, because you’re smelling the smoke and not eating it. A good flavored cigar has a concentrated aroma.
The strength of a cigar is determined by more than the sense of smell. The entire body feels the strength, much like alcohol’s effect on the body. A cigar’s strength can be felt in the gut, the esophagus, the head, and the respiratory system. This is all due to the body’s reaction to the nicotine. The stronger the cigar the stronger the smoker will feel the effects of the nicotine.
The location where you purchase your cigar will make a difference in its quality. Every location, including online, manages their stock differently and carries different products. Choosing a location to purchase your cigars from should be based on who sells the cigar with the best body. The best way to become good at discerning premium cigars is through practice. This means purchasing a variety of cigars. A quick online search will provide you with many websites that offer coupons and discount codes that will save you money. One such website is Groupon.com. They have discounts ranging from free shipping to percentages off the products price or the final price of the order. There are many cigar manufacturers and retailers that use such websites to provide their customers with even better prices.