How to Choose a Cigar

You may have asked yourself, how to choose a cigar from time to time so we’re here to discuss this with you.  Many factors go into choosing a cigar, especially when trying a new brand or variety. These factors generally depend on your personal tastes, availability, and budget. Next time you’re in your favorite shop or on a trip in a reputable retailer be sure to ask them their professional opinion on what interests you. They will be able to help answer your questions and direct you to the proper cigars for you to try and might be able to teach you something you didn’t know.

If you don’t have time to get to your shop, don’t have any travel plans or want to shop online for something new, here is a list of some of the most common cigar characteristics people use to choose a cigar.

First thing to do when choosing a cigar, even with your regular favorites, is to inspect the cigar to make sure there are no imperfections with the wrapper and that there are no discolorations or cracks. You want to make sure the cigar is wrapped nice and tight. You also want to make sure the cigar is not dried out. Compare it to other cigars in the box and make sure it is consistent with them. Always remember to handle the cigars with care, if you don’t purchase it someone else might.

Many people will choose a cigar based solely on where it is made. Tobacco gets its flavor from the soil and the climate so no matter the size and shape of the cigar you’re more likely to enjoy other cigars from an area or country that you already like to smoke. This is a rough generalization, but it’s a good place to start. If you like Dominican Cigars then try other varieties or strengths verse trying something from Jamaica for example.

The higher the price of the cigar doesn’t always mean it’s the best cigar, so don’t judge a cigar strictly on price. Try a mid-range cigar from a couple of different manufacturers and then try a higher and a lower priced cigar until you find what is best for you.

Another good way to choose a good cigar is to read reviews. There are many good sites and publications out there that give honest reviews on a wide variety of cigars. Pay attention to how they describe the flavor, strength and the overall characteristics and you’ll be able to find something that matches what you’re looking for. It’s best to compare their descriptions of a cigar that you’ve already smoked to see how you would describe the same cigar. This will help you understand their terminology and to see if you agree with a particular review or article and let that guide you on choosing something new.

If you’re new to smoking cigars, the most important thing to do is to try many different brands and varieties. The more you try the more you will be able to tell the difference between where a cigar is made, how it is wrapped, the prices and what others in the industry have to say. Just remember, your tastes over time might change, but if you like the taste of a particular cigar and it is relaxing and enjoyable to you then it is a good cigar!

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