Are you a beginner who wants to know more about cigars and start enjoying the smoking experience? Here’s information that will guide you
It might seem daunting if you’re a cigar newbie: how to select a cigar, how to smoke it, and how to preserve it. But, like Tad Gage writes in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cigars, experimentation is half the fun. “I frequently draw comparisons between wine and cigars. In many ways, they are a lot alike—from the care and skill needed to make a fine product, to the fact that the more you learn, the more fun you’ll have. As with wine, you can jump right in and start enjoying cigars,” he writes. So, jump right in.
How to Choose a Cigar
There is a lot of information out there about which cigar is superior to the other, but Joel Sherman says in Nat Sherman’s a Passion for Cigars: Selecting, Preserving, Smoking, and Savoring One of Life’s Greatest Pleasures, “When it comes to choosing the right cigar, there’s only one expert, you.” It’s all about experimenting and finding what suits your taste and budget. What size do you want? Do you want one from a specific country? What time of day do you intend to enjoy it? What’s your budget? Does it matter the rating it’s got in the market? Do you want an aged one? All these questions will direct you to the right cigar because ultimately, it’s all about you.
How to Cut a Cigar
If only smoking a cigar was as easy as lighting and puffing away, but where’s the fun in that? A bad cut can ruin a good smoke. A good cut will enhance the smoking experience. How? “When you cut the end of a cigar, you should only cut the cap off. Don’t cut too far into the cigar. Otherwise, it may begin to unwrap. A cigar is wrapped in such a way to include a small cap at the end—except for torpedoes of course. The scoring point here is if the cigar stays together after you cut the cap off,” says Scott A Rossell, author of Cigar Journal: for the Discerning Aficionado.
How to Smoke a Cigar
After you’ve cut the cap off, the next step is to toast it. Do this by rolling the end near a flame (not directly above it), drawing until it begins to glow. Unlike a cigarette, you should never inhale cigar smoke. Draw it in, hold for a few and then let the smoke out. “A great deal of skill goes into combining leaves inside a cigar and rolling it by hand, so you can draw in just the right amount of air. Too much draw and the cigar burns too fast. Too little and you can’t get a nice puff,” says Tad Gage in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cigars.