How to Choose a Cigar

Published on April 2nd, 2012 00:00

Choosing a cigar is a rather individual thing, it depends on taste preferences and not the last but the least on budget. When visiting a humidor it is easy to get confused with a great range of cigar brand, however if you are fortunate to be in a store of a respectable retailer then you can receive a good advice in selecting the best cigar that will help you relax during smoking process. If not, then these tips may help you find the best cigar.

In order to find out if the cigar is fresh or not we advise you to use a pinch test. Using this simple tip will help you to ensure that you selected a cigar of the highest quality. Put the cigar between your thumb and index finger and pinch it gently up and down the length of the whole cigar in order to check for possible protuberances or soft spots. A qualitative cigar won’t have them it should be strong but not too hard. If the cigar is like a piece of wood or on the contrary too soft take another one and repeat the test again. Also always look how you keep it between the fingers, because you may damage its wrapper.

Examine the cigar’s wrapper. Remember a cigar’s wrapper should have an oily luster, which means that it has been properly humidified. The wrapper shouldn’t have any damages or greenish tinge. Generally cigars are manufactured from a mixture of tobaccos and a particular color variation is normal, but too extreme colors indicate that that tobacco leaves were not wrapped properly.

Another factor you should look at is the size of the veins, smaller ones mean that this cigar provides a smoother smoke. Though, choosing the size and shape of a cigar is a personal preference. If you do not know, which size is the best, buy a few cigars of various shapes and sizes and try them in order to find out which is the most suitable for you. If you want to smell the cigar before purchasing it, make sure you do not touch it to your nose, because it is not hygienic if you do not think to purchase it. The best way to do is to hold the foot of the cigar 1/2 inch below your nose and inhale. You should get a nice flavor rather than a bitter smell.

A few warning indicators of a bad cigar:

  • If the cigar wrapper is damaged, it means that it is dry.
  • The wrapper has green spots.
  • The cigar is too hard during pinch test.
  • There are some holes all over the cigar.

By Joanna Johnson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2012 All rights reserved.

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