Smoking Cigar

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Smoking a cigar is a culture in itself and in order to fully appreciate it one must know how to cut, light and finally, smoke a cigar.

Connoisseurs of cigars do not typically smoke mass produced cigars that are made by machines but opt for premium handmade cigars that are made by professional cigar rollers in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

A basic cigar body typically has three parts: wrapper, binder, and filler. The wrapper is the outermost part which holds the binder and filler within.

The binder is situated within and contains the filler. The binder is usually responsible with how evenly the cigar burns. The filler –the cigar’s innermost part –comprises most of the cigar’s contents. In addition to the basic parts a cigar will also have a cap which covers the cigar head and goes into the mouth.

The lighted end is called the foot and the label belted around the cigar is called the band. If possible, the band is ideally removed carefully without damaging the cigar.

Once you’ve picked out your preferred cigar pour your favorite drink and put on some relaxing music. You may find that cigar smoking can be an extremely tranquil way to pass the time.

 

How to choose the best cigar

As there are thousands of cigars available online and in stores choosing the one that is best suited to your specific taste begins by carefully considering your preferences. Below are some things to keep in mind when choosing a cigar:

The Body

The options here are mild, medium or full. To be safe, the overall strength should be satisfying without being too overbearing and overwhelming your palate.

The Size

Another thing to keep in mind is how big or small you’d like your cigar to be. The size of a cigar has some effect on the outcome of its flavor but still should be factored in when making your choice.

For example, a long fat golf cigar is such because it is expected that you’d spend hours working on it while you play whilst a shorter and thinner one would be perfect for an after-meal get-together.

The Cigar Rating

Even cigars have ratings –and why not? The rating system ranges from 1 to 100 and was designed and is used by Cigar Aficionado magazine. It would be wise to take a look at a cigar’s rating before going out to buy or ordering online.

Here is how the ratings translate:

Below 70: Not worth your money

70-79: Average to good, commercial quality

80-89: Very good to excellent

90-94: Excellent

95-100: Classic

All of the factors –appearance, construction and burn quality –factor in to a cigar’s ratings; but one major factor in rating a cigar is the overall quality of its flavors and aromas along with the delicate balance of both and how these contribute to its overall distinct taste.

What to look for in a good cigar

At a cigar club you’ll find a humidor full of cigars. A humidor helps to maintain the optimal moisture level for tobacco. Too much humidity and the tobacco will decompose. Too dry and they will wilt and lose their flavor.

For first-time cigar smokers try the lower-priced ones so you can get the hang of smoking a cigar and experiment on savoring the distinct flavors found in each cigar to get you ready for the more expensive ones.

Don’t worry about it too much though because there are plenty of less expensive cigars that have managed to make their way into the top ranks of major cigar publications.

What you should be more concerned about in choosing a cigar is its construction and tobacco quality. The cigar’s construction determines how smoothly and evenly you may draw out a puff. To test for it try rolling the cigar between your thumb and index finger.

In doing this, check for a good consistency and filling. That means no lumps, no soft spots, and no voids. The tobacco quality is more difficult to identify when looking for a good cigar. Typically, it is not visible whether tobacco is of good quality or not so you have to rely on reputation for this one.

Here you must rely on recommendations from friends or from a tobacconist to give you good advice on quality tobacco. To be safe go for cigars that are rated higher.

Cigar types

Cigars come in different types varying in size, shape, the manner of its manufacture, its flavor or country of origin. Coming in many sizes and shapes the industry even categorizes them by their dimensions and there are different names.

Most of the cigars with common names are usually associated with their size because most cigars are shaped like a cylinder, and are considered to have a “panejo” shape. On the other hand, a cigar that has an irregular shape is called “figured.”

Cigars can also be categorized as handmade or machine made. Cigars are either rolled by hand or manufactured by a certain machine.

Hand rolled Cigars are made of pure tobacco, unlike the machine made ones they consist of filler, binder and the outer wrapper which are all a hundred percent tobacco leaves with no other substances mixed in.

The word “Body” is used as a term to describe the type of smoking experience you may have with a certain cigar. Usually, it has more of a reference to the flavor of a cigar and is measured by degrees such as mild, medium, or heavy which is also sometimes called full.

Master cigar blenders of the world work diligently to create the perfect package. Some examples of flavors available to smokers are chocolate, cinnamon, apple, butterscotch and caramel.

Knowing the origin of a particular cigar gives you an idea of where the seeds are grown. This also indicates the type of cigar. Countries that largely produce cigars are: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

Cigars for women

Women are growing market in the cigar industry. Most of them prefer flavored and small cigars. Some men would think that there’s something sexy about a beautiful women who like cigars.

There are, in fact, a small but growing percentage of women who have begun to appreciate cigars. Some more famous stogie fans are Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum.

It also breaks open the great debate: whether flavored cigars are truly cigars at all. As someone once famously said, for women smokers as well as men: “smoke what you like, as long as you like what you smoke.”

Enjoying cigars

Smoking a cigar is not your average smoke session at the restroom or the back-alley of a restaurant. While it is true that almost anyone can light a stogie and huff and puff it takes a true cigar aficionado and a true premium cigar to create that unique multi-sensorial experience.

There is no set of rules put forth by some governing cigar body stating how one must go about enjoying a cigar. However, there are ways to receive optimum results each time you light up further enhancing your experience and the sensations each of our senses picks up. The World of Cigars is a large and confusing one.

Cigar magazines

Magazines are highly targeted so it’s possible to purchase ad space in that particular magazine that will be read by your target audience no matter how specialized it may be.

For example, cigar magazines, covers all corner of the cigar world. In these magazines articles, ratings and reviews about different brands of cigars worldwide are being published and frequently feature celebrities on the covers.

Providing unparalleled quality and truth in its photography cigar tasting reviews journalistic and artistic integrity these magazines dive into the cultural aspect of the countries and people who are involved in the cigar business.

Best cigars in the world

Smoking a cigar is a great way to unwind or celebrate a special occasion. Before you smoke a cigar you have to know how to choose the right kind, cut the cigar, and light the cigar. Lighting a cigar is all about savoring the flavor instead of inhaling the smoke.

Some of the best are: Gurkha Black Dragon, Arturo Fuente Opus X “A”, Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF and Padron Serie 1962 80 years. Based on one’s experience with cigars with these essential properties the seasoned cigar smoker will typically gravitate toward certain techniques for obtaining the greatest pleasure from smoking a given choice.

What is the best cigar in the world?

According to Cigar Aficionado, a magazine that offers the most extensive database of the world of cigars and features ratings and reviews, in the year 2015 the Best Cigar or the Number One Best in the world was the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Natural –created by Jaime Garcia in honor of his father Pepin who also decided to honor his own father with the offshoot brand My Father Le Bijou 1922.

The original versions were wrapped in Ecuadorian leaf but the Le bijou 1922 is wrapped in Cuban-seed that the Garcia family calls “oscuro” making them darker and stronger. The My Father Le Bijou is rich and complex with subtle nuances of sweetness and bitterness in the form of coffee.

It burns well, smokes well and it engages every aspect of the palate. While a tribute to a person born in 1922, the cigar comes off as something meant for the modern cigar smoker who enjoys a full-bodied smoke with great complexity.

Cigar reviews

Cigar Customer Review is one way of helping out another fellow in selecting the best product as people search and explore. In the world of Cigars, there are a wide variety of available products and it can sometimes be difficult to choose.

Here are some product reviews by customers on ThomasCigar.com:

  • Le Veil DCH-12V1 Digital Cigar Humidifier, a great deal for real security of cigar sticks.
  • Churchill 125 Count Humidor, a beautiful humidor. The passive humidifier works great and the seal around the lid is very tight making for a worry free environment.
  • Humidor Accessory Kit, the gels can keep the 50 count humidor at 70% exactly. After opening the top to rearrange or pick a cigar the hygrometer drops to 58% or so pretty quickly.
  • Arturo Fuente Curly Head Deluxe Maduro Lonsdale, a great brand name smoke that is definitely worth the price.