How To Find A Good Cigar

By BobbyRica | April 12, 2012

Cigar-smoking

Looking for a good cigar? Here are some useful pointers to remember.

Seasoned smokers are not the only ones enjoying cigars today. Now, whether you’re a rookie or a veteran, you probably know how to enjoy a good smoke. Cigars have now become a staple in society. In fact, if you smoke a cigar, you give off an air of class, character and love for life’s little pleasures. Cigars are very flexible — you can enjoy them during a round of golf, when you’re out with your friends at a bar, or as an after-dinner form of entertainment. Whatever way you enjoy them, one thing’s for sure: cigars perfectly complement your lifestyle. In fact, cigar smoking defines your lifestyle. If you are able to enjoy a good cigar, then you’re living a good life.

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However, choosing a cigar is not as simple as you think. You need to examine your personal preferences. Remember, there are thousands of cigars available out there.

What type of bodied cigar do you want? This is the first thing you need to think about. Do you want a mild-bodied cigar, or are you more inclined towards a medium? Does a full-bodied cigar satisfies you better? The thing to look out for is that the cigar has a strong flavor, but without overwhelming your palate.

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Size is the next thing you need to consider. You should be aware that the cigar’s size significantly affects its flavor. However, this is actually dependent on the time standpoint as well. For example, if you’re out on the golf course for a couple of hours, a flimsy little number would not be enough, would it? You’ll need a seven-inch cigar to get you through the game. Meanwhile, if you’re short on time, like during an after-lunch smoke break, a five-inch cigar with a small diameter would be more suitable.

When it comes to cigar sizes, there are two things that you need to take note of: the length and the diameter. The length is always measured in inches. On the other hand, the diameter, also called the “ring” is equal to 1/60th of an inch. For example, if you have a 5.5 x 42 corona, it means that the cigar measures 5.5 inches long and has a diameter of 42/60ths of an inch.

According to cigar aficionado Alex Svenson, even though people have different preferences and tastes in cigars, there are certain qualities that a stogie must possess in order for it to become superior to others. He explains that these cigar ratings are determined by various factors, including the cigar’s appearance, construction, and even the way it smokes.

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Svenson, a young, professional smoker who is always updated with the recent trends in cigar smoking, also notes that another central factor that affects a cigar’s rating is its aromas or flavors, as well as the balance of these competing aromas. This is what produces the cigar’s overall taste.

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