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Cigar Considerations

Once upon a time many people smoked cigars day to day and almost everyone knew facts about them, but over time as the popularity went down so did the knowledge and now only experts and tobacco specialists know all the facts. When purchasing a cigar there are a few considerations you should think about before hand:

Construction is important

It might sound strange but before purchasing your cigar you need to check if it has been rolled correctly. To do this, try rolling the cigar between your thumb and index finger, you should be trying to feel for any lumps and general softness, if you feel a lump or the body is too soft then you may have a bad one. Alternatively if the cigar is quite solid and it sounds a bit crispy, then I would avoid that too as the draw will probably be too difficult to enjoy. You’re looking for a happy middle ground with good consistency, which is what you can expect from a quality brand.

Don’t focus on price

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is focusing on the price of a cigar. Many people think the more expensive the cigar, the better it is - However this is not necessarily true, yes there are very expensive cigars which are exquisite but there are cheaper cigars which are incredible and won’t break the bank, Mitchelleros are a great example of this, where they are budget friendly but are brilliant smokes for a beginner as well as the connoisseur.

The best thing to do in this instance is to let your cigar merchant know your budget and how many cigars you would like and they will use their expertise to advise you.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

It’s always important to remember that cigars are a personal experience. You’ll like some cigars that we don’t and vice versa, but don’t let one bad experience put you off as it might be that brand you didn’t like. Each cigar offers a different experience and it may well be you like cigars with Nicaraguan tobacco only or you’re not fussy where it’s from but the size is important. Some people use different techniques to cut and light a cigar, once you find something you are comfortable with it’s up to you if you stick with it but sometimes it's good to try something different. 

What cigars should you buy as a beginner?

We recommend trying a smaller cigar to begin with, maybe a slightly sweeter one or a mild smoke so you can concentrate on technique and not worry too much about flavour. While you may not want to spend a lot of money on your first cigar as you might not like it, I would suggest picking a premium cigar. If you choose a cheaper cigar the chances are you won't enjoy it, many premium brands do have a cheaper option as an introduction to the brand. A Davidoff Winston Churchill Petit Panatela or Plasencia Reserva 1898 Corona are a couple of good suggestions of premium brands without the premium price, the Drew Estate Acid Blondie is a great cigar for someone with a sweet tooth and if you wanted to try a Cuban for the first time I would suggest a H.Upmann Half Corona as its smooth and creamy with floral notes which is perfect for a beginner. 

Written by Oliver Partington