How to choose a cigar

Choosing a cigar

Choosing a cigar is an individual thing. It depends on personal taste, availability and budget. When one walks into a well-stocked humidor it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of different brands and facings that line the walls. If you are fortunate to be in the shop of a reputable retailer then you can count on receiving some sound advice in choosing the perfect cigar to fit the occasion or mood. If not, then these suggestions may help you find a great cigar anyway.

Choosing a cigar Step by step
Squeeze the cigar gently. It should “give” but not be too soft. Don’t roll it in your fingers, as some suggest – this can damage the wrapper. Squeeze gently up and down the body to look for lumps or soft spots. A good cigar should have neither. Remember to be gently. Even if you don’t buy that cigar somebody else might – don’t damage it!
Inspect the wrapper for “odd” discolorations, looseness, or cracks. The wrapper should be smooth and tight, and not damaged on either end. Smaller veins are good to watch for, as these often smoke smoother, but compare your single to other cigars with the same wrapper! Veins appear differently in different wrapper types.
Look at the tobacco in the exposed end. Some variation of color is normal, as most cigars are made from a blend of tobaccos. What you’re watching for is extreme or abrupt color changes. This sometimes means an inferior leaf was used, or the leaves weren’t laid together properly in the bunching process. Off tastes and uneven burns will often be the result.

Choose a Cigar by Ring gauges
Cigars with larger ring gauges tend to be fuller flavored (there is normally more ligero and less Volado in the blend), smoke more smoothly and slowly, and heat up slower than those with small ring gauges. They also tend to be better made than the smaller ones (which are the sizes recently qualified apprentices start on). Cigars with small ring gauges often have little or no ligero tobacco in the filler blend. If there is no hurry, large ring gauge cigars are almost always the preferred choice of connoisseurs or experienced cigar smokers.

Choose a Cigar by Cigar size
The beginner is advised to choose a relatively small cigar, say a minuto or carolina, and then move up to the bigger sizes of a mild brand (see The Cigar Directory). Jamaican cigars, such as Macanudo (also made in the Dominican Republic), tend to be mild, or try H. Upmann among Havanas. A cervante is probably the best cigar above the corona size to move up to when you feel you have gone beyond the beginner stage.

Choose a Cigar by Time of Day
There is a case to be made about what sort of cigar to smoke at what time of day. Most smokers prefer milder, smaller cigars in the morning, or after a light lunch. The seasoned smoker, however, might go for something like a robusto after a heavy lunch; a lot of flavor packed into a reasonably short smoke. Certainly, most experienced smokers prefer a big, full-bodied cigar after a heavy meal or late at night, partly because a thin cigar will not last very long, but also because a mild one isn’t so satisfying on a full stomach. So they will select a belicoso, Churchill, or double corona. By the same token, smoking a heavy cigar before dinner is likely to spoil your appetite and play havoc with your taste buds. Much the same consideration applies when people have strong drinks like port or brandy after dinner, rather than something lighter, which they will take before or during dinner. If you want to compare cigars, it is best to smoke them at similar times of day, taking meals and location into account, too.

Choose cigar by the country of origin
Because tobacco gets its flavor from the soil and climate from which they are grown, other cigars from that country of origin are more likely to appeal to your tastes. This is of course not always the case but when you are playing percentages you are more likely to enjoy a different Honduran verses a new Jamaican.

Choose a cigar by the rating
Ignore number ratings; In general, number ratings can be misleading. If you enjoy lighter cigars and you see that the Bahia Trinidad is rated a 91 and you try it, you will find that you may give it a completely different number! Stick to reviews that describe flavor, strength, and characteristics. This will help you make more informed choices.

Choose cigar by the price
A moderately priced cigar from an established manufacturer is probably the best guide to use in determining price/quality when experimenting with different cigars. Find a good source with a good selection and try different brands.

Chose a cigar by the Taste
Perhaps the best way to explain the taste of a cigar and how it is to be interpreted by an inexperienced smoker is to say, a negative taste impression is a valuable experience. If the taste you�re experiencing is pleasurable and relaxing, then that is a good cigar. Forget about the undertones and complexities of flavor for now, just try lots of different cigars, perhaps starting with milder, bigger cigars as thinner cigars have more binder and filler and won�t contribute as much to your education.

Choose a cigar by the wrapper color
The color of a cigar’s wrapper, the capa, is generally the key to its flavor. The darker the wrapper, the more full-bodied and sweeter a cigar is likely to be, although the true determinant is the color of the filler. A few important variables affect the final flavor and quality of wrapper leaves: their location on the plant; when they are harvested; and how they are fermented or dried. The longer a leaf stays on the plant and the more sunlight it receives, the darker it will be. Cigar wrappers can be classified into seven basic colors, although there are dozens of possible shades. The basic colors of wrappers range from Claro (pale brown) to Oscuro (black).

Choosing a cigar by aging
Most importers of fine handmade cigars take care to age them a little before releasing them to the public (about two years for Havana cigars taken into Britain). There are no hard and fast rules about how long cigars should be left to mature (it can often be a matter of luck), but some experts state that cigars aged for six to ten years will be in the peak of condition. Others warn, quite rightly, that even if they are stored under ideal conditions, most cigars will slowly lose their bouquet. If storage conditions are less than ideal, they will also become dry. Even if properly stored, it’s probably sensible not to keep cigars for more than 10 years. By that time, they’re unlikely to get any better, and almost certainly will have lost some of their bouquet.

More tips
A few warning signs of a bad cigar:
1. The cigar wrapper is cracked, usually means it is dry.
2. A whitish mold on the cigar.
3. The wrapper has green blotches all over it.
4. The cigar feels very hard or spongy during the pinch test.
5. There are little pinhead size holes or trails running through it.
If a cigar has holes or trails running through the cigar this is the sign of a tobacco beetle infestation. Don’t smoke this cigar or place it in your humidor.

How to choose a cigar

When you walk into a cigar shop, you’re faced with hundreds of options to choose from. How do you select a stogie that you’re going to enjoy?

When choosing a cigar, you can really break the selection process into two parts.

First, you’ll want to filter your choices based on your broad preferences in a few categories: body, size, and shape.

Once you find a cigar that meets those parameters, you’ll next want to make sure it’s a good quality smoke.

Below we’ll explain both aspects of this selection process, so that you can walk out of the cigar shop with a high quality stogie, that’s right for you.

Select a Cigar Based on Your Personal Preferences

Cigars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and choosing among them is really a matter of personal preference.

Body. Just like with beers, there are a range of cigars from light (and more mellow) to dark (and more “full-bodied” — that is, stronger and more intense) and everything in the middle (your goldilocks cigars, if you will). You’ll probably have to try a few out to determine what you like. I have found, however, that your beer preferences often say a lot about your cigar preferences. Folks who like dark stouts often like dark cigars; folks who like lighter beers often prefer the more mellow stogies. If you aren’t a beer person, get a small sampler pack that includes a variety of bodies and do some experimenting!

Size. First of all, size has nothing to do with flavor. A bigger cigar won’t necessarily be stronger or better. There are two ways cigar size is measured: length, in inches, and width (called ring gauge). Gauge is listed by 64ths of an inch — so a 20 ring gauge is 20/64ths, a 49 is 49/64ths, etc. Many cigar price labels/listings (both in stores and online) will include size in the form of “inches long X gauge.” So a “5 X 50” is a 5-inch cigar, with a 50 gauge.

So if size doesn’t directly determine the quality or strength of the cigar’s flavor, how much does it matter?

Length really just correlates with how long you want your smoke to last. The longer the stogie, the longer it will take. For many smokers, a 6-inch cigar will last about an hour.

As for ring gauge, many aficionados like something on the smaller end (most cigars are between 40-50). This is because the highest quality tobacco leaf is always the wrapper, so with a smaller diameter, you have a better ratio of wrapper leaf to filler leaf. With a larger diameter, you might have more cigar to smoke, but more of that cigar is filler leaf (which can still be great, mind you).

Shape. There are two classes of cigar shapes: parejos and figurados. Parejos are your classically-shaped cigars with one end open, and one end, usually rounded, that needs cutting. The majority of cigars fall into this broad category, within which there are numerous sub-categories of cigar shapes.

Figurados are anything other than that classic shape. They tend to have a bullet shape, and are tapered into a sharp point at the closed end. Some experts say this concentrates the smoke more and gives you a fuller flavor. As an occasional smoker, I’ve not personally found much of a difference.

Mix and match all three of these characteristics of cigars to see what you like best!

Select a Cigar Based on Quality

The three attributes described above are more about preference than true quality: you can have high quality cigars in every range of these characteristics, and poor quality cigars as well.

Thus once you’ve sifted your choices based on your preferences, you want to determine whether a cigar you’ve got your eye on is also a good quality stogie.

Evaluate a potential cigar based on the criteria below: they apply to all cigars, regardless of body, size, or shape.

Judge the book by its cover — that is, the cigar by its wrapper. The wrapper should have no gaps or tears, and it should not be cracked. You want a smooth and clean exterior, which signifies quality craftsmanship.

The cigar should be a uniform color. It should not be spotted, or have places that are significantly darker than others. It should not have any spots of mold, which does occur (they’re stored in a humid environment, after all). You want a single, nicely uniform color on the entirety of the cigar.

Don’t buy dry. If you hold the cigar and squeeze it just a little, it should feel firm and like it has some give. If it crackles and feels dry, avoid it. It probably hasn’t been stored properly, and will burn too hot upon smoking.

Feel for a uniform tobacco fill. If you lightly squeeze the cigar every half inch or so, the filling should feel uniform. You don’t want any divots or bulges, indicating a poor job of filling.

Give it a good smell. You can divine much of what a cigar will taste like by giving it a hearty whiff. If you’re in a store, and a cigar is in a plastic wrapper, ask if you can give it a sniff. Hold it close to your nose (but don’t let it touch your nose — gross), and breathe in nice and deep. If it’s an appealing smell to you, it’ll probably taste good too. If something smells off in any way, give it a pass.

How to choose a cigar How to choose a cigar

Cigar selection can be a daunting experience, as there are too many options to choose from! One can often get confused with different brands, blends, cigar intensity, smoking time, and other factors. However, it shouldn’t be this difficult having to pick out a cigar. New smokers pose a challenge in terms of choosing the right cigar for themselves or as a gift. To save some trouble, shops offer packs with different cigar options ideal when looking for something new to try out. It’s best to learn the basics about cigars and avoid future complications. Read this list about everything you need to know before making your purchase.

Here are a few tips that will guide you on how to pick a cigar:

Choosing the right cigar strength:

This is one of the first steps in cigar selection. The question is Mild, Medium, or Full-Bodied? Mild sticks are for beginners or an experienced smoker’s early first smoke of the day. On the other hand, medium-strength satisfies the broadest smoking demographic. In contrast, full-body should only be selected for experienced aficionados. A good way to determine what someone’s preference would be by reflecting on the person’s consumption habits. Check out this table before you choose the right cigar.

If you enjoy this you are likely to enjoy that
Mild Medium Full
Tea Coffee Espresso
Salad Fish/White Meat Red Meat
Beer/Wine Cocktails Spirits

Important tip: When in doubt, ALWAYS choose Medium

The ideal size:

When people ask me what size cigar they should choose, I always ask how much time they want to spend smoking? Are you making time between meetings or celebrating a new job offer. This is a key variant as you would not like your precocious handmade craft to go to waste. Here is an unscientific length vs. smoking time chart to guide from:

Cigar Length vs Smoking Time
Inches Minutes
3″ 20 mins
4″ 35 mins
5″ 50 mins
6″ 65 mins
7″ 80 mins

How fast a person smokes will affect these numbers slightly, either up or down. Another factor is the ring gauge on a cigar. This is a measurement for the circumference of a cigar. For your reference, 48 RG is equal to 3/4” in the diameter of the puro (EXACTLY A USA QUARTER). A lower number is thinner, and a higher one is wider. Did you know that wider ring gauges produce more flavor in the mouth?

Here are the three most popular sizes in the world
Most Popular Given Name Ring Gauge Length (Inches) Aprox. Smoking Time
Corona 42 5 1/2″ 55 mins
Robusto 50 5″ 50 mins
Toro 50 6″ 65 mins

Budget for cigar picking:

Another key element when choosing a cigar is money. How much are you willing to spend on a moment of enjoyment for you or a loved one? Handmade puro prices vary depending on quality, brand, and packaging. As an experienced and avid smoker, I have a very clear idea of what works for me. Here are my tricks:

a) Life is too short to smoke cheap cigars! I choose quality over quantity. My sweet spot is $8.00-12.00 dollars a stick. Rarely do I go below and above only for exceptionally unique experiences.

b) Nobody has been able to convince of the ROI on a cigar above $20

Keep in mind that a high price tag does not always equal a good puro or experience. This all comes down to your taste pallet and enjoying your cigar of choice. Be sure to find your favorites at Cigar Country. Where you can filter your search by Brand, Blend, Strength, Size, and Budget.

How to choose a cigar

Find us online at Cigar Country or Instagram, where our experts will be happy to answer any question about choosing the right cigar for you. We also suggest you visit our Best Sellers page, where you can sort according to your preferences. Trust me; there are good reasons for these products to be on this list.

For the young Cigar Entrepreneur, choosing the right smoke can be the most difficult of matters. One has to know what one is looking for, as well as looking at. There is such a wide variety of high-profile cigars on the market today, that one just about has to have some instruction prior to that first purchase.
First, we will cover the subject of flavor. The layman would assume that all cigars are made from the same tobacco, as well as have the same flavor. The truth is, there is a massive variety of tobacco flavors available, each particular flavor having its own level of intensity. Your own personal favorite could very well be one that everyone else despises. Everyone has a different pallet for a cigar. Regardless, the actual mix of tobacco, the time elapsed since the making of the cigar, the condition it is in (storage, humidor, etc) and what you have drank or ate before or during the smoking of the cigar all have a bearing on the actual taste.

As far as only being one flavor of tobacco initially grown, this also is a fallacy. Tobaccos will attain different flavors depending upon the soil in which that particular plant is grown. In addition, different parts of the actual tobacco plant are utilized to define a particular flavor. All of these factors are blended together by cigar gurus who know what will go well with what to produce an original and excellent cigar.

With all this in mind, we can assume that picking that right cigar is going to be difficult at best. It takes more than just a random pick or a glance. It takes knowledge.

First, always refer to a smoker. If you know someone within your circle that enjoys a good high-quality cigar, ask him or her about what they like. Tell them your favorite flavors of food and fruit. This will give them a good idea as to what will lay best on your pallet. If you don’t know a connoisseur of fine cigars, ask the individual that runs your cigar shop. He/She may not smoke, but you can be certain that they know what cigar smokers come back for over and over.

Once you have chosen a cigar for consideration begin your inspection. Before we go too deeply into this, however, let’s discuss the occasional white powdery substance that you may come across on a cigar. Do not let this turn you away, as this is what is called “Bloom.” Bloom is simply the result of ageing on a cigar and is in no way a bad thing. Actually, it may very well be considered a positive aspect. This enhances the flavor. Mold, on the other hand, should be avoided. If a cigar is kept at extreme levels of humidity, it will form a blue-green tint on the packaging. Avoid it at all costs.

Ask yourself if you would prefer a mild cigar, or a more full-flavored smoke. If you would lean more towards the full-flavor option, then choose a cigar with a larger ring. The ring is the actual diameter of the cigar. The larger the diameter, the more intense, and multiple blends you will experience.

Another way to get a feel for the taste of a cigar is the smell. Take a good whiff of it. If the smell is overwhelming, then it will likely be very strong. Take notice that we use the word “likely” in that reference. This is not always the case. Some smokes smell a level or two more intense than they actually taste.

Next, how long do you want to smoke a cigar? Common sense tells us that the longer the cigar, the longer the smoke-time. However, another way to tell is to gently squeeze the cigar ¾ of the way up. If it seems very tight, it will have a more difficult draw and take longer to smoke. If it is loose, the smoke will proceed at a faster rate.

Moving on, we have the construction of the cigar. Does it appear lumpy or feel loose at spots here and there? If so, you probably do not want it. You see, the creation of a good hand-rolled cigar is actually considered a work of art in some circles. The way a cigar looks is at least 40 % of the selling value. If it does not look good, it is far more difficult to move, commercially speaking.

In choosing the right cigar for you, the one and only true manner is to just shop around. Research reviews online. There are a number of very effective and consistently updated review sites, such as Cigar Inspector Online. These sites will give you individual reviews by people who have tried the cigar. Then, once you pick out one to try, do not go in with the attitude that if you don’t like this one, you will never try another. Expect to invest a little time in finding your perfect cigar. Even then, when you find that perfect Robusto or Maduro, keep shopping. Variety is truly the spice of life.

Relaxing with a great cigar is one of life’s great pleasures, yet the search for a cigar can seem overwhelming. How do you know which cigar is right for you? Why are Cubans considered the best? What are the best cigars for beginners?

This guide will answer these questions and more, showing you how to select a cigar for your taste and style.

Choosing your first cigar can be immensely rewarding. It shouldn’t be overwhelming. With just a few helpful tips, you will be able to choose a cigar quickly and confidently. Then you can get down to the business of savoring a great smoke.

The first step is to decide the level of body you want. Body is the characteristic texture of a cigar that falls on the palate.

How to choose a cigar

Body ranges from mild-bodied to full-bodied and everywhere in between. Milder smokes are generally lighter on the palate and ideal cigars for beginners.

Size will determine how long you need to smoke a cigar. Yet different sizes of the same blend will also offer uniquely different experiences. Choose a size that fits the time you have to savor the smoke. As you smoke more cigars you will learn the sizes that offer you the most pleasure in body and taste.

Shape

The shape of a cigar can also affect how a cigar will smoke. Shaped cigars, such as Torpedos or Pyramids, can deliver a smoke quite different from parejos or straight cigars of the same blend. As shaped cigars are more difficult to make, they are also generally more expensive.

Discovering the best level of body, size and shape works will take some trial and error, so don’t worry about trying to find the perfect cigar straight away. Experimentation is fun. Just be sure to do a quick visual inspection of the cigar to check it is not damaged. Take note of the differences between each and what you like or dislike, so you can better focus in on what works best for you.

How to Choose a Good Cigar

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Before you pick out a cigar or two to take out on your weekend away, there are a few things to consider when choosing the right one. If you keep your cigars in a personal humidor, the same signals should help you know whether your humidor is in good condition or not too. There are many things to consider when picking out a cigar, whether it be taste, feel, price, or even size. These tips will help you pick out the right cigar.

The Construction of a Cigar

  • The cigar should look good and feel good. Is the wrapper coming apart? Does the cigar have a crisp, dry, feel to it? This is a good sign that the cigar is not in good shape. Try picking another one. If it comes from your personal humidor, make sure that the temperature and humidity are up to standards.
  • The cigar should be firm, but not too firm. If the cigar feels too hard to the touch, it might be packed too tightly. The draw from a cigar that is rolled too tight will be tough to pull from, and thus, ruining the smoking experience. If the cigar is rolled too loose, then the draw might be easy, but the cigar will burn hot and fast.
  • Look for blemishes on the cigar. Check for blemishes throughout the rest of the box as well.

The Cigar, Once Lit

  • The cigar should burn evenly throughout the entire smoke. An uneven burn is a sign that the cigar might have been rolled improperly.
  • The temperature of the cigar should stay consistent. A hot cigar could be a sign of poor manufacturing. On the other hand, a hot burning cigar could be a sign of user error. Be sure that you are not constantly drawing from the cigar. Give it a few seconds, enjoy the flavor, the aroma, and take a sip of something smooth. If the cigar continues to burn too hot, then it could be due to the lack of firmness in the rolling of the cigar.
  • Give the cigar manufacturer another shot. The same tobacco may be used throughout the enter cigar line, but that does not mean that each cigar is the same. The manufacture’s Robusto might be a better overall cigar than a Toro or a Presidente. Try one or two different types of sizes.

That was a brief run down of how to choose a good cigar. Of course, the final point in finding a cigar you love is the overall user satisfaction. Find your go-to cigar, but do not forget to try other great cigars out there.

Hang out at your local cigar shop and ask around to see what everyone else enjoys smoking too. If you live around the Woodstock, GA area, you can also sign up for local cigar events and trips by contacting us.

For the first-time smoker, beyond trying to figure our what accessories you need, choosing a cigar can be an intimidating thing. Theirs is such a huge range of cigar types and flavours to choose from, and no shortage of very strong opinions on what the absolute best are.

We’ve put together this blog on how to choose a cigar to get you started on your journey to becoming a fully fledged aficionado.

Cigars 101

Before we get into the detail of how you should choose a cigar, we thought it worth putting together a quick refresher course on what the different components of a cigar are.

Filler: This is the mix of fermented and dried tobacco leaves that lend the cigar most of its flavour and aroma. The provenance of the tobacco leaves is a very important part of what makes a great-smoking cigar. They’re generally folded by hand in quality cigars, with great attention paid to how ‘tight’ or ‘loose’ the leaves are packed. Too tight and it’s too difficult to smoke, too loose and it will smoke too fast and too hot.

Binder: The binder leaf is a sun-saturated leaf that surrounds the filler leaves, providing a surface for the wrapper to bind to.

Wrapper: This is the outside layer, protecting the filler from the elements. The wrapper is also very important to the flavour and aroma of the cigar and is expensive to produce. The wrapper is made from specially-grown tobacco leaves.

The foot: This is the side that you light.

The head: This is sealed when you purchase a cigar, and needs cutting before you put it in your mouth to smoke the cigar.

How To Choose A Cigar To Buy

Now you roughly know your way around a cigar, it’s time to talk about what you need to consider when buying one. The first thing to say is you are best off going to a good tobacconist or cigar shop. They’ll have a broad selection of well-looked-after cigars, and they will likely be able to provide you with helpful advice.

We wouldn’t advise you go for the expensive cigars to start with. They tend to have very rich, complex flavour profiles and for a beginner that can either be overwhelming or wasted. You can find some excellent cigars further down the price range that are far more suitable for a beginner.

It tends to be best practice for a beginner to choose a smaller cigar to start with, with a smaller ring gauge. Larger ring gauges tend to be stronger flavoured, take longer to light and smoke more slowly. They also tend to be more expensive, and are flavoured for more experienced smokers. A smaller, lighter cigar will give you a better idea of the flavour without being overwhelming.

When starting it, it’s usually a safer bet to go with one of the larger brands. They’ll use high quality tobacco in general, and the quality from batch-to-batch is relatively consistent. Don’t, however, buy a big box from one brand – get a selection of individual cigars so you have a chance to experiment and find out what you like.

You should also pay attention to the colour of the wrapper. It’s a strong indicator of the cigar’s flavour – darker wrappers tend to mean full-bodied, sweet cigars. So if you’re starting out it’s generally advised you choose something lighter.

If you’re going to choose a cigar by reviews or rating, generally it’s better to choose by written reviews. Overall ratings don’t give you a good impression of the flavour profiles – an unusual, strong-flavoured cigar may be thought of as the best in the world by a select few, and be given a 9/10, but be completely unpalatable to you! Written reviews will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the cigar in detail so you can make an informed choice.

Finally, when looking at an individual cigar, you should take note of a few things to ensure it’s in good condition. Squeeze the cigar gently; it should have a bit of give, but not be too soft. Gently feel up and down the wrapper to ensure it is smoothly packed, with no lumps or weak points. There should be no major discolourations, cracks or loose areas on the cigar, and no damage to the ends. Obviously there should be no mold on the cigar (it’s whitish an appearance to make sure to check for that), and no green blotches. You should also inspect it for tiny holes in the wrapper – these can be the sign of an insect infestation!

The popularity of cigar bars is growing. There are also celebratory moments, like weddings and the birth of a baby, when people hand out cigars as a gift. Don’t get left out of the fun because you’re not knowledgeable about cigars.

Not understanding how to choose a cigar can turn into an embarrassing moment among friends. Even if you don’t want to become a regular cigar smoker, at the very least, you can engage during social outings.

If you’re new to cigars, there are a few things you should know. Keep reading for tips on how to choose one you’ll love.

How to Choose a Cigar if You’re a Newbie

Before beginners can choose a cigar, there are several things they need to understand. Acquiring a cigar that fits your taste is similar to deciding your favorite cocktail, wine, or book.

To start your journey, we recommend learning about cigars. Understand where the tobacco is grown and harvested. How they are rolled, aged, and transported. Ashton cigars are an excellent brand to research.

It’s also important to know how the seller acquires cigars. Some that are sold on the black market are not authentic and will be less enjoyable.

Size, Shape, and Composition

How to choose a good cigar is like choosing the right diamond. There are certain things you should look for. When it comes to cigars, you want to understand how to choose size, shape, and composition.

Cigar sizes range from Cigarillo to Gran Corona. You want to understand the ring gauge, which is the diameter. You also want to focus on the length. The average cigar is 5 1/2″ long and has a 42 ring gauge.

The shape of the cigar is cylinder-shaped. It has one open end, the end you light, and the opposite is closed.

Composition is the wrapper, binder, and filler comprised of three different types of tobacco leaves. The combination of the three tobaccos is what creates the uniqueness of the individual brands.

What’s Best for Beginners?

Because cigars are an acquired taste, you may need to try a few before finding the one you enjoy the most. The Corona-type cigars are recommended for beginners to get the experience of smoking cigars. From there, you can start branching out and experimenting with different sizes and shapes.

Here are a few recommendations:

The Ashton Classic is a product of the Dominican Republic. It has a mild flavor, and the wrapper is Connecticut shade. The Montecristo and Macanudo Cafe share these characteristics.

For a medium-strength cigar, try La Aroma de Cuba from Nicaragua, and has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

Your Cigar is Yours

After you learn how to choose a cigar, there is one important rule. Don’t share your cigar with anyone, and don’t inhale. Simply savor the flavors and enjoy the moment.

We hope these tips inspired you to learn more about the art of smoking cigars. Please continue to browse our site for more great lifestyle tips.