The Complete Guide to Choosing the Perfect Cigar
Boutique cigars elevate a regular smoking experience into something sophisticated and incomparable. From selecting the perfect cigar to savoring it with a good drink and good company, the whole process is a ritual that is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. If you’re just new to smoking cigars, it can be quite overwhelming to choose one that “elevates” your own smoking experience.
This article will explore some tips on how to select your perfect cigar based on different qualities.
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Cigar
Consider the overall appearance of the cigar.
The first thing you should do when checking a great cigar is examine the seams. A skilled roller will use only three seams, so look for the start point and then check for the second and third seams. Avoid cigars with more than three seams, as this could indicate a fake or inexperienced roller.
Next, examine the cap of the cigar to ensure it has been laid on well without imperfections caused by too much glue. Check the foot of the cigar for signs of fraying or coming apart, and inspect the wrapper for any discoloration.
When inspecting the cigar, look for a shiny, impressive glow and ensure there is no mold, which could indicate poor storage techniques. Finally, check that the cigar has only a small amount of veins and has been rolled tightly, as this is a sign of a well-made cigar.
Examine the body of the cigar.
The body of a cigar refers to its overall strength and flavor. Cigars have three main categories when it comes to body types: full-bodied, medium-bodied, and mild-bodied.
- Full-bodied cigars are generally more robust and flavorful, with a higher nicotine content. These are usually smoked by the experienced smokers who can handle the strength of the cigar.
- Medium-bodied cigars are a good option for those who are looking for a balance between flavor and strength. They are ideal for those who are new to smoking cigars.
- Mild-bodied cigars are the lightest and mildest option, with a lower nicotine content and a smoother flavor profile. They make for a perfect choice for beginners who may not be used to the taste and strength of cigars.
Measure the size of the cigar.
The size consists of the length and diameter or “ring gauge” of a cigar, and it’s important to note that the size of a cigar doesn’t influence the strength and flavor. Cigars come in a variety of sizes, ranging from small “petit coronas” (about 4 1/2 inches, with a ring gauge of 40 to 42) to large “churchills.” (about 7 inches by 47 ring gauge). The size of the cigar can affect the overall smoking experience of an individual.
Larger cigars generally have a longer smoking time, which can be a good thing for those who want to take their time and enjoy the cigar. Smaller cigars are ideal for those who want a shorter smoking time, or for those who are new to smoking and want to try a smaller cigar before moving on to larger sizes.
In general, it’s best to choose a size that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can comfortably smoke for the duration of the cigar.
Look at the shape of the cigar.
Cigars can be categorized into several different shapes, including parejo, torpedo, belicoso, and figurado. The shape of the cigar can affect the way it is smoked and the flavor profile.Overall, you need to choose a shape that feels comfortable in your hand and that you can comfortably smoke for the duration of the cigar.
- Parejo cigars have a straight shape and are the most common type of cigar. It has one end that is open and the other end needs to be cut so that you have something to draw on.
- Torpedo cigars are commonly referred to by cigar makers as a pyramid with a sharper point.
- Belicoso cigars have a rounded head.
- Figurado cigars have an irregular shape and can be more challenging to smoke.
Check the wrapper of the cigar.
The wrapper is the outermost layer making up the overall appearance and flavor of the cigar. Like the previous qualities, wrappers can also be categorized into several different types, including Connecticut, Habano, Maduro, and Sumatra.
- Connecticut wrappers are light cigars that have a mild flavor.
- Habano wrappers are medium to dark in color and have a more robust flavor.
- Maduro wrappers are the darkest cigars with a rich, sweet flavor.
- Sumatra wrappers are medium to dark cigars that have a spicy, earthy flavor.
In choosing quality cigars, the wrapper should have no gaps, tears, or cracks. Look for cigars with a smooth and clean exterior, which signifies quality craftsmanship.
Check for uniformity of color.
As mentioned in the previous section, wrapper colors indicate the strength and flavor of the cigar, with darker colors generally being more robust and full-bodied. Examine if your cigar bundle has uniformity in color. They should not be spotted or have significantly darker areas than others. Look for signs of mold in the bundle, as well. You want a single, nicely uniform color on the entirety of the cigar bundle.
The Perfect Cigar Is the One That Gives You the Best Experience
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned smoker, the ideal cigar is the one that suits your preferences and elevates your smoking experience. Don’t be afraid to try different cigars and keep in mind the mentioned qualities above when choosing your perfect cigar. Once you’ve decided, it will be easier to pair your chosen cigar with some drinks and occasions.
Enjoy Longer Smokes With Cremo’s Cigar Bundle
Our Cremo Cigar Bundle comes in 10,15,25, and 50 freshly-rolled Maduro Handmade/Long Filler cigars that will last long enough to celebrate your big and small milestones. We guarantee 100% quality, 100% satisfaction, and 100% savings once you try our cigar bundle. Contact us today and let us proudly introduce our boutique cigars, born from our rich cigar-making history.