Buying Cigars As a Newbie
With several choices and a unique vocabulary, you might not actually know where to start when purchasing cigars. But this brief guide can be very useful for beginners. It won’t teach you all you have to know, but hopefully, it will help you make your first foray into cigar buying successful.
Buy from a tobacconist.
This is going to be the first most important step you need to take. A tobacconist can give you a whole selection of quality cigars for you to choose from. Additionally, you can rest assured that those cigars are well cared for. You’ll even get indispensable advice from professionals. The staff will usually be helpful.
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Go for high quality tobacco.
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Usually, you can’t determine tobacco quality if you just looked at it. How do you know which brands are good? It’s about reputation mostly. If you have cigar-smoking friends or relatives, ask them. Certainly, you can ask your tobacconist.
In general though, larger brands will be a lot safe because as they have the money and resources to work with quality stuff. While looking for cigars that use quality tobacco, don’t buy boxes just yet. You could be left with a box of crummy cigars you won’t want to smoke.
If you’re new with cigars, you still won’t know what you’re looking for so your preferences will likely change very quickly. That’s why it’s wise to only get a few at a time.
If you’re a newcomer, full-bodied smokes can overwhelm you and may even taste unpleasant, so begin on the mild side. This will help ease you into cigar smoking and so you don’t get turned off at the very beginning.
Don’t spend a fortune.
Like everything else you buy, you usually get what you pay for when purchasing a cigar. But you need not spend a fortune either, especially since you’re a newbie. For under $10, you can already get a quality cigar, and at your level, there’s really don’t know need to smoke anything extravagant. Go with moderately priced cigars at first, and as soon as your palate develops, you can go ahead and treat yourself to that luxurious smoke.
Price isn’t that important when choosing a cigar, but tobacco quality and cigar construction are. Construction affects how even and smooth the draw is as you smoke the cigar. Testing a cigar’s construction can be done by rolling the cigar between your thumb and index finger.
When doing this, scan for lumps outside – there should be none. Look for an even consistency and fill. Any roughness can make the draw less smooth. Finally, keep in mind that the ash of a well-constructed cigar will retain the cigar’s shape while you’re smoking it.