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A Beginner’s Guide To Cigar Smoking

Thought to have been invented 1,000 years ago by the Mayans, cigars have gone on to become one of life’s most guilty pleasures for many people, including men and women. Whether lighting up at the end of a long workday or to celebrate a special occasion such as the birth of a child, new job promotion, or the victory of one’s favorite sports team, smoking cigars is a hobby that is becoming more popular each year. However, to get the maximum enjoyment from cigars, it is important to know as much as possible about them in terms of selecting the right cigar, how to properly store your cigars, and of course the best way to smoke them. If you’re eager to get started with your cigars but need some additional tips, here are some you’ll want to keep in mind.

Hand-Rolled or Machine-Rolled?

While you’ve probably not given this much thought, it is crucial to decide whether you want to smoke hand-rolled or machine-rolled cigars. Since you are a beginner to cigar smoking, most aficionados agree hand-rolled cigars are usually best for beginners. There are many reasons for this, the most common being that they use pure tobacco and are aged for several months, ensuring they have better flavor and are of high-quality. If you choose to use machine-rolled cigars, chances are they will contain various additives and chemicals, and likely will not taste as good.

Mild or Strong Cigars?

While you may want to jump right in and try smoking a cigar with a bold, strong flavor, it will be best it you resist the urge to do so and instead select a mild-flavored cigar for your early smoking. Since cigars come in a variety of strengths and flavors, you may be very surprised at what you find on the market. For example, if you love the taste of chocolate, there are many cigars that fit this description. For example, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on authentic Cuban cigars such as Partagas Shorts, you’ll find they taste like a combination of chocolate, vanilla, honey, and sweet latte coffee.

Cutting and Lighting Your Cigar

Once the big moment arrives and you are holding the cigar in your hand, make sure you know exactly what to do in terms of cutting and lighting. To properly cut a cigar, use special cigar scissors you can purchase at specialty cigar shops, and always cut at the tip of the cigar where it stops being round. As for lighting, wooden matches usually work best. Once the match is lit, hold the cigar at a 45-degree angle and slowly allow the flame to engulf the cigar’s tip for a few seconds. In doing so, this will allow for the best flavor and a pleasing aroma.

Storing Your Cigars

While you could store your cigars in a drawer or any type of box, you’ll run the risk of having them exposed to humidity and other elements that may result in them losing their firmness and flavor. If this happens, you’ll be very disappointed the next time you light up. To keep this from happening, purchase a humidor specifically designed to keep your cigars in the best possible shape. Available from specialty shops and online retailers, humidors come in many different styles, sizes, and shapes. If you’ve chosen to invest in high-quality cigars, you’ll definitely want to have a humidor to use for storage.

While for some people cigar smoking is something done only occasionally, others view it as a full-time hobby that constantly offers something new. However you choose to approach your cigar smoking, remember to make it fun. This can be done by sampling new flavors and strengths of cigars regularly, or perhaps joining a local cigar club in your area. Whatever you do, there is little doubt that once you smoke a fine cigar, you’ll be a fan for life.