Over the years, many men have enjoyed lighting up a cigar to celebrate special occasions. Whether it is the birth of a baby, winning a sports championship, or any other joyous occasion, lighting up a good stogie has always been associated with good times. If you have decided to become a cigar smoker yourself, it’s important to know how to go about selecting premium cigars. If you think all cigars are alike, you are oh so wrong. If you’re ready to learn how to choose the best cigar to light up, keep these tips in mind.
First and foremost, make sure you have a basic understanding of a cigar’s anatomy. In particular, you should focus on the filler and wrapper. The filler, which is a blend of fermented and dry tobacco, will set the stage for how long and smoothly your cigar burns. However, the wrapper is where most of the cigar’s flavor ultimately comes from when it is being smoked.
Find a Local Cigar Club
If you really want to make sure you get the premium cigars you are seeking, find a local cigar club where you can be sure you are buying only the very best. Since the club will have a wide selection of cigars from all around the world, you should be able to find a great cigar for your tastes and budget. Also, since the club will have an experienced tobacconist manning the store, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have and get them answered by someone who knows their cigars.
Price isn’t Everything
For many people who are seeking to buy premium cigars, the biggest mistake they often make is assuming a higher-priced cigar means it is the best of the best. However, this isn’t always the case. Though many high-priced cigars do possess excellent flavoring, there are just as many lower-priced cigars that are still considered to be outstanding. Thus, even if you’re seeking premium cigars but don’t have a large cigar budget, don’t worry.
Check the Construction
Once you find a cigar you think is a strong possibility for you, take a few minutes and check out its construction. By this, we mean rolling it between your thumb and index finger to check for any lumps, bumps, or any spots inside the wrapper that feel empty. To get the very best smooth and even draw while smoking, you’ll need a cigar that has a consistent fill from end to end.
While you can examine many things by looking at the outside of a cigar to determine if it is indeed a premium brand, you won’t be able to learn much about the tobacco inside the wrapper. Therefore, never buy a cigar before first finding out all you can about the tobacco used in its creation. To do so, you can either ask a tobacconist at the cigar club, or instead rely on the advice of friends and family members who smoke the cigar. In most cases when you are wanting a premium cigar, you can go with larger, well-known brands, since larger companies often get first crack at the highest-quality tobaccos for their cigars.
Don’t Buy an Entire Box
Even if you think you’ve selected premium cigars, don’t buy an entire box initially. Instead, buy only one or two for a test run. Once you find your likes, you can always go back for more.
Now that you know what it takes to buy premium cigars, make plans to head to your local cigar club for some great advice and equally great cigars.