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Stogie Commentary: A To-Do List of ‘Don’ts’

2 Jul 2007

When I worked at USA Today, one of the principles about which we had no doubt was that people like lists. They’re succinct, accessible, and often entertaining.

So, in that spirit, here’s a list of five “Don’ts” for cigar smokers.

1. Don’t buy a box too quickly. This is particularly true for new releases. Smoke a few over time to make sure the quality is consistent. It’s better to miss some “great deals” than to be stuck with boxes of cigars you don’t like.

2. Don’t confuse aging with magic. Keeping a lousy cigar in your humidor is just going to turn it into an older, lousy cigar. Unfortunately, Spanish cedar isn’t the philosopher’s stone.

3. Don’t pay attention to sales hype. Ignore it all, particularly when retailers tout some incredible buy or neglected stash they stumbled across in a factory. Do you honestly think cigar manufacturers don’t know how to run their businesses? Or that appropriating the name of an ancient Cuban brand makes any difference?

4. Don’t forget what you like and dislike. It’s not necessary to become an expert in the world’s tobaccos. But if, for example, you’ve really enjoyed several Cameroon-wrapped cigars, you’ll increase your chances for success with a new stick if you look for another Cameroon.

5. Don’t rush your smoke. In our speed-obsessed culture, cigars provide a rare opportunity to slow down. In the end, you’re probably better to skip a smoke than to try to squeeze one in when you can’t give it sufficient time.

Feel free to share your own cigar “Don’ts” with readers as comments below.

George E


11 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: A To-Do List of ‘Don’ts’”

  1. Ryan D Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    I would say don't equate price with quality. While many expensive cigars are excellent (and my cheap cigars are terrible), price isn't always a great determinant.

    The trick is to find those underappreciated, undervalued smokes…

  2. Sam Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:32 am #

    As far as point number 5, I would suggest looking into much smaller cigars such as Oliva Special G Natural Juicy Lucy or Hemingway short story if you are short on time. These can give you the satuisfaction if you only have 20-40 minutes to spare.

  3. Mac and Nudo Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:51 am #

    The Punch Champion and the Hoyo Dark Sumatra Espresso are other smokes that are short on time, but not on flavor.

    Another good "Don't": If you're indoors or on a nice deck/patio, don't try to win a long ash contest. Sooner or later it will fall, and you'll probably end up pissing someone off.

  4. matthew cortez Monday, July 2, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Don't spend a million dollars on a humidor you can get a great one for 100-200.

  5. matthew cortez Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    Just throwing this out because there is no forum for discussion. In an previous topic stogie guys made comments about a cigar having tastes of berry and from time to time other taste I can not relate to I am a maduro smoker and regularly smoke strong cigars vsg, lfd leigero trip mad camacho how can i broaden my taste buds to these tastes and is there a list (I love lists) of all the tastes when rating a stogie???

  6. George E Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    Matthew –

    Sorry. I didn't see your post until today. Many cigar smokers have consulted coffee and wine tasting "wheels" to try to get a better handle on various tastes. Here are a couple of sources you might find worthwhile:

    Hope this helps.

    george e.

  7. matthew cortez Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks George!

  8. matthew cortez Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 7:23 pm #

    and the punch champion was a dissapointment.

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    Feel free to share your own cigar “Don’ts” with readers as comments below.

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