20 Jan 2014
Enjoying a cigar takes no special skill. That’s one of the things that makes it such a wonderful pastime. But there are things you can do—and not do—that will help increase your smoking pleasure. Here are three tips for just that reason.
1. I would pay attention to your surroundings and circumstances so you can select the right cigar for the occasion. Of course, a great cigar is, pretty much, always a great cigar. But if you’re otherwise occupied while you’re smoking one, much of that greatness is likely to be lost or never found. A subtle, complex cigar, for instance, doesn’t stand much of a chance if you’re puffing in a smoke-filled casino.
2. Do a little research before choosing a new cigar. These days, with tablets and smartphones, it’s easy to look into the tobacco composition and read a review or two, even when you’re standing in a humidor. This was driven home to me recently when, after hearing several people comment favorably about the PIO Resurrection, I tried one. I was impressed at the start but soon encountered what I can only describe as the nearly unmistakable taste of dirt I associate with Mexican tobacco. Sure enough, I checked and found it sports the ubiquitous San Andres wrapper and some Mexican filler. Not a bad cigar, but not one I’d have chosen if I’d looked before I lit.
3. Take a good look. Creating handmade cigars is a remarkable achievement and every aspect of the craft is worth attention. Notice how evenly the seams are on the wrapper, how the shading matches among those lined up in a box, how the cap is applied, etc. Some bands are extraordinary for their ornateness, such as Ashton’s San Cristobal. Occasionally, simply glance around the humidor at your favorite B&M and marvel at the incredible array and selection from which you can choose.
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