A CIGAR PRIMER

 

Selecting a cigar can be difficult proposition. Whether you are a new smoker choosing their first cigar, seeking a gift for a friend or loved one, or looking for something new, there are a couple of basics that can aid you in making that choice.

 

STRENGTH

The first decision you need to make is the strength of the cigar. Are you looking for a mild, medium or full-bodied smoke? Beginners should probably start with something mild. A good point of reference to determine the strength of a cigar is color. A light colored cigar is usually mild, while a dark cigar is strong. The outside wrapper usually dictates the strength of the cigar. A light colored wrapper is usually a Connecticut or a Candela. The Camaroon, Sumatra, Corojo and Habano are varients of a medium-strength cigar. The strongest wrappers are Ligero and Maduro.

 

SIZE

The length of the cigar determine the length of the smoke. A longer cigar will take longer to smoke. The gauge

(the thickness of the cigar) affects how much smoke you take in during in each puff.

 

PRICE

What is the difference between a cigar that is costs $4 and $12? Quality and brand. Depending on the producer of the cigar, what country it comes from, the quality of tobacco, the quality of construction, the ratings of the cigar, etc. That $4 cigar can be just as good a smoke as the $12 depending on the smoker's tastes.