Tips for Buying Cigars for Beginners
With several choices and a unique vocabulary, you might not actually know where to start when purchasing cigars. But this brief guide can be very useful for beginners. It won’t teach you all you have to know, but hopefully, it will help you make your first foray into cigar buying successful.
Go to a tobacconist.
This is the first important step you have to take. With a tobacconist, you have a wide variety of quality cigars to select from. Plus, you can rest on the fact that those cigars have been properly cared for. And you’ll even have the indispensable guidance of experts. The staff will usually be helpful.
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Go for high quality tobacco.
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In most cases, you won’t be able to determine the quality of tobacco just by looking at the cigar. How can you tell which brands are fine? It’s all about reputation. If some of your friends or relatives smoke cigars, you can ask them. Certainly, you can ask your tobacconist.
In general though, you’ll be much safer with larger brands as they tend to have all the resources to work with quality stuff. While looking for cigars that use quality tobacco, don’t buy boxes just yet. You may end up with crummy cigars you’ll never want to smoke.
If you’re just starting with cigars, your preferences can change quickly since you still don’t know what you really like. That makes it smart to just buy a few at a time.
As a newcomer, you can find full-bodied smokes unpleasant or overwhelming, so start on the mild side. This helps to ease you into cigar smoking so you don’t end up turned off from the very start.
Don’t spend too much.
As with anything else you buy, you get what you pay for when it comes to cigars. There’s no need to spend a fortune either, especially that you are a newcomer. It’s possible to get quality cigar cheaper than $10, and at your level, you don’t have to smoke anything too fancy. Buy average-priced cigars at first – you can always treat yourself to that luxurious smoke the moment your taste develops.
Price isn’t all that important in selecting a cigar, but the quality of the tobacco and how the cigar was constructed, are crucial. Construction affects how even and smooth the draw is as you smoke the cigar. Roll the cigar between your index finger and thumb to test its construction.
While doing this, check if it has any lumps outside – it shouldn’t. The cigar should also have an even consistency and fill. Any roughness can make the draw less smooth. Finally, keep in mind that the ash of a well-constructed cigar will retain the cigar’s shape while you’re smoking it.