Cigars for Beginners: A Complete Guide

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If you’re looking to try cigars for the first time, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll talk about what you need to know before buying your first cigar and how to light one up once it’s in hand. We’ll also share some helpful tips on how to store them properly so that they stay fresh for as long as possible! If you’re new to this world of deliciousness then we hope this guide will help make your introduction a positive experience.

What To Consider When Buying a Cigar for the First Time

The wrapper is the outer layer of your cigar. It’s usually made with a tobacco leaf or two, and the quality of your wrapper will determine how your cigar will taste. Some wrappers are smooth and silky, while others are course and oily in appearance. The best way to tell if you like a certain type of tobacco wrapper is by smoking a cigar with that kind of wrapper!

A cigar’s wrapper helps define its taste and look.

The wrapper is the outermost layer of a cigar, and it’s what you see when you hold one in your hand. The wrapper determines both the look and a good amount of the taste  for each cigar, so it’s important to know about different types and how they affect your smoking experience. It can be made from any number of various leafs—some are stronger than others, some are more flavorful than others, but all are important parts of making sure that every cigar tastes good, looks great and burns evenly.

When it comes to cigars, single origin are unique.

Single origin cigars are made from tobacco grown in one place, often for a specific blend. This means that a single country or region is responsible for the entire flavor of the cigar. Single origin tobaccos, also referred to as puros are often more expensive than blends that come from multiple places, but they’re also considered to be more complex and have more nuanced flavors.

Cigars for Beginners FAQ 

What do cigars taste like? 

Cigars can be smooth or full-bodied, but their flavor is always complex.

The flavor of a cigar is complex, but also not always the same. The flavors of a cigar can change over time and depend on the wrapper. The differences in taste might be subtle, but they’re there. In general, smoother cigars tend to have more earthy or nutty notes while stronger cigars have hints of pepper or spice. But this isn’t an iron-clad rule—some full-bodied cigars are smooth and balanced while others pack a punch with strong herbal or peppery flavor profiles.

The strength of a cigar is measured by the types of tobacco used.

Full-bodied cigars are often pricier than smoother ones because they contain more ligero tobacco leaves. The additional expense comes from the fact that ligero leaves take longer to age, which means higher production costs for producers who want to keep up with demand for high-quality leaves.

There’s no denying that a medium-to-full bodied cigar will provide more flavor than a smooth one: You’ll get notes of spice, earthiness and coffee bean flavors with an extra kick of pepper. However, these types of smokes require extra care when lighting them since they  tend to have thicker leaves compared to  smoother cigar blends. 

How to smoke your first cigar

It’s time to learn how to smoke your first cigar.

First, you’ll need the right tools. You can’t smoke a cigar without:

  1. A cigar cutter (any style cigar cutter will do)
  2. A lighter or matches (a butane lighter is preferable, but you can use matches if necessary)

Smoking a cigar is an art form. It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy yourself after a long day. But if you’re new to cigars, you might not know where to begin. This guide should have given you all the information needed to start buying and enjoying your own cigars as soon as possible!

How do you light a cigar?

Lighting a cigar is often the most intimidating step for beginners, but it’s really quite simple. All you need is a match or lighter and the patience to learn how to properly hold your cigar while lighting it.

To smoke a cigar, first cut the head (the cap  tobacco at the end) using a guillotine cutter, a bullet/punch cutter, or a V-cutter. Next, light your cigar with the flame from your lighter or match. Toast the entire foot of the cigar in a circular motion. After the foot of the cigar has been given a good amount of time to ignite, then gently puff on the cigar to ensure a good burn.

Do you inhale a cigar? 

The preferred method of smoking a cigar, is not to inhale. You are simply taking in the smoke from your cigar into you mouth and tasting the flavors and complexity of the smoke that it has to offer.Cigars are much more rich in flavor and taste to inhale them.!

Can you relight a cigar? 

Yes, it is possible to relight a cigar and every cigar smoker has had to relight his or her cigar. You might be in a conversation, or have to step away from smoking and come back to your cigar no longer burning. Simply, toast the foot of your cigar again evenly and gently puff again on the cigar to get it to relight. It is not recommended to try and relight a cigar after numerous hours or days have past since relighting it. Smoke can get trapped in the cigar, and after long periods of time this will dramatically alter the taste and cause it to have an unpleasant flavor profile.

How do you put out a cigar? 

We’ve all experienced it: you light-up a great cigar and get to enjoy it for a good few minutes, only to be suddenly interrupted with the need to put it out. Good cigars are certainly worth enjoying for as long as possible, but if you’re not careful you could be left with a smoldering cherry that no longer looks or smells quite as nice. So how do you put out a cigar in the most effective and pleasant way?

Very simple, just tap any remaining ash from your cigar into an ashtray and then simply rest your cigar on the side of the ashtray for the cigar to naturally go out on its own. That way, if you want to come back to your cigar, your cigar is in perfect condition for you to relight it.

Where should you store cigars? 

Most cigars are packed in cigar boxes that are not airtight. Once you open the cigar box, you will want to place the remaining cigars from the box into a humidor. The humidor should be stored  at room temperature, and the  ideal humidity in the humidor is to be between 65-70 degrees. If you are looking for a permanent solution and aren’t sure what the best storage method is for your cigars, buying a humidor is the best way to go.

Cigars kept in humidors, which maintain a constant humidity level, are by far the best choice for storing cigars.  Storing them in other airtight container will also work, but feature cedar that absorbs humidity to keep cigars stored properly.

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