Smoking is a nasty habit, but I have been known to smoke a few cigars in my day. For instance, while we were in Aruba this past December, I purchased a Cuban cigar. This was a real Cuban, not the stuff that poses as a Cuban back in the States. Those cigars, illegal here, are said to be some of the best cigars you can buy. Sheryl and I both purchased one, and smoked them on the beach while we watched the sun set over the ocean. It was a perfect way to end the day, and to smoke a tasty stick of tobacco leaves.
But what makes a good cigar? Below I answer a few very basic, yet pressing questions about cigars and smoking cigars. If you are a cigar smoker, listen up!
What is the proper way to smoke a cigar?
Unlike a cigarette, you do not inhale when you smoke a cigar. Cigar smokers enjoy cigars for the taste, flavor, and aroma. Not the nicotine. So puff, enjoy, and breathe out. The first time, and it will happen, you inhale… that won’t happen again, I promise you that!
What should I look for in a good cigar?
A premium handmade cigar is like a work of art. The cigar will have a nice, even color with a slightly oily sheen. The cigar should have no visible defects, like a cracked, dry, or brittle wrapper. The head of the cigar should have a nicely formed cap and the smell of the tobacco should be rich and pleasing.
If you had only one cigar accessory to buy, what would it be and why?
I would say a troth-style cigar lighter. Without fire, there can be no smoke! My second choice would be a quality cigar cutter. This would allow an even cut time and time again.
I don’t smoke cigars a lot, but when I do I make sure it’s a high-end smoke and one that will leave me feeling calm, cool and collected. Do you smoke cigars? What is your favorite brand of cigar?