Are you looking for advice on how to identify a quality cigar? Here are tips on what to look for when buying a cigar:
. First, find a shape that you like and will feel comfortable smoking.
. Then, quite simply, judge a book by its cover – in this case, the wrapper.
. The outermost leaf (the wrapper) must be applied flawlessly, without gaps, or tears.
. Look for uniform color. You don’t want a cigar that is mottled or spotted.
. Avoid cigars that feel dry, or that flake or crumble when touched. This means they have not been
kept in proper humidity.
. However, if you do have a cigar that has dried out, there may be a way to save it. If the wrapper
hasn’t cracked and the oils haven’t evaporated, there is a way to rehydrate a cigar.
. Look for cigars with a luster or sheen which indicates that they have been well cared-for.
. Make sure the cigar is well filled with tobacco. It should feel consistently firm, without any weak
spots or divots.
. Flavor is also very important. Remove the cigar from its outer wrapping (if in a cigar shop, ask for
permission first!), put the cigar up to your nose and take a nice deep inhale. If the smell of the cigar
is appealing to you, chances are the taste will be, too.