PCA 2023: What’s In My Bag – Brooks Whittington

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Developing a Sense of Taste for Cigars

A cigar is a long, thin bundle of tobacco leaves that’s typically rolled and smoked. It’s a sophisticated sensory experience enjoyed by people of all walks of life and it can be compared to fine wine or gourmet coffee in terms of flavor complexity. A cigar’s taste and aroma are the result of how the tobacco leaves have been cultivated, fermented, and smoked, as well as the skill of the smoker to savor the experience.

Cigars are typically consumed at a leisurely pace and they can take up to two hours to smoke from start to finish. This allows the smoker to relax and enjoy a beverage or two in a comfortable setting. The social aspect of cigar smoking is an important part of the overall experience and it’s often a time to chat with friends and even make new ones. It’s also a great way to decompress during stressful or hectic times.

Developing a Sense of Taste

Developing a sense of taste for cigars is an art and an ongoing journey. Everyone’s palate is unique and their sensitivity to the different flavors, aromas, and textures of a cigar will differ. Some people may prefer sweeter or more earthy flavors, while others may prefer stronger or lighter smokes.

The most experienced cigar connoisseurs are able to recognize the nuances and differences between various brands, but it takes time to master the craft. The cigars you choose to smoke should be consistent in their construction, as well as the quality of the tobacco and the blend used. It’s recommended to smoke cigars in moderation because they contain more nicotine than cigarettes, and inhaling the smoke can aggravate dental health issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

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