Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Week for the week of February 13. Read the full tasting note:
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How to Pick the Best Cigars
Cigars are an essential part of every man’s life – from the first time they smoke one after moving out on their own, to celebrating marriages or promotions. They’re also a great way to unwind with friends at the end of a long day or to get away from it all.
But with so many choices out there, it can be difficult to know which cigars are right for you! Luckily, there are a few things you can keep an eye out for to make sure your next cigar is of the highest quality.
Uniformity of Construction
A cigar should be uniform in appearance and feel when it’s held between your fingers. Any uneven or squishy areas are a sign of poor craftsmanship and will likely lead to a less-than-satisfying experience.
Look for a Strong Smell
When you’re smoking your first cigar, you’ll want to be able to smell it before you take a drag. If your cigar doesn’t have much of a smell, you may be missing out on the most flavorful aspects.
Look for Different Flavors, Strengths & Aromas
You should be able to taste different flavors from your cigar. This is because cigar makers blend various varieties of filler tobacco to create a range of distinct strengths and aromatics.
The same goes for wrappers, which can have different levels of flavor and spiciness depending on the country they were grown in. Some of the most coveted brands are made from Cuban wrappers, with their rich aromas and delicious, complex tastes. But don’t be afraid to try newer wrappers, as well!