Javier Ceron, founder of Ceron Premium Cigars, talks about his 7x 38 Sumatra Lancero on the floor of the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show.
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How to Select the Best Cigars
Cigars are a ritualistic and enjoyable experience that offer many benefits, such as relaxation and enjoyment of fine tobacco flavors. They can also be a social activity, where friends or colleagues can enjoy cigars together, often in a smoking lounge or bar.
Premium handmade cigars require time and attention to smoke. This can be a relaxing, enjoyable, and rewarding activity that helps you to slow down and take some time for yourself. It can help to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and can even help you lose weight.
Cigar selection can seem overwhelming to a newcomer, but it really comes down to five primary factors: taste, strength, size, tobacco, and price. You should first determine your taste profile and what type of cigars you prefer to smoke, as well as what level of body you are looking for.
Then, it’s important to understand the nuances of different cigar brands and regions, as well as the individual cigar-makers who make them. This process can be a fun and educational one, helping you to appreciate the skill and dedication that goes into the production of high-quality cigars.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of cigars, you should pay special attention to the appearance of the tobacco leaf. It should be a uniform color, without splotches or spots that could indicate mould. It should feel firm, but not hard to the touch – it’s important that you find a cigar that feels fresh and moist. A good test is to gently (and carefully!) flex it. If it snaps or bends easily, it’s likely dry and may not be suitable for smoking.