If you’re a beginner to cigar smoking the very first thing you should do is buy a half-dozen different cigars to practice with. It’s not a good idea to purchase an entire box of cigars until you have a better idea of what type of cigars you prefer. Your best bet if you don’t know much about cigars is to ask your local tobacconist for his opinion on some good smokes for a beginner.
Your best bet when first getting started with cigars is choosing a few mild cigars to start with. The more full-flavored, or robust, cigars may be a little too much for you at this time. Mild cigars are also typically less expensive so that’s another plus for mild cigars for beginners.
Before you purchase your cigars you’ll want to inspect them first. You’re looking for fresh cigars that are rolled well. Take your prospective cigar and lightly roll it around your fingers and gently feel for hard or soft spots. You want a nice, even roundness to the cigar with a consistent firmness.
While rolling a cigar on my finger tips I also like to bring it closer to my ears and listen for any crackling type sounds indicating dryness or a cigar that is not fresh.
While looking at the wrapper of the cigar you’ll want to keep an eye out for color discolorations and cracks. Also keep in mind that mild cigars are generally lighter in color and have more a tan appearance then a dark brown one.
It’s important to note that cigars require storage in a very particular environment. If you do not own a cigar humidor, you do not want to buy more cigars then you can smoke within a few days. Make sure to leave the cigars in any type of containers they came in particularly cellophane packaging until you are ready to smoke them.
Never leave a cigar unprotected and exposed to the natural elements as this will cause it to dry out prematurely. If you have nothing else to store your cigars in you can always temporarily store them in a piece of Tupperware. Remember in order to get the most out of any cigar you’ll want them to be as fresh as possible.
Smoking cigars is an excellent way to relax after a long days work. Cigars are also a great way to celebrate special occasions. Get started the right way with the right cigars for someone who is just learning the nuances of smoking cigars for maximum pleasure and benefit.