What Actually Makes a Good Cigar?
Is flavor the main factor that determines whether a cigar is desirable or not, or is that just too simple of an answer? Other factors such as a cigar’s construction, strength or nicotine content, draw, burn, feel, appearance, etc. all contribute to the overall enjoyment of a cigar, but many cigar smokers consider flavor to be the single crucial factor. However, there are many aspects of flavor that require further analysis.
For example, we must not only consider the various tastes and flavors in cigars like spice, pepper, sweetness, salt, etc., but the texture, smoothness, fullness and intensity of the smoke also contribute to the overall flavor. The coolness of the smoke is also an important aspect of taste to some cigar smokers. If this holds true, then consider smoking cigars with larger ring gauges.
However, complexity may not be a significant factor when it concerns evaluating smaller cigars. If a cigar lasts for about 30 minutes approximately, then the flavors do not need to morph several times making the cigar enjoyable. But if a cigar lasts for an hour or two, then the smoking experience will eventually become boring if a cigar’s flavors do not transform, develop or change as the cigar is smoked.
Price Does Not Matter
Some cigar smokers’ perceptions may be affected by price they pay for a certain cigar. If a cigar costs an arm and a limb, there is probably a high expectation that the cigar will automatically be good. However, there is not always a direct relationship between price and enjoyment. Most smokers would greatly prefer to discover a value priced cigar that they really like. Be critical of expensive cigars. Some cigars may cost a lot more than others, but will they taste better to you? Not always. The flavor you taste in a cigar is mostly about the blend– how the different tobacco leaves interact to produce an enjoyable smoke. There are a number of reasons why some cigars cost much more than others, but a few of those reasons have nothing to do with how the cigars actually taste.
The Perfect Cigar
Did you ever smoke just one particular cigar and find it so enjoyable that you went out and bought an entire box of those same cigars, but were disappointed to find that none of the cigars in package could compare to the one cigar that you initially enjoyed a lot to begin with? Absent any inconsistencies in the production of the cigars, maybe there is another y-factor that could affect the condition of your palate at a particular time of day, or after eating a particular kind of meal. Or could it be the different conditions under which you smoke cigars, such as room temperature, humidity, atmospheric problems, accompanying beverage, scenery, surroundings, camaraderie, or any number of other external factors? Our company believe the response to that question is YES.
It is helpful to read what others think of a particular cigar before deciding whether to purchase it and give it a try on your own or otherwise, but everyone’s palate is different, and we all have our own preferences. That is why it is very important to sample a large variety of cigars before choosing a favorite or favorites. If you already have a cigar that you like, you will always become able to find another one that you like even better. And if you are a new cigar smoker who had a bad experience with a couple of cigars, do not quit and assume that you just don’t like cigars.
There is one last caveat to think about in the search for the ideal cigar. As you continue to smoke, your palate will develop and change in time. There is a very good chance that sometime after you find the perfect smoke, your tastes will change, and you will then have to resume the quest for that perfect cigar around again. After all, change is what keeps the cigar world spinning around.