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THE GENTLEMen's DEPARTMENT

April 11, 2017

How to Choose a Great Cigar

Alright, classy gent maybe you have a special event coming up or maybe you just want to try something new. We’re here to guide you through the sophisticated art of choosing a great cigar.


First, a little lesson on the anatomy of a cigar. Luckily, it’s not that complicated. There are 3 parts to a cigar:


The head - This is the part you put in your mouth. This part is sealed and will require cutting before use. As cool as it may seem, don’t use your mouth to cut it! Use a sharp knife or guillotine so you don’t smash your cigar.


The foot - This is the end you light.


The wrapper - The outer wrapping of your cigar that gives the cigar its flavor.


Where to buy: We recommend looking up a local cigar club or lounge. You can find a larger selection and there will also be cigar experts there to assist you in your selection.


Tips for Choosing Your Cigar:


  • If this is your first time smoking one, don’t go for an expensive one, you won’t be able to truly savor and distinguish the complex flavors of a higher-priced cigar. There are many cheaper ones that are highly regarded among cigar connoisseurs.  

  • The cigar’s construction is very important in how smooth and even the draw is when you smoke it. You can test the construction by rolling the cigar between your thumb and index finger, checking for lumps and the ensuring the cigar is not too soft or lacking filling. The ash of a well constructed cigar will maintain its shape as it is smoked.

  • Finally tobacco quality is very important but the only way to determine this is through reputation. We recommend asking an experienced cigar smoker or an expert that works at your local cigar club. It’s always safe going with a larger and well known brand.

  • Buy a your cigars one at a time before you go splurging on a box. When you aren’t familiar with the brand or quality of the tobacco, you don’t want to waste your money on a whole box of cigars.

  • Try different varieties, it’ll give you a good idea of what you like and don’t like. Like choosing a favorite beer, you need to try many to see which flavors you enjoy.

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