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Choosing the Best Cigar for Dummies 101

Overview Congratulations on your decision to explore the wonderful world of cigars! There are many factors to consider when selecting the right cigar for you.

Shopping for cigars online can be daunting for a beginner. Before you make your purchase, it’s important to do your research to find the best cigar for you. You can give us a call (949)432-5101 to speak with one of our experts, visit your local cigar shop for advice or ask your fellow cigar loving friends for some recommendations. Different brands come in different shapes and sizes, and each has its own unique flavor and strength. Consider your budget, preferred cigar strength, and the flavor profile you’re looking for. You may also want to read reviews from experienced cigar smokers to get an idea of what to expect. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can start shopping around! Remember to be sure you store your cigars properly so they can stay fresh and flavorful. With a bit of research and patience, you should be able to find the perfect cigar to suit your needs.

Good luck on your cigar journey!

Size and Shape A cigar is typically cylindrical in shape and usually tapered at the end. The end that is lit is usually slightly pointed, while the other end is usually cut flat or rounded. The length and diameter of a cigar can vary greatly depending on the brand.

Choosing the right cigar size for your smoking experience is a personal decision. Consider the size, shape, and strength of the cigar when choosing a cigar for your smoke. Larger cigars, such as a Churchill or a Toro, tend to have more flavor than smaller sizes, like a Petit Robusto. Stronger cigars, such as a Maduro, tend to have more robust and complex flavors than milder shapes, like a Connecticut. Additionally, the shape of the cigar will affect the draw and burn of the smoke. For example, a Figurado shape, like a Torpedo or Pyramid, will have a more concentrated draw, while a Parejo shape, like a Robusto or Toro, will have an even draw throughout the smoke. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what shape is right for your smoking experience.

Size is important when it comes to cigars, as a bigger cigar will generally have a longer burn time. You’ll also want to pay attention to shape, as different shapes can affect the flavor. Generally, cigars are classified into size groups, such as: Robusto, Figurado, Perfecto, Churchill, Torpedo, etc. For beginners, a robusto size is often recommended as it is typically between 4.5” - 5.5” in length and has a ring gauge of around 50. This size is usually the most comfortable for beginners to hold and smoke. It also has a nice balance of flavor, burn time, and strength, making it a great introduction to the world of cigars.

Flavor Understanding cigar flavors can be an enjoyable and complex experience, but, for a beginner in the world of cigars, choosing between different flavors can be confusing at times. Many cigar flavors can be broken down into four main categories: earth, wood, spice, and sweetness. Earth flavors tend to be deep and rich, while wood flavors are often smoky and robust. Spice flavors add a bit of a kick to the cigar, while sweetness can be a subtle contrast. Additionally, many cigars have hints of nuts, cocoa, coffee, leather, and more.


When you're just starting your cigar journey, try sampling different cigars to get a better idea of the flavors they offer. It is important to note that the same cigar can taste differently to different people, as everyone has a unique palate. When tasting a cigar, take time to savor the flavors and pick out the nuances. With enough practice, you can become an expert in appreciating cigar flavors and you will become more familiar with the different flavors and be able to more accurately identify them.

Wrapper Cigar wrappers come in a variety of different colors, and textures. The type of wrapper you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the type of cigar you are smoking. For instance, a lighter-colored wrapper, such as Connecticut-shade, will give you a milder flavor and a smoother draw. A darker wrapper, like Maduro or Oscuro, will give you a richer, spicier flavor. If you're looking for something a bit more unique, you might want to try a Corojo or a Sumatra wrapper, which provide a medium-to-full bodied smoke with a hint of sweetness. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and your personal preferences. Whichever wrapper you choose, make sure that it is in good condition and that it has been properly stored.

The type of wrapper on a cigar can have a huge effect on its flavor and overall experience. As a beginner, it's important to start with something mild to get a feel for the taste and experience. We would recommend trying a mild Connecticut wrapper cigar like the Montecristo White or the Padron Damaso. Both of these are mild and flavorful, making them great options for those just starting out.

Here are a few other options to consider:

  • Connecticut Shade (beginner): These wrappers are usually light brown in color and produce a mellow flavor with hints of sweetness

  • Habano (fair experience): These are dark brown and offer a bold flavor with notes of pepper and spice

  • Maduro (very experienced): These are dark-brown and provide a robust flavor with hints of espresso and spice.

No matter which type of wrapper you choose, make sure to take your time and savor each puff!

In Conclusion Now that we've gone over the basics, you should have an improved idea as to what to consider when choosing the best cigar for yourself. First, determine what type of experience you're looking for. Decide if you think you'll prefer a milder flavor or a bolder one? Then, consider the size of the cigar and its ring gauge. Remember, smaller cigars tend to be more mild and mellow, while larger cigars tend to be more full-bodied and intense. Acknowledge the wrapper leaf, to help give you more of an idea of the flavor, strength, and aroma of the cigar.

Once you have narrowed down your choices, read some reviews on the cigars you’re considering and determine which one best fits your preferences. Good luck on your cigar journey!

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