Father Knows Best

Choosing  Your Cigars

Storing Your Cigars

Getting started? Yeh, I'm talking to you! You say you don't know anything about cigars but you're interested in learning. Well, you are at the right place. Let's face it, everyone has to start somewhere, right? You say you have questions? Bring 'em on! Let's start with some basics.

What am I looking for? I don't know, you tell me. Big, small, long, short, strong, mild? They are all available. I would suggest that you ask someone that already smokes.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask someone why they like a particular cigar. Ask them to describe it to you. Ask them if they can taste the flavors that the blend creates. Also, ask them where they purchased their cigar. This is no doubt the first order of business.

Check your phone book and find out where the Cigar Shops are located in your area. Then make a visit. Remember, these folks will most likely know what they're talking about so once again ask questions. I might also suggest, don't buy a cigar because it's the most expensive.

The first time out, pick up a few. Ask the tobacconist to set you up with a sampler pack. Make sure there's one from the Dominican Republic, one from Honduras and if you can, try to include one from Mexico. Ask for different wrappers (cigars are made with three parts; filler tobacco, binder tobacco and a wrapper leaf). Wrappers make a big difference in the taste of the overall cigar, so be sure that you sample some different wrappers.

Before you leave the store, make sure you ask them to show you the proper way to cut the cigar. This alone can make all the difference in the world. I'm not going to tell you that there is a correct way of a lighting a cigar, but you do need to be careful because you can destroy one. Make sure you keep the flame off the cigar directly. Just underneath it will be fine when you start to draw on the cigar. Once again, ask someone to show you how they light their cigar. Like so many other things in life, practice makes perfect.

Once you get fired up, be sure that you don't inhale the smoke. Premium cigars are to be enjoyed. Inhaling them can quickly prevent you from really tasting the blend. Not to mention, you might start to turn green if you inhale too much. Take your time once you're off and running. Cigars should not be rushed. That goes against the grain of why we even smoke cigars. Instead, relax, enjoy and savor the blend of the tobaccos. Ponder the taste with each and every draw of the cigar. Actually, I like to think that one really sips the cigar like a fine wine.

Remember, the making of a premium cigar is a labor of love. So should the smoking of one.
Got questions? Send them my way!

Keep Your Smoking Holy!