Navigating the plethora of options when purchasing a cigar seems daunting from the outside. Many men, when they decide to purchase, get stuck in the rut of thinking that solely because a cigar is expensive that it is in some fashion better than the others. This is the first and the chief mistake that most men make. Whether your an avid, social, or celebratory cigar smoker, purchasing a cigar should be a venture that is taken with care. Being blessed to live in Tampa, FL, where there is a vibrant hispanic community, Big Al and myself have been able to dabble in a multitude of different types and prices of cigars. First, when you go to purchase a cigar take into account how often you smoke.
If this is your first cigar ever, stick to a smaller size cigar otherwise your are going to be higher than Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Next, like beer, you are going to have to take into account your personal preference. Like a beer’s hops, a cigar’s tobacco takes on a distinct flavor contingent on the region and climate that it is grown in. Also decide if you like a heavy, sweet, spice, dark or light cigar. Consider buying one of each. Finally, go to a local cigar store and visit their discounted cigar section. (If you live in a small town, and your only choice is Dutch Master Panatella’s from the local Walgreens, don’t do it. Invest in another couple of gallons of gas first, and make the drive.) Some of the best rolled smokes I have ever had have been $5 or less. Knowing that you are buying flavor and not a name is inherently the most important thought to take into account for your decision. So for your next outing, stop by your local smoke shop and pick out a delectable stogie to enjoy.
Up in Smoke,