9 Things to Look for When Purchasing Cigars

9 Things to Look for When Purchasing Cigars

There are many cigars out there. It can be daunting to beginners or even experienced smokers. When it comes to your money, look for these nine things to make sure you’re getting what you want.

Pack
Lightly squeeze a cigar. Little give indicates a tight pack. A squishier cigar indicates a lighter pack. A tighter pack has more tobacco, but a lighter pack gives better draw and a quicker smoke.

Size
Cigars take time to smoke. Depending on the length and ring gauge, that time can range from 30 minutes to an hour. There are many sizes, but you must find the right one for you. Some cigar websites even have charts showing actual sizes of typical lengths and ring gauges to help you make an informed decision.

Strength
Different cigars come with different strength levels. Someone who is sensitive to the effects of nicotine may not enjoy a cigar that is high in strength. Likewise, someone who has a higher tolerance may be looking for a product with more kick.

Price
Not all cigars are equal, but this doesn’t mean that expensive is the best. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t afford the highest of the high-end. There are plenty of budget cigars that allow you to have quantity and quality.

Smell
The aromatics of cigars are one of their selling points. The smell of a cigar can also be an indicator of its flavor profile. This is helpful if you want to avoid artificially-flavored cigars or cigars with sweetened tips.

Construction
You want to make sure that the wrapper does not flake or unravel. A bad wrapper may be an indicator of poor construction throughout. Poor construction can make a cigar, cheap or expensive, unsmokable.

Moisture
The moisture level of a cigar can greatly affect all aspects of your smoke. A cigar that is too dry can result in a fast, hot and unpleasant smoke. A cigar that is too wet will fight to hold a flame. A good humidor can remedy this problem for a moderate price.

Mold
Cigars stored in high humidity can suffer from mold. One contaminated stick can ruin your other cigars. Your humidor will need a thorough cleaning if mold takes over.

Brand
Some cigars are well-known for good and bad reasons. Look at reviews and go by word-of-mouth. If most people warn you that a certain brand is not worth buying, then it’s best to save your money.

Some great cigars are out there waiting for you. With some cash and time, you will find new favorites. Your selection will grow with experience.

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