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Choose Quality Over Quantity
It goes without saying that in the cigar smokers world, you get what you pay for. That doesn't mean that every cigar that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg won't be a reasonable smoke, but it does mean that you're going to have to pay attention in order to determine the quality. That statement will hold true regardless of whether you are paying two dollars or thirty dollars for your cigar.
A bad smoke can literally ruin that expensive brandy and come close to ruining your entire evening. What's the best way to ensure that you get a quality cigar?
There are a few simple litmus tests by which you can judge a good and consequently a bad cigar. The things that you can do prior to smoking the cigar to weed out the good from the bad are these: Smell it. Simple, short and sweet. Take a long sniff of the cigar if you're uncertain or unfamiliar with it. There is a general rule of thumb that says that if the cigar smells bad, it's going to taste bad. Most retail purveyors of cigars will encourage you to do that and if they sell a great smoke, then they will insist that you do. It's a red flag if someone tries to talk you out of it. Of course every cigar has a different flavor or a different color but as a rule, if you smell a musty odor or a musky one, or it smells very much like soil, it's not a smoke that you're going to enjoy so leave it on the shelf and move on.
Take A Closer Look
Does it look dry and dead? If so chances are that it's going to give you a less than satisfying taste. A dry cigar should be avoided like the plague. You'll be able to recognize that by the look, the feel and again, by the smell of it. It if does not look moist and smell moist then the essential oils that were present in the cigar are quite likely gone too.
You can literally see the difference in a cigar that is not moist enough and has not been so for a long time by looking closely at the wrapper. Does it show a few signs of wear? If it's slightly cracked or has started to peel away, don't waste your time even lighting it, because you're not going to enjoy it.
A good cigar will show by the intact and moist looking wrapper, by the smell of the the oils that are present in the cigar. Likewise, the bad cigar will show itself because it is missing those very important things.
Take Your Time
If you're looking for a great smoke and you don't want to waste your time or money on anything less, spend a little time before you buy and vet your cigar thoroughly, just as you would vet a new employee. It will save you from being disappointed whilst helping you to identify what you like about an individual cigar. This approach will serve you well time and again as each cigar brand is completely different and requires some thought and preparation to familiarize yourself with its unique character.
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Horatio Green has been a cigar smoker for 12 years, having mastered the art of smoking cigars form the ground up. Learn from his experience to get you started the right way quickly and enjoy the pleasure that cigars provide. Grab your free guide for great tips and ideas. Go now to www.introductiontocigars.com and sign up for the FREE e-course and learn how to smoke like a pro in no time!
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