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What to Look for When Buying a Cigar for the First Time

Smoking cigars is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is said that on one of his many voyages, Christopher Columbus saw natives rolling and smoking dried tobacco leaves and was intrigued enough to bring some back with him to Spain.

Cigars rose to worldwide fame in the 20th century, known to symbolize sophistication and high status in anyone who consumes them, especially men. It has become synonymous with masculine portrayals of men in 20th-century media, paired with a smooth glass of whiskey. If you’re new to cigar smoking and don’t know where to start, here are some things to look out for:

Location

When it comes to buying a cigar, you don’t want to get it from just anywhere. Going to a corner store to buy a cigar is not only unclassy but the quality of the cigar will pale in comparison to a truly top-quality smoke. You should go to a reputable tobacconist in your area, this will ensure that the cigars you’re looking at have been kept in optimal conditioning and will be worth the money spent.

Price

The price of a cigar can range anywhere from $3 to $50. It might seem tempting to go for the cheaper option, but the cigar will probably be low-quality and leave you underwhelmed. On the other hand, you don’t have to fork up fifty bucks every time you want to enjoy a smoke; For around $10 you will be able to find a variety of flavorful cigars great for a first-timer.

Hand Rolled Or Machine Rolled

Hand-rolled cigars are usually more expensive, but they’re also made with more care. Hand-rolled cigars are made out of 100% pure tobacco leaves with almost no extras, while a machine rolled cigar might have some extra substances intertwined. Machine rolled cigars are a good option for those who smoke often, as buying expensive handcrafted cigars multiple times a week can become a very costly habit.

Flavors

The flavor of a cigar is determined by the growing and harvesting process of the tobacco. A cigars taste can be light and soothing or strong and pungent. It is typically recommended that first time users go for a mild flavor, as a strong tasting cigar could be too overpowering for someone who’s never smoked a cigar before. Keep in mind that you aren’t supposed to inhale the cigar smoke. Just puff on it, fill your mouth then blow it right out.

If you’re someone who smokes cigarettes and wants to take a step into the cigar world, or a complete novice just curious about smoking culture: Cigars are a great and relaxing way to pass time. They are soothing, social, and they aren’t very expensive. Now sit down, light it up and enjoy!

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