When choosing a cigar there are a few things you should look for in order to pick the right one. Selecting a cigar should be fun, when you’re looking at cigars you should look at the construction and overall quality of the tobacco used. It’s tough to tell if tobacco is good or not just by looking at a cigar so it’s important to know your cigars and base your decision on a cigar brand’s reputation. If you’re a beginner it’s safest to go with sticks rather than buying entire boxes.
Another thing you should look at is the strength of the cigar. Everyone has a different preference when it comes to the body strength, whether you want a mild bodied cigar or a full bodied cigar, it’s important to get what’s right for your palate. If you’re new to cigars you may want to go with a lighter cigar, something more on the mild side.
The size and shape of a cigar also play an important role in the quality of your stogie. Size and shape not only determines how long you’ll be smoking a cigar but it can also determine the flavor. It’s probably best to smoke a smaller cigar if it’s your first time, that way you’re not forcing yourself to finish a large cigar.
Another good tip when searching for a great cigar is to check if it has had any ratings from major cigar publications such as Cigar Aficionado. A 70 to 79 rating from Cigar Aficionado is average, 80 to 89 is very good and a 90 to 100 score is outstanding. Of course what it comes down to is personal taste and while a rating may be helpful it’s really up to you to decide what type of cigar you like in the end. So shop around, try different things and you’ll find the right cigar!