Cigars may be daunting, and most tobacco stores exacerbate the situation. Make the most of your local tobacconist by following these instructions.
As much as we enjoy cigars, we don’t necessarily want the establishments that offer them. The norm is inconvenient sites, poor curb appeal, and angry salespeople. There are few notable outliers, but most local cigar shops are dreadful. This is a minor annoyance for the enthusiast, but it is painful, unpleasant, and perplexing for newbies and gift-givers.
One day, we’ll open our shop. Until then, here’s a simple guide to help you (or your mother) identify a friendly establishment, walk-in confidently, ask the proper questions and buy an excellent cigar.
Choosing the Best Store
Cigars are typically sold in the following locations: liquor stores, golf pro shops, bargain tobacco outlets, vape dungeons, and (obviously) cigar shops. Whenever feasible, try to find a store specializing in selling quality cigars.
If you search “cigar store,” Yelp and Google Maps are fantastic tools, and we recommend looking for reviews that stress a vast selection and consistent humidification. You should also visit Cigar Aficionado’s Where to Smoke page. While the site is primarily geared to assisting you in finding cigar-friendly smoking areas, the 2,600+ local listings are sure to include a few exceptional cigar businesses.
Find your best bet, check the hours, then make your way there.
Entering and Obtaining Assistance
Quality cigar shops frequently provide 100s of various cigar kinds, as well as an extensive range of accessories such as cutters, lighters, humidors, pipes, and more. It is not very comforting.
Any reputable tobacco store will keep all of their cigars in a humidor. (Is there no humidor in sight?) Turn around and walk away.) Humidors are the best method to ensure you’re purchasing fresh cigars. Humidors are classified into two types: cabinet and walk-in. In any scenario, ask the attendant before opening the cabinet or entering the humidor. Once you’ve gained entrance, make sure to seal the doors as soon as possible to preserve the proper humidity level.
Selecting the Best Cigar
Take notice of how the cigars appear within the humidor. Take a good look and keep an eye out for specific tell-tale indicators of insufficient humidification. Cigars with cracks and flaws are a sign that the humidor is overly dry, and white flecks across the cigar’s surface are frequently molded. Don’t buy anything if you see one of these signs.
We could write a book about how to select the best cigar. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll presume you have some assistance from the cigar store attendant. To ask the proper questions, you need to have a broad understanding of three things:
Choosing the correct intensity level is arguably the most significant aspect when selecting a cigar. Even though you should never inhale a cigar, some might be too strong for novices. Most tobacconists divide cigars into three categories: mild (or mellow), medium, and full-bodied. Because cigars are seldom labeled according to this structure, we recommend enlisting the help of a professional to help you choose the best one. Consider how often you (or your present recipient) smoke and use it as a barometer.
Consider the real smoking experience to help you choose the right cigar size. Consider a smaller cigar as an accompaniment to an occasion (such as a wedding or a backyard BBQ). If you’re lighting up to commemorate a special occasion or to light up over a friendly chat, choose a longer cigar that will linger.
Lastly, it is worthwhile to consider the occasion. Consider selecting a cigar with a price and reputation that corresponds to the recipient’s experience. Although price isn’t necessarily a sign of quality, no one has ever regretted purchasing a Padron 1926 Anniversary or an Arturo Fuente Opus X.
Use those factors to assist you in making a decision, and be sure to choose a cigar that is free of cracks and flaws.
Checking Things Out
Take the cigar(s) to the checkout counter, but don’t leave until you’re done. Make sure you’re covered with these last suggestions:
- Always purchase two whenever feasible. Cigars are best appreciated when shared, so whether you’re buying for yourself or as a present, bringing (or giving), an extra is always a bright idea.
- Premium cigars need a cut and, of course, a light. If you don’t already have one, get yourself a cigar cutter and some matches.
- Premium cigars, as previously said, must be maintained within a specified humidity and temperature range; otherwise, they may dry up after a few days. However, it’s a standard procedure to make sure your cigars arrive with a (free) zipper plastic bag that will keep them fresh for 4-5 days. If you need to extend the shelf life without a humidor, we recommend picking up a Boveda pack insert, which is usually available at the checkout counter for a buck.
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