1. Never Except Any Two Cigars Are The Same
If you are smoking quality cigars – they are handmade and created from a harvested crop. A lot of variation happens with different blends, kinds of tobacco, small variations with how the cigar is made, making it impossible for a premium cigar to be replicated with exact precision. A learned cigar smoker knows these facts and embraces these differences in each stogie.
2. Thinking Cigars Age Like Wine
This is not a thing. Cigars are not a vintage industry. Cigar manufacturers try to produce consistent products year after year. So, do not try to acquire a stogie of a certain age, it is just not done. Besides, the cigar you decide to smoke is best enjoyed sooner rather than later, so do not try to add complexity or culture to your experience by letting a cigar sit around just anywhere – that would be a shame.
3. Do Not Let That Stogie Sag On Your Lip
Some may think clenching a cigar between the teeth and puffing on it that way makes you look like a pro; it actually makes you look like a complete novice. Cigars are meant to be brought up to the mouth, puffed on, and then brought back down to rest – aiding in the slow, even burning process.
4. Did You Just Dip That Cigar In Your Drink?
Cigars are designed to be enjoyed how the creator intended, without additives or alterations. If the cigar manufacturer wanted there to be brandy or wine at the end of the cigar, they would have made it that way, so why ruin the experience by dipping it in alcohol?
5. Need Not Limit Your Possibilities
It is one thing to have a favorite brand. It is another to ONLY smoke one brand of cigar because of loyalty or for whatever reason. Why limit the varieties of all the different kinds of cigars out there? Trying new and different cigars will not taint the taste of your favorite stogie. You might even appreciate it more after trying a few other types.
6. Following The Crowd Is No Fun
What you like in a cigar could be completely different from what everyone around you is smoking. Don’t waste a cigar or your money on just any brand or type. Ask some cigar smokers for recommendations if you aren’t sure what you like.
7. Please, Do Not Inhale. DO. NOT.
Cigars are not just giant cigarettes. The tobacco can be much stronger, and there is a lot more of it. A cigar is primarily intended to be enjoyed for the taste. Take a puff of the cigar and let the smoke sit in your mouth for a couple of seconds. Get the taste for it and then blow it out. Keep puffing and every 30 seconds to a minute, rotate the cigar, best enjoyed with an alcoholic or any beverage of our choosing.