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Are You Interested In Becoming A Cigar Aficionado ?

Nov 8, 2007
If you want to buy a special gift for the cigar smoker in your life but don't know where to start, a little research will make you a cigar aficionado in no time. From the best brands to personalized boxes, we'll show you how to pick out great gifts for your loved one.

You don't have to spend a fortune on a Cuban cigar to get a sensational stogie. You won't be able to buy a good product at a drugstore or cigarette stand, so shop at a tobacconist or specialty smoke shop for the highest quality and widest selection of cigars. If you're unsure of where to start, ask the clerk to recommend something.

When evaluating one, check its smoothness by rolling it between your fingers. The wrapper should have a slight shine and the cigar should not be too dry or too firm. Since the tobacco leaves are what gives a stogie its flavor and aroma, be sure that you're getting high quality filler. Aroma is a reliable indicator of a great cigar. If it doesn't have a wonderful, rich scent, it's not a well made stogie.

If you're inexperienced with cigars and don't know what to try first, longer cigars are a good choice because they often have a milder taste. More experienced smokers may prefer the richer flavor of thicker cigars.

Thicker cigars are more robust and give off more smoke because it contains more tobacco or a blend of various leaves. Color also plays an important part in choosing your cigars. The darker the wrapper, the more full-bodied and sweeter a cigar is likely to be.

You can't call yourself a cigar aficionado without first getting all the bells and whistles associated with smoking it. Cigar boxes, a personalized lighter, a humidor and cutters are just some of the accessories that you can purchase.

Besides being attractive, these products also have very important practical uses. Many cigars need to be aged to maximize the flavor potential.

They can be stored in a cigar box, but a humidor prevents your cigars from drying out or becoming infested by insects. The cutters are used to remove or penetrate its cap before smoking it. The type of cut to make is based on personal preference and the size and/or shape of it. The straight cut is the most common and the cutter will have a guillotine blade.

Whether you're already a cigar aficionado or one in the making, knowing where to shop and what to look for is very important. The internet has many web sites dedicated to cigars, so go online and research brands and product reviews.

You may find a brand that is exactly what you're looking for. Like golfing or gardening, cigar smoking can be a relaxing hobby that you can enjoy for years.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great cigars articles for the smoker, where you can find out more about the cigar aficionado. We appreciate your feedback at our tobacco blog.
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