A cigar you may like may not be enjoyable to others. You don’t need to convince anyone that you are right using fancy words! It’ll show respect for other’s opinions. A bad cigar is the one that makes you and others sick because of green or badly processed tobacco. Be Humble! The blind smoking test is one of the best traps that human brain has invented! It is a very good way to learn humbleness! Testing Procedure As soon as one speaks of taste, it involves subjectivity. The name, the brand, the ring, the color, the appearance of the cigar are going to affect your appreciation.
Even the meal you just ate before smoking! Do you drink coffee or Cognac while smoking? Be cautious and critical about published tests and ratings, as long as the procedure is not clearly disclosed! Formal or Casual? There are two ways to organize smoking tests. They receive a list of criteria to analyze and a form to quote their evaluation.
You can make a statistical calculation and say what characteristic is significantly present in the cigar. The other way (“casual”) is to have people in different places, smoking by themselves in their usual environment.
It’s an inevitability of life: age happens. We all come into this world fresh and new, only to leave old, used, and sporting a ceramic hip. With all the uncertainties of life, one thing is for sure: we are all growing old.
Cigars, like people, are also subject to this aging. Though they don’t enjoy the benefits of older humans – the discount movie tickets, the Social Security, the absence of bowel movements – cigars, just like us, are always growing up.
Why it Matters
This aging of cigars is a very important factor in the cigar’s overall flavor and body. Whether you smoke a younger cigar or one with some wrinkles, both experiences will be different. More often than not the cigars with some years on them will be exceptional smokes. However, cigars do reach their peak and tend to go bad afterward. Thus, smoking a cigar that once dangled from the lips of Ulysses S. Grant, no matter how cool it is to come into contact with famous saliva, may not taste as good as you might predict.
How to Know
In a perfect world, the way to discover the age of a cigar would be to simply ask for an ID, waiting patiently as the cigar digs around in its purse or wallet. In reality, however, the signs of an older cigar are slight shrinkage (perhaps it was “in the pool”), the ability to move the cigar rings up and down the length of the cigar without much friction, and the presence of a light whitish gray powder (known as plume).
Cigars: The Early Years
Generally, experts agree that most cigars embody a better taste after their first birthday.
Between two years and five years is where most other cigars peak – they become the high school quarterback, the prom queen, the senior class president. The stronger bodied cigars – the Havana Bolivars, for instance – are thought to generally age better over a greater duration of time, and peak during these “toddler” years.
Between 7 and 10 years, most cigars get set in their ways, watching the evening news while eating TV dinners. In a nutshell, they mellow out.
But, like so many things, age is not always a factor completely determining. Some cigars may be well past their prime and still offer a fully unique and enjoyable flavor. The age of a cigar is just a guideline; ageism aside, it really comes down to individual opinions and tastes.