Walk–ins welcomeCigar aficionados are welcome to visit our walk-in humidor filled with hand-rolled cigars from all over the Americas including, H. Upman, Montecristo, Cohiba, Arturo Fuente, Partagas, Macanudo, Padron, Ashton and many more. When choosing a cigar, there are many factors to take into consideration, including the rating, price, taste, wrapper color, country of origin, size, time of day and ring gauges. The best place to start is by squeezing the cigar.
How to choose a cigar
1. Squeeze the cigar gentlyIt should "give" but not be too soft. Squeeze gently up and down the body to look for lumps or soft spots.
2. Ignore number ratingsStick to reviews that describe flavor, strength, and characteristics. This will help you make more informed choices.
3. Go by priceA moderately priced cigar from an established manufacturer is probably the best guide to use in determining price/quality when experimenting with different cigars.
4. Trust your tasteIf the taste you’re experiencing is pleasurable and relaxing, then that is a good cigar. If you’re not yet a cigar aficionado, don’t worry about the complexities of flavor. Experiment with different cigars, perhaps starting with milder, bigger cigars as they have less binder and filler.
5. Look at the wrapper colorThe color of a cigar's wrapper, the capa, is generally the key to its flavor. The darker the wrapper, the more full-bodied and sweeter a cigar is likely to be. The longer a leaf stays on the plant and the more sunlight it receives, the darker it will be. The basic colors of wrappers range from Claro (pale brown) to Oscuro (black).
6. Choose a cigar by agingMost importers of fine handmade cigars take care to age them a little before releasing them to the public (about two years for Havana cigars taken into Britain). However, if storage conditions are less than ideal, they will lose their bouquet and become dry. Even if properly stored, it's probably sensible not to keep cigars for more than 10 years.
7. Go by sizeBeginners should start small. Choose a minuto or carolina, and then move up to the bigger sizes of a mild brand (see The Cigar Directory). Jamaican cigars, such as Macanudo, are mild and so are H. Upmann among Havanas.
8. Look at your watchTake into account the time of day when enjoying a cigar. Smoking a heavy cigar before dinner will spoil your appetite. Usually, a milder, smaller cigar is preferred in the morning or early afternoon. However, if you want to enjoy a big and full-bodied cigar after dinner or late night, select a Churchill, or double corona.
9. Be loyal to your countryTobacco gets its flavor from the soil and climate from which it is grown. So if you really enjoyed that Honduran corona, you may want to experiment with other cigars from that country.