Buying cigars can be an intimidating experience, especially if you’re new to cigars. Fortunately, we’re here to guide you through the process.
Before you step foot into a smoke shop or visit an online store, think about what type of cigar experience you’re looking for.
- How much time do you have to smoke?
- Are you buying cigars for a special occasion?
- What kind of flavor and body are you looking for - something mellow or a full cigar with spice?
Next, do your research. Read reviews, watch review videos and see what’s out there so you can have a few brands in mind.
Once you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, you have two options. Find your nearest retailer or find an online store. While the online store allows you to avoid the daunting task of trying to talk cigars with a licensed tobacconist, you’re unable to ask the questions or feel and smell what you’re buying.
That’s why we recommend first going to your local smoke shop. Rest assured, the tobacconist won’t bite and 99% of the people you encounter in stores are more than happy to offer advice.
Cigar smoking is a hobby that is magnetic, so any time someone new wants to join, tobacconists and cigar smokers will go out of their way to guide you.
When you step into your local cigar shop, simply tell the clerk what you’re looking for (i.e. something mellow, cigars for a wedding, etc.). From there, the clerk will likely ask you a few more questions to get you the cigar(s) you’re looking for. He/she will then offer up a few options.
"Don’t be shy, ask questions, as the clerk has likely smoked everything in the store. "
It’s also important to note that there are great cigars at every price level, so don’t feel like you need to spend a lot at first. For an untrained palate, you’d likely be wasting your money on a $20 cigar. However, there are many cigars that can offer just as much flavor for $6-$8.
Once you decide on the cigar(s) you want, lightly squeeze the cigar to make sure it has been well humidified. It should give a little, but not too much, and should definitely not feel like a rock.
We recommend you try a few cigars out at first to see which ones you enjoy most.
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