Are you looking for advice on how to identify a quality cigar? Here are tips on what to look for when buying high-quality cigars:

  • Shape is the most important thing to evaluate when looking for a good quality cigar. First, find a shape that you like and will feel comfortable smoking.
  • Then, quite simply, judge a book by its cover — in this case, the wrapper. Make sure that the outermost leaf (the wrapper) is applied flawlessly, without gaps, or tears.
  • Color uniformity is key when it comes to top quality cigars. Look for uniform color. You don’t want a cigar that is mottled or spotted.
  • Avoid cigars that haven’t been kept at appropriate humidity levels — this will mean the cigar feels dry, flakes, or crumbles.
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  • However, if you do have a cigar in your humidor that has dried out, there is a way to rehydrate a cigar.
  • Look for cigars with a luster or sheen which indicates that they are high quality.
  • Good cigars should not have any weak spots. Make sure the cigar is well-filled with tobacco and has a consistently firm feel throughout, without any weak spots.
  • The flavor is also very important. Remove the cigar from its outer wrapping (if in a cigar shop, ask for permission first!), put the cigar up to your nose and take a nice deep inhale. If the smell of the cigar is appealing to you, chances are the taste will be, too.

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    (7 months ago)

    No one at the cigar shop is going to give you permission to remove a cigar from the cellophane. That is utter nonsense.

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    (13 months ago)

    If you don’t smell how do you know it to your liking ? I agree about touching you nose 👃

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    (3 years ago)

    DO NOT remove a cigar from the cellophane wrapper and put it to your nose!!!! If you do this, BUY THE DAMN CIGAR!!! I certainly don't want to come along later and buy one that you've fondled. Good grief!! This was horrible advice.

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      (3 years ago)

      Well said.

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    (4 years ago)

    If you take off the cello, and touch the cigar to your nose to get the aroma, please purchase it. It is now yours. Do NOT put it back. PLEASE!