Beginners Guide to Selecting Your First Cigar

Beginners Guide to Selecting Your First Cigar

Here’s one for our friends who are at the very beginning of their Cuban cigars journey – you have one hell of an exciting road ahead of you! We know that when you’re new to the world of Habanos, it can be incredibly overwhelming – particularly when choosing your first Cuban cigar online. There are endless choices when it comes to cigars – and a few things to consider before you select one. When it comes to this, you simply cannot judge a book by its cover – there is much more to a cigar than the way it looks. So, here is our simple guide to selecting your first stick.

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar. egm

The Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar. 

“A MARATHON NOT A RACE”

STRENGTH – This right here is a tip-top for cigar beginners: mild cigars will be your best friend! You need to think of this journey as a marathon, not a race and slowly build the strength of your smoke. A full-bodied cigar could lead you to a bad case of cigar sickness, which is the last thing you want. Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars tend to be a go-to brand for cigar beginners, as their smokes are less intense whilst still providing interesting flavours. A good start would be the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar – it’s a light-bodied smoke, with salty, nutty and woody notes. 

 Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire Cigar. egm

The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire Cigar.

“ENSURE YOUR CHOICE WILL SUIT YOUR NEEDS WELL” 

BURN TIME – Another question you need to ask yourself is: what will you be smoking the cigar for? Are you after a short lunch-time smoke or one that is perfect for relaxing with? You want to ensure your choice will suit your needs well. For example, if you’re short for time – a smoke that lasts around half an hour would be great for you. If so – the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire Cigar would be an ideal choice. Measuring at just 100mm by a 30 ring gauge, it’s the perfect size for a quick smoke. 

 Partagas Chicos Cigar. egm

The Partagas Chicos Cigar.

“YOU DON’T WANT TO JUMP STRAIGHT IN THE DEEP END” 

DON’T BREAK THE BANK – When you’re seeking out your first cigar – you don’t want to jump straight in the deep end when it comes to the price. As you’re essentially going in blind, it’s best to go for the more affordable choices – to avoid wasting your money. The Partagas Chicos Cigar provides a great quality smoke at an affordable price (Pack of 5 for $8.81). Its lighter-bodied smoke, making it fitting for anyone starting in the cigar world. You can find plenty of cheap Cuban cigars on our Cuban cigar shop. 

“IT’S GREAT TO TEST THE WATERS” 

SELECTION – So, our last tip is to purchase a selection of smokes. Whether it be that you purchase single cigars or samplers – it’s great to test the waters. Our EGM cigar samplers have been put together by our cigar experts so that you can try a variety of similar cigars. They’re great for those of you who are getting to know your cigar preferences. 

So, those are our 4 tips for selecting your first cigar. We hope that we’ve given you that extra bit of confidence in starting your cigar journey! If you want to delve deeper into the Cuban cigar world, check out our Cuban cigar blog: