Cigar Picking 101: Fool-Proof Tips to Find Cigars You'll LOVE

Cigar Picking 101: Fool-Proof Tips to Find Cigars You'll LOVE

What's better than taking your first puff on a new Cuban cigar and instantly falling in love? We know that picking-out a cigar for the first time is a risky and overwhelming process, which quite frankly has a lot riding on it. Once taking a step into the humidor you are surrounded by an abundance of cigars, which can send your thoughts into overdrive (especially if you are a beginner). You want to be almost sure that you’ll have an enjoyable experience when you purchase a cigar. So, we wanted to give you some fool-proof cigar picking tips, that’ll help you find your favourite smokes.

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Right: The Maduro 5 Secretos Cigars/ Left: The Maduro 5 Magicos Cigar.

MORE THAN WHAT MEETS THE EYE – You want to condense the selection of cigars that you are initially choosing from so you can gather your thoughts more clearly. A good starting point is basing the selection on your favourite type of wrapper. Not only is this the first thing you’ll notice about a cigar, but it’ll also have an impact on your overall smoking experience. Let’s say you’re a fan of Maduro wrappers – you then know that if you enjoyed the Maduro 5 Secretos Cigar by Cohiba, there’s a huge chance you’ll enjoy the Cohiba Maduro 5 Magicos Cigar. Using this practice also gives you a chance to choose from a wide selection, whilst still being concise. 


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A Selection of Cuban cigars from our Cuban cigar shop.

LEARNING FROM OTHERS – Listening to what other people have to say about a particular cigar could tell you a lot. You’ll learn more about the overall experience you'll have with the cigar, as well as the different flavours. It’s particularly helpful to read customer reviews – as that’s the purest form of feedback you’ll find. Although, do not make this the deal-breaker of your decision – remember these are subjective thoughts. Your experience may come completely differently from the next aficionado. We say this a lot – it’s all down to personal preference! 

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The Bolivar Belicosos Finos Cigars.

YOUR NUMBER ONE – If you find a blend from one brand that you love, then try more cigars from the brand – pretty obvious we know! Many brands have their typical taste or even overall smoking experience – sort of like their trademark. When you're smoking their cigars, you know it’s from their brand. Look at Bolivar Cigars: they’re known for the full-bodied smoke that each of their cigars provides. If you’re a fan of strong, spicy flavours – give the Bolivar Belicosos Finos Cigar a try! It’s our best-selling smoke from the brand. 

There you have it aficionados – be sure to use any of these tips next time your browsing through cigars for sale online. They're sure to make your selection process a whole lot quicker. We have a huge range of sticks on our Cuban cigar shop; there’s something for everyone! In the meantime - if you need some more help with picking out the right cigar, check out our Cuban cigar blog: