Buying Cigars As Gifts.
If you are looking to buy cigars for someone on your gift list then you might also be wondering how to choose a cigar they will like. You do not have to know a lot about cigars to pick a good one. There are a few basics that you should know that will make choosing a cigar or cigars for them a lot easier.
Because cigars have now become part of mainstream life, this has actually made picking out and choosing a good cigar easier for anyone who wants to start smoking cigars or someone looking to buy them as a gift. However, you will not be able to buy a box of top of the line Cuban cigars for a friend or family member, at least not legally. Though you can find many other brands and flavors that any cigar lover would enjoy.
First rule of thumb is that a cigar aficionado would never smoke drug store cigars. These are much cheaper and less expensive, along with a lot easier to purchase. However, they are of very poor quality and have many preservatives in them that no daily cigar smoker would ever try. Drug store cigars usually contain ingredients like saltpeter, paper, glycerin, and many other preservatives and irritants that leave a bad after taste in the smoker’s mouth and are generally even worse for the routine cigar smoker. Any cigar you are purchasing should be made of 100% tobacco and if you are unsure what ingredients are in the cigars you are purchasing, and then just ask. A good and honest salesperson while be able to tell you and have an extensive knowledge of the cigars they are selling.
This leads to point number two. Go to your local cigar shop or tobacco store. A store that specialize in cigars and / or tobacco. They will have the best cigars around and have plenty of information on the taste, strength, and flavor of the cigars you are looking at.
So third when you get to the cigar shop you will be allowed to smell and touch the cigars you are looking at. You can squeeze them gently to make sure they are neither too soft nor too hard. When a cigar has perfect moisture it will give a little when you squeeze it. Also, it should be slightly firm with no excessively hard or soft spots along the entire length of the cigar. If the cigar is lumpy in any way then you know that the cigar has become dried out in some spots or was wrapped poorly. Next look at the wrapper. There should be no dry spots or discoloration along the entire length of the wrapper either. If there is you know that the cigar is dried out and will not burn properly. Ideally the wrapper should be smooth and tight, you should be able to run your fingers along it without any hang-ups. The color of the tobacco should be even also, no light and dark spots. You can do this by looking at the end of the cigar. There will be some color variations; however it should not have huge changes though. Again, the cigar was not properly rolled and could also possibly loose on the inside. When a cigar is rolled improperly it will not burn correctly and may leave an unpleasant odor.
Purchasing cigars for friends or family does not have to be difficult. If you keep these few tips in mind you will be sure to pick a winner.