A Gentleman’s Guide To Cigars
Few things conjure up the image of Hollywood glamor (or look more elegant) than a well-dressed gentleman or lady smoking a cigar. Cigars are distinguished by their brand, color, shape, size, and most important, their taste. Cuba is to cigars what Champagne is to sparkling wine. Cuba used to make the world’s most magnificent cigars, which haven’t been available in the United States for nearly fifty years. Here’s what you need to know.
Brand: The cigar brands I recommend include Arturo Fuente, Ashton, Davidoff, Macanudo, Montecristo, Partagas, and Punch.
Color: Lighter-colored cigars usually taste milder than darker ones, though there are exceptions. A better indication of cigar’s taste and potency is its country of origin. I tend to reserve my cigar smoking for when I visit Europe, at which point I’m irresistibly drawn to Cuban cigars!
Shape: Cigars are either parejos, which are linear and straight-sided, or figurados, which are known for their atypical shapes, such as torpedos and even pyramids.
Storage: A humidor is a special box that keeps cigars at an optimum temperature and humidity. A humidor should maintain a consistently tropical environment between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a humidor, store cigars in a box, but make sure it’s airtight. Place a damp sponge or towel in the box to keep the tobacco moist, but the cigars should be protected from actual contact. When traveling, you can pack them in plain old Ziploc bag.