A Beginner's Guide to Buying Cigars - Cigars International

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Buying a cigar for the first time, whether it be for you or for someone else can be a little overwhelming.

With so many bells and whistles to choose from, one could get overloaded very quickly!

To ensure you don’t get turned off from the wonderful world of cigars before you realize what you are missing, we’ve developed a few simple guidelines to help.

Purchase a few at a time – When starting out, you won’t know what you like…that’s why it’s important to buy a few cigars at a time. Buy different wrapper types, strengths, sizes and so on. This will give you the ability to experiment with a bunch of different cigars to help you hone in on what you do like.

Take a walk on the mild side to start. Full bodied cigars can potentially be overpowering for a rookie. A common practice for beginners is to start more on the mild side and work your way up. This will ensure that you won’t be turned off by the power in the very beginning. However, if you enjoy strong coffee, you’ll probably be able to handle something with a little more kick and can try something that is medium-full. Again, you could always purchase a range of strengths and see what you truly enjoy.

No need to go for broke – In general…with cigars, you get what you pay for. But as a cigar rook, there is no need to mortgage the house to find an enjoyable experience. You can procure a quality cigar for under $10. Truth be told, at your level…you most likely won’t be able to tell the difference until your palate develops anyway.

Finally, when selecting a cigar, find a shape and size that you will feel comfortable enjoying. Look for cigars with a luster or sheen, which indicates they have been well taken care of. Pay close attention to the wrapper….does it have a uniform color? You don’t want a cigar that is marbled or spotted. Avoid cigars that feel dry or flake when touched. Make sure the cigar is filled evenly with tobacco…it should feel consistently firm, without hard or soft spots.

Now that wasn’t so bad…was it? Cigars are a great hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to purchasing cigars like a pro. For more Cigar 101, visit