So, what is the best cigar for a beginner? We’re glad that you asked. Take a look at the best cigars for beginners today!
It’s Saturday night and you’ve invited friends over for Poker night. A perfect excuse to bring out the cigars but, as a beginner, you’re unsure: what is the best cigar?
So your friends don’t end up choking, we’ve compiled a list of the best cigars for beginners.
First, Things to Consider When Buying
When browsing the best cigars for 2020, keep these in mind:
Choose Handmade and High-Quality Cigars
Don’t make the mistake of choosing a machine-made cigar as they’re often chemically treated, you won’t get the same experience.
Instead, remember the best cigars are a premium handmade blend from a reputable manufacturer. If you’re shopping online, message the professional tobacconist and they will guide you to the top tier cigars.
Choose Corona or Robusto Vitolas
Cigars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, or vitolas. The large ones take hours to finish (think Scarface) whereas small ones last less than 20 minutes.
For your first, choose a cigar that’s relatively short. A large one could exhaust you and make you feel unwell. And avoid too short cigars as they don’t always reach the potential of the blend, giving you an underwhelming experience. Choose a Robusto-sized cigar as they have a wide gauge to give you a cool smoke while being long enough to develop complexity.
The Best Cigars for Beginners
You have the best cigar lighter ready, now for the best cigar:
1. La Historia
E.P. Carrillo makes a beautiful tribute with their La Historia vitola. The founder, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo uses this collection of cigars to pay tribute to his family, the women (his mother, wife, and daughter) and men (father and son).
You can see this by the elegant and intricate designs. As you take your first draw, you’re enveloped in a sweet mocha-flavor alongside black cherry notes. From the first to the final third of the cigar, you get pepper notes but they never overwhelm, so for the duration, the mocha is still at the forefront. La Historia is a well-constructed cigar, evident in its low-maintenance burn which is perfect for newbies. Also because the flavors are never too heavy on the palate, you’re guaranteed a tasty, balanced smoke.
2. Interlude Maduro
This is a great cigar for beginners because of their smaller size. These cigars come in two styles, one is an Ecuadorian wrapped cigar with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. The Maduro line is wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas leaf with Ecuadorian binders, and both are quick smokes so you’re not overwhelmed.
3. Encore Majestic
It’d be foolish not to put 2018’s #1 Cigar of the year on the list.
E.P. Carrillo’s handmade blend gifts you with a sweet, nutty flavor with a hint of spice. It’s not overbearing, perfect for beginners, and you’ll be won over by the first puffs. The flavor of woods, almonds blend with a touch of maple, cinnamon, and black pepper.
As the cigar develops, these sweet notes are replaced with spices, until you’re overcome with hints of plum and hickory, a creamy smokiness. Pair this cigar with a cup of black coffee and it’s smoothness complements perfectly, a great option for beginners.
4. Selección Oscuro Piramides Royal
E.P. Carillo’s blend isn’t aggressive despite the cigar’s dark exterior. Perez-Carrillo has produced a creative blend of Mexican wrapper, Ecuadoran binder, and Nicaraguan to produce a unique flavor.
Each puff has the perfect balance between the dried-fruit notes the hint of chocolate-covered raisin sweetness, making it a tasty smoke.
5. CAPA De Sol
Capa de Sol comes in four sizes, ranging in ring gauge from 52 to 54. The blend combines dark Ecuadorian leaf with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The body is medium-full and has first-rate construction much like the rest of E.P Carrillo’s cigars.
In every puff, you’ll enjoy a mix of red pepper, chalky earth, sweet cocoa, and a hint of black pepper.
6. Carrillo Dusk
E.P. Carrillo’s Dusk collection comes in four sizes: Robusto (5 inches by 50), the Stout Toro (6 inches by 52), the Obscure (7 inches by 54), and the Solidos (6 inches by 60).
Once you light the cigar, you’ll notice primary notes of brewed coffee, cedar, and natural tobacco. There are also subtle aromas of clay, cocoa powder, cream, and nuts.
7. Cardinal Impact Natural
The Natural collection lets you enjoy a full-bodied flavor. The smoke is voluminous and creamy with its spicy flavors and notes of raisins, dark chocolate, and a hint of sweet tobacco.
There’s also the Cardinal Impact Sumatra, part of a similar series which has a Nicaraguan filler and binder which produces another sweet-tasting, full-bodied flavor.
And That’s How You Find the Best Cigar!
It’s possible to find the best cigar as there’s a wealth of options on the market. You should start with mild cigars to get a taste of cigars and avoid thick ones as they can be overwhelming.
When you’re ready, graduate to medium-bodied cigars where you’ll enjoy more complex flavors and a variety of notes. Enjoy!
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