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Cigar 101

1. Cigar Anatomy
• Wrapper: The outermost leaf of the cigar, influencing much of the flavor.
• Binder: Holds the filler tobacco together, providing structure.
• Filler: The inner blend of tobacco leaves, making up most of the cigar.

2. Types of Cigars
• Parejos: Straight-sided cigars, typically with an open foot and a rounded head.
o Examples: Corona, Robusto, Churchill.
• Figurados: Irregularly shaped cigars.
o Examples: Torpedo, Pyramid, Belicoso.

3. Cigar Sizes
• Length: Measured in inches.
• Ring Gauge: Diameter of the cigar, measured in 64ths of an inch.
o Common sizes: Corona (5.5 x 42), Robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (7 x 47).

4. Cigar Strength

• Mild: Light and smooth, suitable for beginners.
• Medium: Balanced with a bit more complexity.
• Full: Strong and robust, often preferred by experienced smokers.

5. Cigar Storage

• Humidor: A special box or room for storing cigars at the proper humidity (65-72%).
• Temperature: Ideally around 70°F (21°C).

6. Cutting a Cigar

• Types of Cuts:
o Straight Cut: Simple and effective.
o V-Cut: Creates a V-shaped notch, providing a concentrated draw.
o Punch Cut: Removes a small circle from the cap, maintaining the cigar's structure.

7. Lighting a Cigar

• Lighter Types:
o Torch Lighter: Provides a strong, concentrated flame.
o Matches: Preferably long wooden matches.
• Method: Toast the foot, then draw while lighting evenly.

8. Smoking a Cigar

• Draw: Take slow, steady puffs without inhaling.
• Ash: Let it fall naturally; a long ash indicates good construction.
• Pace: Smoke slowly to avoid overheating and bitterness.

9. Cigar Etiquette

• Sharing: Offer cigars to friends, especially if it's a special occasion.
• Ashtray: Use one to avoid making a mess.
• Respect: Don’t stub out a cigar like a cigarette; let it die out gracefully.

10. Cigar Pairings

• Beverages: Common pairings include whiskey, rum, coffee, and wine.
• Food: Complementary flavors like dark chocolate, nuts, and aged cheese.

11. Cigar Brands

• Popular Brands: Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Padron, Arturo Fuente.

12. Buying Cigars

• Reputable Retailers: Ensure quality and proper storage.
• Sampler Packs: Good for beginners to try different types.

13. Cigar Events

• Cigar Lounges: Social places to enjoy cigars with others.
• Cigar Festivals: Events dedicated to cigar enthusiasts with various vendors and tastings.