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How to Choose a Cigar: Cigar Selection Guide


Updated April 4, 2023

There are so many cigars available, it can understandably be difficult to know where to start, and how to choose a great cigar versus an average cigar. When you’re picking out your premium cigars, you want to make sure you get value for your money. Follow our guidelines below and you will be cigar shopping like a pro in no time!

Start With the Shape

First, when shopping for a great cigar, you will want to find a cigar shape that you will be comfortable smoking. Cigars are available in many different configurations, which you can learn more about in our article Cigar Sizes and Shapes. If you are not sure what shape you enjoy, we would recommend starting with a Robusto cigar, one of the most popular configurations available.

The Importance of the Wrapper

After you’ve selected your preferred shape, it’s time to examine the wrapper. Cigar wrappers should be flawlessly applied without gaps, tears, or veins. The wrappers should also be uniform in color. Avoid any wrappers that are mottled or spotted. 

Using Your Senses

Now that you have narrowed the selection down a bit, it’s time to use your senses, specifically your senses of sight, touch, and smell. Look for cigars with a sheen. This indicates that they have been cared for properly. Feel the cigar and make sure it is well-filled with tobacco. If it feels consistently firm without any weak spots, you are good to go. Lastly, smell the cigar. If the smell is appealing, then the flavor most likely will be too, and flavor is especially important in enjoying a cigar. 

Now you are ready to start trying some great cigars! Hopefully, you will find some new favorites using these tips. Feel free to check out our Expert Picks to get you started or shop our House Favorites containing a larger selection of our team’s top selections!

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