By Rachna AgarwalSubmitted On February 14, 2006
Are you a cigar lover or have you decided to try smoking a cigar? Certainly, a cigar is the status symbol for some as a wonderful pleasure that showcases their wealth and class. Coming in different shapes from a medium body or a smooth and creamy medium bodied taste, they come in different varieties and taste to cater the taste of different people who love the pleasure of cigar. For a beginner, who is just trying out a cigar for fun, the selection of a right cigar would be a difficult task. Here are some of the tips, which can help you to pick a right cigar:
Firstly, try to know the health risks caused by cigar smoking as cigars smoking can be bad for you. Usually, they have nicotine that can harm our body greatly as we get addictive to it. There are also some serious consequences of cigar smoking. Cancer can be a great risk caused by cigar smoking. In fact, the National Institutes of Health has said in its report that “people smoking as few as one to two cigars per day have much higher risk of oral, lung, and esophageal cancer, and cancer of the larynx, as compared to non-smokers.” Above all, cigar smoke is much heavier and smellier than cigarette smoke, which some find offensive.
Secondly, after convincing yourself from health point of view, choose the correct type of cigar. It simply means which one you would prefer a man-made cigars and machine made cigars. Normally, hand made are superior to machine made as they are prepared from leaves picked, sorted and bundled by an individual cigar maker. While, a machine made cigar carry smaller pieces of tobacco leaves, called short filler that draws and burns inferiorly than a hand made cigar. So, its up to you, which one would you prefer.
A good cigar is also measured on its length and ring gauge. Normally, the length of cigars ranges from 4 inches to 8 inches, while the most common cigar length being 5 to 6 inches then comes the diameter of the cigar, which is calculated in 64th of an inch. 52 is the largest diameter in the ring; therefore it would be 52/64ths of an inch in diameter. Generally the larger the ring gauge the fuller flavored the cigar will be.
The color of the cigar is also important while picking a good cigar. Referred as claro and oscuro, cigars differ in their taste and quality. Generally, Claro is the light brown cigar and oscuro is almost black. The darker the cigar the more full bodied and sweeter it will be. The darker cigar is considered a mature than a light brown cigar. A lighter colored cigar will be lighter in flavor. But, for a beginning cigar smoker, a smaller and milder gauge cigar is recommended mostly after that they can move up to a bigger size.
Author is a cigar industry expert.
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