Many of you, for different reasons, are having a love affair with cigars, rendezvousing in sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants for a few joyful moments. Perhaps you like the flavor, perhaps you like the aroma, or perhaps you just like to tell people who smoke skinny cigarettes, “My cigar can beat up your Marlboro.” For whatever reason, the cigar is a luxury many of you choose to use.
However, for some of you, the above statement might not be true. You may, never having gone beyond the pink or blue bubblegum cigars handed out in hospitals after the birth of a child, be a little leery of cigars. They might seem scary, or intimidating, and you might find yourself with a variety of questions: How should I hold a cigar? How should I cut a cigar? How do I know which cigar to choose? Do I need to take some sort of Lamaze class to learn how to puff?
Some say, “Potato,” some say “Po-taught-o,” some say, “Filler,” some say, “Huh?” If you’re not used to having a cigar in your mouth, some of the jargon – the Filler, the Binder, the Wrapper – may have you scratching your head in confusion.
In sum, the Filler is the cigar’s soul, stuffed in the middle; it is essentially what the cigar is filled with. The Binder is made up of thick tobacco leaves and used to bind the Filler together. The Wrapper is the outside leaf of the cigar. Basically the cigar’s wardrobe, the Wrapper is an extremely important outfit for two reasons: it holds everything together and it provides a lot of the cigar’s flavor.
Buying a cigar from a reputable dealer, such as What’s Knot to Love, will guarantee your purchase is premium. Once you’ve chosen a dealer, the art of cigar buying becomes a bit free form: there are very few set rules. It is, however, good to keep in mind that the darker the tobacco, the stronger the flavor.
Make the Cut
There are a million different ways to cut a cigar – use a knife, use cigar scissors, use a V-cutter, or, if your cigar has been found…