Happy Monday, folks!
Hopefully everyone had an amazing Mother’s Day and is getting ready to dive into another fun-filled week with a few cigars at the ready.
One of the things that we’ve been asking recent interviewees (for another Opinion Post) is what sort of advice they would give to new cigar enthusiasts.
If you were starting cigars all over again, what would you want to know?
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If I were to write an entire post on things I wish I knew from the beginning, I’d probably go over some of the essentials such as:
- Slow and steady is how we get the most out of a cigar
- Samplers are the best way to maximize your education and budget into new brands or sizes
- Cut as little as possible off the cap; less is more
- Always withhold judgement of a cigar/wrapper/brand until you’ve tried it
But, if I could only give one piece of advice, I think I’d go a different way. I’d encourage everyone that’s new to cigars to take a deep dive into the hobby itself and emerge with newfound appreciation and satisfaction.
Read our Interview with Klaas Kelner
For the better part of a decade, I smoked whichever cigar was on special and refused to open the double doors to cigar knowledge. As we’ve discussed before, I didn’t see the value in different cigars and mostly wanted a brand that I could trust at a price point that I had been conditioned to assume was fair.
The act of smoking a cigar itself was my relaxation, and my ignorance kept me blind to one of my (now) favorite aspects of our hobby… Flavor! By expecting most cigars to taste similar to each other, I guaranteed that result for myself with poor storage, a lack of variety in my purchasing decisions, and a general unwillingness to learn.
I find that the more I know about cigars – the process, the people, the hobby – the more that I enjoy a cigar at every level. I can’t imagine being in the dark ever again, and I love jumpstarting a thirst for cigar knowledge in someone sooner rather than later.
Tell Us! Which advice would YOU give to someone just getting into the hobby?
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