Happy Monday, folks!
My apologies for my absence recently, 2020 has been one crazy ride so far!
This week, I’m curious to hear your thoughts about some common (and uncommon) misconceptions that permeate the cigar community.
Which common misconceptions do you often hear from the cigar community?
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Myself, I’ll start with the one that had me fooled for years! Until about 2015, I was convinced that a cigar was a cigar. Having smoked mostly robustos and toros the seven or eight years before that, I was very skeptical about different sizes having different flavor profiles. Hell, for a long time I was skeptical about most of the tasting notes I read in cigar descriptions anyway!
Of course, I was also smoking a very different cigar back then: pretty much anything that I could get an absurd package deal on. Flavor wasn’t nearly as important as construction in those days for me, and that also speaks to the type of cigar I was buying. I’m cringing as I write this, but pride is a young man’s game… One must always try to pass forward the experience of time when applicable.
Luckily, I’ve since wizened up and learned about the blender’s intent, the size/volume constraints on tobacco ratios, and the ever-changing target of different crops, primings, and yields. One of my favorite things about this industry is that it's very small and cigar insiders are very willing to part with information when asked.
Tell us! What are common misconceptions that you read or hear about from time to time?
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