I consider myself very lucky every time I get the opportunity to introduce someone to the cigar hobby. There’s something magical about sharing that first cigar and imparting some tips and tricks that you’ve learned over the years.
Which brings me to today’s discussion question:
What’s your go-to cigar to share with someone for the first time?
Myself, I usually try and keep it simple with an easy going cigar that still shows them the potential of our hobby. While I don’t necessarily want to get them started with expensive choices, I do want their first time to enjoyable so they come back for another.
A couple weeks ago, someone joined me in the smoke pit that had smoked cigars before but never liked anything. What he described sounded like it tasted like an ash tray to him, and I really can’t blame ‘em for not pursuing cigars further if that was their impression.
I ended up starting him with the OneOff Robusto, something that had just enough punch to break through his coffee while illuminating the classy side of cigars in general.
Afterward, I asked his thoughts. He said it definitely tasted different than what he smoked before, and that he didn’t know cigars could actually have good flavor. I think he’s ready to try the rest of these now!
How ‘bout you? What do you hand out these days to newcomers, and how’s the reception been?
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