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January 21, 2013

Tips for Selecting a New Cigar to Add to Your Collection

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Here are some great tips to keep in mind when selecting a cigar to add to your collection!

There are so many well known brands in the cigar world that carry great sticks.  When selecting a cigar to try or add to your collection, it may seem overwhelming due to how many there are, unless you are like the cigar connoisseurs out there who are determined to try them all.  Selecting a cigar is easier than you think.

The first step to selecting a cigar is deciding what strength you want your cigar to have.  A bit of advice, it is never a good idea to select a cigar just due to the fact that it is strong; there are many other things that go into selecting a cigar.  Here is a tip, when looking at the appearance of a cigar you haven’t smoked before, you can actually tell if it is going to be a full body smoke or a more mild smoke based on the thickness of the wrapper.  The thicker the wrapper, the more full bodied it will likely be.

Assuming that as a cigar smoker you have experienced enough to know what level of body you prefer, the next step in selecting a cigarto try is to determine the size that you want.  When choosing the size of your cigar that you want to smoke, it is important to think about how long you want to be smoking.  Bigger gauge sticks deliver lots of smoke as well as flavor, and the medium gauge sticks are a more even balance of both.

Selecting a cigar? Try the Oliva Cain Habano

Selecting a cigar? Try the Oliva Cain Habano

A great new stick to add to your collection is the Oliva Cain line of cigars.  The Cain cigars were released by Oliva in 2009 under the Nub fame.  What makes these cigars so unique is that they are made from 100% Ligero tobacco, yes the wrapper, the binder and the filler are all Ligero!  When first hearing this, some cigar smokers might be put off from this cigar because the fact that it is 100% Ligero typically means that it will be very strong.   The blend of Ligero tobacco in the Cain Habano comes from Condega, Estili and the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua.

Visually this cigar is dark brown in color with not many large veins. This full flavored cigar gives off a coffee flavor similar to that of a French roast. After lighting cigar, there are noticeable flavors of dark chocolate and a hint of a spicy peppery flavor as you continue smoking it. This cigar is one of Oliva’s best bold smokes without being too harsh. It has a nice smooth essence to it and would be a great new unique addition to any humidor.

The Cain Daytona is another unique cigar from the Oliva Cain line. This stick has a medium, light brown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with a few visible veins.  The Ligero filler offers a medium taste with a creamy smoothness. With the first few puffs there are notes of spice, earthy flavors and a hint of sweetness. This medium to full flavor stick is a great addition to any humidor looking for a bold, smooth new cigar.

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  1. Choosing a new cigar can be very tricky I agree it took me awhile to finally move on from my classic cuban cigars but I found some really good ones that my friend introduced me to.

    Comment by Nicholai — January 23, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
  2. Would definitely love to try some of these! One way to make your cigars special is to customize them! I tried doing that and oh man, even better smokes!

    Comment by Ross — January 31, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

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