IS A MAN ANY LESS "MANLY" BECAUSE HE'S NOT A BEER DRINKER? Speaking for myself, I never fully acquired a palate for the bitter, malty taste of beer. Maybe because I was always a soda drinker I got spoiled by the sugary taste of Pepsi, 7-Up, and the like, which today I no longer drink. Of course, as I matured, I came to appreciate a few beers, but mostly the lighter, sweeter fare.
This article focuses on public shops and lounges. Members-Only lounges hold to different rules, and typically police themselves.
Let’s talk about developing your palate. When I first started smoking cigars I couldn’t tell what flavors I tasted, and like most beginner smokers relied purely on my visceral reaction to the cigar. I couldn’t tell you why I liked or disliked a cigar, but I could tell you adamantly what I liked and disliked. For the causal smoker this is probably as deep as they care to foray into the world of cigars, but I was intrigued and wanted to gain a better understanding of what it was that made me enjoy one cigar over the other.
This is probably the most asked question on cigar forums, especially from people just starting out in the hobby, or just finally starting to amass enough cigars to call a collection. "Should I leave the cellophane that my cigars come in on, or take it off?"
Every year, cigar smokers and their loved ones struggle to find the perfect gift. Most times, loved ones of a cigar smoker don't know enough about cigars to feel confident in getting them a gift, this is why we present to you the Blind Man's Puff Holiday 2016 Cigar Gift Guide. We have hand-selected gifts in all price ranges for you or your loved one of the hottest new and classic cigars and accessories this year.
Let’s talk about dry boxing cigars. Summer is upon us and we will soon see higher temperatures and for some of us this can mean the dreaded battles with higher humidity. So why dry box your cigars? There are a number of reasons why you would want to dry box a cigar prior to smoking
The culture of wine and the culture of smoking cigars are not as dissimilar as you might have originally thought. Both rely on the individuals taste, olfactory responses and both have a certain amount of technique and history that go into enhance the overall experience of the wine or cigar. For cigars, the process of smoking a nice stogie is not that tricky. You take your cigar, find a lighter, draw in enough air to get a fair amount of smoke and then exhale. But aside from these three basic steps, there are several more that can create an even more enjoyable experience.
When it comes to pairing a cigar with something to drink, you have many options. Really, it's like everything else in cigars: do what you like. There is no steadfast rule to follow, or "expert" you need to listen to, but there are some guidelines or suggestions to help you discover what you like to pair with. In the end, if you like it, enjoy it, don't let anyone tell you how to enjoy your cigar.