South Korea is undoubtedly one of the smoker-friendliest countries on earth. With one of the highest smoking rates in the world, the prevalence of attractive smoking advertisements, and cigarettes available nearly everywhere, it’s an easy city to light up in. According to the Ministry of Health, 25% of South Korean adults and 10% of teens are smokers- and an astounding 44% of adult men smoke. [Read more…]
To make a cigar experience worth your while, you must know how to buy the right one.Â Cigar have so many variants to choose from that it is impossible to say if a person with no previous experience with cigar would like his/her first try.Â It would be advisable to ask the recommendation of a local tobacconist who understands the differences in the variants.
Newbie cigar smokers can get easily overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Â It is impossible to make the right choice just by looks since the magic of cigar lies in the flavor. Â Since it is impossible to try each and every brand and variant, it would be wise to have a certain idea of taste preference. Â Most tobacco flavor variants are self-explanatory and are referred to in relation to food items. Â These include spicy, sweet, cinnamon, peppery, butterscotch, vanilla, apple, grape, and orange, among a very long list of cigar flavors. Â There are also other terms used such as cedar, woodsy, copper, and even leather.
For the first buy, newbies are advised to do it the old-fashioned way which is through actual physical inspection. Â Some of the things that can provide a clue to a cigar’s qualityÂ include freshness and color. Â Wrappers should not break when pinched. Â Cigars that are fresh have been properly stored in humidors which ensures maximized enjoyment. Â Inconsistent coloring of cigars in Â a batch may signify lack of freshness since this should not happen among cigars that have beenÂ manufacturedÂ within the same batch.
Determining the best cigar to buy requires real “tasting” . Â Inhalation of smoke is not recommended in trying to establish cigar taste. Â First-time cigar adventurers should try their first in a full stomach to avoid possibleÂ stomachÂ cramps. Â Online cigar stores can provide information to peopleÂ interestedÂ in smoking cigar. Â In buying a cigar, hand-rolled versions are considered superior over machine-made.
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Storing cigars properly is important because it may compromise its taste and quality. Once it is left in the open, it will dry up just like a flower. Mishandled cigars may burn unevenly or faster than usual. They can have a strong bitter taste and even broken wrappers. Molds and insects also pose a problem. Prevent these by keeping cigars below the maximum temperature of 73F (23C) and within 68%-74% humidity. The ideal environment would be 70F (21C) and 70% humidity. Cigars that are not stored in a humidor must be kept in a sealed plastic bag with a damp towel. ?They often last a week or two, depending on the weather. Do not store them in the refrigerator, because they will lose their moisture. Although in some cases, it is acceptable to freeze them to avoid insect infestations.
Preferably cigars should be placed in a humidor, a sealed container which has a humidifying device that maintains its internal humidity and temperature by controlling the amount of air that flows in. They simulate the conditions of the tropics where the tobacco was cultivated, fermented and rolled. There are many types of humidors to choose from. It is best to invest in one with a lock or heavy lid that keeps it sealed. The size will depend on how much cigars you plan to keep and where you will place it. If you have a collection of cigars or are planning to collect then it is wise to purchase a large box. Small humidors and travel sizes are also available. Image from Brandt Kurowski