So, you have a meeting with the guys or gals, and it is going to be an event. Someone mentioned cigars and booze. You have always wanted to try a cigar I felt uncomfortable because you weren’t sure where to start.
The first thing you must realize is that most cigars out there are not going to be ones that you want to start with. That and an unfamiliarity with how to smoke cigars can lead you to turn what we call “Green.” Proper selection of a cigar means trusting a source and knowing when to stop. I cannot emphasize this enough. You must know your body in order to smoke cigars. If you have had a drink or two, and by drink, I mean something alcoholic, then you certainly understand what it’s like to get the spins and get nauseous. Smoking a cigar is similar to this and that you also have side effects from nicotine. People who smoke cigarettes typically don’t have a stronger reaction cigars as opposed to those who don’t.
As a general rule, I like to recommend Connecticut or claro cigars for those that are just starting out. It is typical that the lighter the cigar the less potency it will have. It is also worth it to note that flavor and potency do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. I have had some spicy sticks that did nothing. Conversely, I have had some with zero flavor that almost put me on my ass. The key is to know the cigar manufacturer and to speak to someone who has knowledge about cigars. this is not going to be something that you want to entrust to your local cigarette Shack.
You need to go to an actual cigar shop. You need to be willing to spend about $15 on a quality cigar and you need to ask them about a cutter and a lighter. Being new is nothing to be ashamed of and anyone who is worthy of your time will assist you in lighting your cigar, cutting your cigar, toasting the foot, and all of the other fun things that come from smoking a cigar. Have no fear we’ll go over that in later guides but for right now you should feel comfort in your local cigar shop and talk to their employees and get a feel for what it is you’re about to embark on.
Enjoy yourself as that’s what we’re all here for anyway.