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Where To Buy Cigars
If you have been enjoying hand rolled cigars for a while, you probably have your “go to” place to get your stogies. But for the new people to this hobby, they might find it hard to figure out who they can trust, who has the best deals and even, what to get. Here we will go over a couple trusted ways where you can buy cigars.
When deciding where you want to pick your smokes up at, there are a couple things you need to think about. I’m sure in once you have been in this hobby for a while, you will have a list of places you like depending on what you want.
The first place we will go over is small tobacco stores. Some of these places are good but many are known to over humidify. They don’t do this on purpose but most of the time their expertise is cigarettes, not cigars. You will usually find a small selection that are overpriced. It is worth checking out your local tobacco shop in case you have no other choice one day. Who knows, the owner just might be a BOTL and have a nice set up.
The next type of place is a local cigar shop/club. Many times, you will find a nice walk in humidor with a lot of cigar toys around. Most of these places has a relaxed atmosphere with large chairs, pool tables and some even have drinks that can be purchased. The prices at these types of places usually are higher than usual. The up side that is cigar shops/clubs invite you to stay, hang out and chat with other cigar lovers while you enjoy yours. And you have access to a knowledgeable staff that can help you find new cigars you will like. You are also supporting a local business and the cigar industry in your town. Many, including myself don’t mind paying a little extra for that.
The other most common place to buy cigars is online. This is where it can get a little tricky but can also pay off if you are looking for a good deal. The first thing you need to know is that the company you are dealing with can be trusted. You are buying cigars from a place where you can not pick them up and check them out. You want to make sure when you Buy Premium Cigars online, you want to make sure that you are getting correctly humidified stogies in good shape. For that reason, you want to do some research on cigar forums. If you find a place you are thinking about buying from, do a quick Google search on that company and you should be able to find if they are a good outfit.
Like said above, your choice will depend on the day. If you are out and have some time to spend, I would suggest finding a local cigar shop to relax and meet other BOTL’s. If you are looking for a deal or to stock up your humidor, I would suggest buying them online. Either way you go, soon you will have your own list of “go to” places and be on your way to being forced to purchase a bigger humidor.
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Flavor infused cigars are a great way to add some variety to your smoking. From bourbon and vanilla to chocolate and cherry, there are a wide array of flavors to chose from. While store bought infused cigars can be great, many of them tend to be low quality cigars with an added flavoring to mask the machine processed, low quality tobacco it is made from. The world of flavor infused cigars deserves a more respectible shot with higher quality cigars in order to truly judge and appreciate this kind of smoke. Below is a simple and easy guide to help you create your own high quality flavored cigars.
Step 1: Pick What Flavor You Want
Choosing what flavor you want to infuse into a cigar is the first, and most important step in flavoring a cigar. This will determine the type of cigar you will use. You will need a flavor that can either be found in liquid form, or be made into a liquid form. Some great examples are liquors such as whiskey and rum, vanilla, cherry, and wine. A surprisingly delicious option is barbecue flavored cigars for smoking with a nice brisket.
Step 2: Pick Your Cigar
Just like pairing wine with food, there is a right cigar for every flavor. This take some experimentation to really meld the nuances of a cigar with a specific flavor. As a general rule, smooth and buttery cigars go great with most kinds of fruit flavors for a nice beach cigar. Deeper and rich cigars go great with rum and whiskey flavored cigars. You want to make sure to have a cigar that is nice and tight, while is still fresh.
Step 3: Prepare The Flavor Pad
Some people use paper towel squares for this, but I prefer using ultra-absorbant cotton pads because they can soak up more flavorant. You can commonly find these at the local pharmacy near the bandaid section. Cut the cotton pads into small, 1.5 inch squares, one for each cigar you will be flavoring. Soak each square into the flavorant you are using. For a more unique smoke, start mixing flavors once you get the hang of things. Mixing a great cigar with a few of someone’s favorite flavors can be a personal and perfect gift for a cigar lover.
Step 4: Store Your Cigar
The final step is to store your cigar along side the flavoring pad. Add your cigar to a medium sized freezer bag along with the cotton pad. Take special note to not let the cigar and the flavor pad come into direct contact- the flavors should be absorbed into the cigar. The easiest way to insure they don’t touch is to simply separate the two with some bunched up tissues. Once this is done, mark the bag indicating what cigar and flavors were used, so you can go back and hone your cigar infusing recipes. From here, simply store in a cigar humidor for a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how strong the flavor pad is.
There you have it, a simple but effective way to flavor your own cigars. The fun comes in when you start experimenting with new combinations and tastes. What about you? What flavors will you infuse with your cigar?
Bio: Andy Nelson is a Content Writer for GreatGiftsForMen an online retailer specializing in men’s gifts from bar supplies to cigar accessories. In his spare time, Andy enjoys sipping fine Islay scotch and smoking handmade cigars.
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