Cigar Review, tips and news
I was lucky enough to get one of the free CX2 cigars and hat that CAO was giving away awhile back. I let the smoke rest for a week or so, but, finally, I couldn’t stand it and fired it up last Sunday. It was the robusto, a size that I am partial to.
The pre-light sniff told me of good things to come and, after I had it lit, I was nearly overwhelmed by the aromas! I don’t yet have the words to describe the complex and wonderful smell of this cigar! The smoke was rich and plenty of it! It was one of the most flavorful cigars that I have smoked in a long time. The smoke was almost “chewy” and the flavors became much deeper and richer toward the middle and end of the smoke. I was reminded, at one point, of a flavor that I read in a review of some other cigar in CA magazine….this particular quality has taken a lot of abuse on some forums, and as much as I hestitate to use this term, trust me, it fits the smoke from this cigar….here we go… It reminded me of “cookie dough” I swear….call me what you will….that is a perfect description of the smoke near the end. I am going to see if I can get the “dough” to keep a couple of these on hand, but they are a bit pricey. I haven’t done too many reviews, so thanks for bearing with me through this. If you get the chance to try one of these, don’t let it pass…it is a good smoke!
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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