There is so much to learn about popular cigar flavor and type that it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Learning more about cigar tasting terms can help you to find the types of cigars you like best. The next time someone is discussing the body of a cigar you’ll know exactly what they are talking about and will be able to join in on the conversation.
The first term to discuss is that of the flavor. Flavor is easy to confuse with other cigar qualities. However, these terms include bitter, sweet, tangy, tart and so on. Some cigars may also be described as spicy or perhaps even tasting like cinnamon, citrus, nutmeg or chocolate. Other adjectives you might run across might include leather-like, cedary or caramel-like. There are many subtle nuances in cigar smoking. The depth of flavor is also an important consideration, as is the hints of flavor, the undertones and overtones.
When someone refers to the strength of a cigar, they are referring to the amount of nicotine it contains. The higher the nicotine content, the greater the buzz. Green cigars usually have the most nicotine, and most are aged less than a three-month period. The length of stay inside a cigar humidor is also important, and affects the strength likewise. Volume is slightly different; this refers to the amount of smoke released. This can also refer to thick smoke or thin smoke. The finish of the cigar refers to the taste after the initial puff and release. Cigars with a good finish have a pleasant and long-lasting taste.
The body can be a tricky thing to define, as many people get it confused with a strong flavor. A cigar that has a very strong flavor but no volume and low strength would not be considered full-bodied. Usually, the terms for the body are full, medium or mild. To be a truly full-bodied cigar, most people say it has to rank high in all the above categories and have such a strong presence that you couldn’t argue its complexities.
The manufacturing process of cigars includes the cultivation of tobacco, the curing wherein the tobacco leaves must be cured in order to develop their characteristic aroma. This must be done in the right temperature and sometimes such temperate is monitored. The next step is fermentation of the leaves so that they change colour and the aroma and taste of the leaves develop. And the last step is stripping of the leaves before they are rolled.
The level of humidity in which cigars are kept greatly varies their taste and aftertaste. An ideal rate of humidity allows an even burning of the cigar whereas dry cigars become fragile and burn faster, while damp cigars burn unevenly and take on a heavy acidic flavor. Therefore, every cigar connoisseur needs a humidor to properly store, protect and age cigars.
Cigar smoking, like wine, is a please that improves with age. Therefore, it is for you to decided whether you want to develop your own individual taste and move from being a cigar smoking novice to a cigar aficionado. As being a cigar aficionado goes beyond the cigar itself. It is an entire lifestyle!