Annette White smoking a cigarLet me start by saying, I have no idea what the characteristics of a fine cigar are or the proper techniques for smoking a cigar. But, I assumed, the more expensive the better. After staring at the a daunting selection of smokeables in a little Mexican shop, we opted for a box of Cohibas.

I briefly wondered why they didn’t have something like peach flavored? That would make smoking a cigar more enjoyable.

I’m not really sure how much they cost because it was Pesos and I didn’t pay.  I wondered if they even sold fine cigars in Mexico?  I was grateful as I bit off the end my cigar, that we did not have one of those scary cigar cutters (horrible visions of the Mafia chopping fingers off). I inhaled once and had mixed feelings about the taste; good or bad…hmmm? The second puff was deeper, longer and started me on a perpetual coughing display. I wondered why this smoking a cigar goal was on my bucket list at all? That was enough for me, goal completed. Another check off the bucket list.

TIPS ON SELECTING AND SMOKING A FINE CIGAR
1.
Make sure the cigar is fresh, if it has been removed from the humidor for more than 24 hours it will likely be dry. Softly pinch the cigar, it should be tender.
2. Don’t cut the cigar after the band. This can be done with a guillotine cutter or cigar scissors.
3. Light your cigar with wooden matches or a butane light. Other methods may cause the taste of the cigar to be altered.

RESOURCES
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cigars, book
Stainless Steel Guillotine Cigar Cutter
Humidor, proper storage for your cigars

FACTOID
The English term ‘cigar’ has been derived from the Spanish ‘cigarro’, which in turn is adapted from the Mayan word for tobacco, ‘siyar’.