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Wednesday, 01 May 2013

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Take your time

If you are trying to pick out a cigar’s different tastes, how will you be able to do so if you don’t take your time?  It’s like eating.  If you scarf down an entire meal, will you notice all of its nuances?  Of course not.  A decent rule of thumb you can follow when smoking is to keep one minute in between draws.  There are a couple reasons behind this.  First, as just mentioned, if you smoke too fast, you will miss out on flavors since you are constantly bombarding your senses.  Second, when you smoke a cigar too quickly, it can get hot and develop a bitter taste that kills the smoking experience.

Try blowing smoke through your nose

Blowing smoke through your nose is not recommended every single time, as the smoke is likely to overpower your nasal cavity and could even make your eyes water.  This, in turn, could decrease your ability to detect different flavors when smoking.  Instead, try blowing smoke through your nose just a couple of times during each third of the cigar.  Some smokers prefer to do it more often, so you’ll have to find your comfort zone. 

Write it all down and compare with others

As you smoke each cigar, divide it into thirds and write down the flavors you detect in each third.  You can then use your notes to compare with other cigars later on.  You can even see if your notes match up with any online reviews written on the same cigar.  Puff.com has a ton of reviews posted by members and staff that you can use for reference. By taking the time to write things down, you’ll probably find that you concentrate better.

Develop your palate through eating

Smoking a cigar isn’t the only way in which you can refine your palate to pick up tastes, as you can obviously do it through eating as well.  Don’t be afraid to try new things.  Opening yourself up to new drinks and foods can broaden your palate to not only make eating more enjoyable, but smoking too.  As you eat or drink, try to concentrate on the various flavors that are present.






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