Beginners Guide to Cigars..
Cigars for beginners
Here's a brief summary of some of the cigars we recommend for new smokers as well as smokers unfamiliar with the many brands, various sizes, shapes and regional characteristics of Cuban cigars.
Some General Points
Many people ask for milder to medium-body cigars. While very few cigars can be described as "mild", there are huge differences in body and strength among the many brands, ranging from lighter-coloured medium-bodied cigars to the high-end powerhouses which many big-name brands are famous for.
Keep in mind that it's usually difficult to determine exactly what a particular individual may be looking for in a cigar because of the huge variety of distinctive flavours and characteristics available. Tastes may vary and be influenced by many factors. Like wine tasting, usually one "acquire's" a basic pallette - the ability to distinguish and identify basic flavours - and with experience, is able to expand and vastly improve this ability, and hence the enjoyment of the cigar experience.
Generally, larger cigars have more elaborate blends and therefore have greater potential for flavour complexity, depth and aging. Often the larger the cigar is, the milder it is, but this is not always the case. A good starting point for beginners is often the medium sizes rather than the smaller ones, as smaller ones are often actually stronger and more intense, with less depth and flavour.
8 Best Cigars for Beginners
1. Arturo Fuente Curly Head
An excellent value in a Dominican hand-made cigar for about $2.60 per stick. These cigars are a bit rustic, and do not even have bands. They are mild in flavor and have a consistent draw.
2. Oliva Serie G Churchill Maduro
Brand has just been released, and it's reported to be the ultimate Cuban cigar for beginning smokers, or anyone who appreciates a very mild and light bodied cigar. Oliva’s originate from the Vuelta Arriba region and are very competitively priced.
3. Montecristo No. 4 Double Corona Connecticut
The most popular cigar in the world, and is the standard by which other Cuban cigars are judged. They have a unique characteristic spicy flavour, and taste "like a Cuban cigar should". They cost just under $11 US each.
4. Jose Girbes Churchill Natural
Another mild-to-medium and extremely popular brand. Originally made only for domestic consumption in Cuba. They are machine-bunched and hand-finished, and are very competitively priced.
5. Baccarat Luchadores
Baccarat cigars are very mild Honduran cigars, measuring 6 x 43. You will notice a sweet taste when starting to smoke this cigar, and the draw is really smooth.
6. Excalibur No. 5
This cigar is made by Hoyo de Monterrey in the Honduras. The cost per cigar is about $5.75, making it the second most expensive cigar in this list.
7. Punch Grand Cru Robusto
A mild-to-medium smoke measuring 5 ¼ x 50, with a price tag of about $5.00 apiece. These are Honduran cigars that contain a nice blend of tobaccos, and are very well constructed.
8. Baccarat Luchadores
Size = 6 x 43, made in Honduras, price is about $66 per box of 25. Very mild and sweet tasting, great choice for beginners and connoisseurs, alike.