Many personalities in the tobacco industry claim one thing, that they have given their lives and efforts to find the ideal composition of the perfect cigar. The act of smoking is an act of consumption in which perfection depends on how the experience is enjoyed, very personally. That is why being the Flor de Bayahíbe for me the Perfect or ideal cigar does not imply that it should also be for you. This subjectivity makes this objective a Utopia in the broadest sense of the word; a very romantic utopia that no manufacturer in the industry should abandon, since it motivates us to continue walking day by day towards excellence (we recognize perfection is unattainable).
Features of your perfect smoke:
In my opinion, the experience itself is one of the key characteristics. I don’t care about the price, or the general criticism of a particular cigar if during or after its smoking it makes me feel sick or dizzy. This could be a very personal limitation of myself since I have heard smokers whom I respect a lot in the industry to affirm that their ideal Cigar should make them feel a “Taste” hit in the pit of the stomach or, “hit the head ¨.
Appreciation of flavors, naturally the flavor is (in my opinion) decisive.
Apart from the Aesthetics, Vitola, and Cigar Presentation. In its essence, right in the middle of the burn, it is possible to find very particular shades and flavors of fruit plants, aromatic, woody, aged herbs, dry and oily seeds, and even of animal origin such as tanned skin. This is one of the insights that require further education and practice of the smoker. A good recommendation for beginners is to accompany the smoking of inert beverages such as water or very soft green tea without sugar, this will allow them to “wash” their palates between cup and cup while paying attention to the interpretation of their flavors.
An ideal level of suction and its balance in relation to the firmness of the Cigar; This is vital and can make the difference between enjoying a smoke or just having it. This is one of the evaluation fields in which there is probably greater consensus among the generality of smokers. Forced smoking directly affects the throat and other evaluation criteria such as the volume of smoke.
The volume of smoke is more important for certain types of smokers (See entry related to types of smokers here). The Playful, who likes to experiment with smoke puffs and The Analyst, who requires a certain volume to appreciate tones in the flavors at the retro-nasal level are the ones that could perhaps give this criterion a greater weight. Nothing is more characteristic of smoking than smoke, so … unless you care, the level of smoke is as much or more important than any other.
Never judge a book by its cover, but we must admit something, everyone who produces a work of art takes time to represent it with dignity in its final cover. The presentation has its value, which should never be decisive and despite this, it should always be considered. The most expert smokers come to capture differences in the smoking experience based on the presentation band, despite sharing the same materials and percentage shares in its composition. Once you develop certain sensitiveness, you won’t be surprised to prefer within a brand, a favorite vitola, or even a favorite vitola across all of your favorite brands.
Removing the ring from the cigar is not considered good practice if not until the moment in which it is more comfortable to do so (as we discussed in the entry on “Good Smoker Label”).
In Conclusion: What is the perfect cigar?
Put in the simplest way possible, the one that provides you with a pleasant experience in each smoke and gives you reasons to prefer it over other similar smokes or not the one that is your favorite.
It is not a question of “The Perfect Cigar” but rather of “My Perfect Smoke” to be provided by one or perhaps even two different cigars. Finding it can take time, and even such a seat could be occupied by different brands throughout your life as a smoker, as you reach a certain maturity as a smoker.