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Tasting A Cigar

The Tobacco Process

Tasting A Cigar

The tasting of cigars is done in the factories. Each factory has its own team of cigar tasters, who make their assessments based on six points of general quality: draw, combustibility, aroma, flavor, strength and appearance. For proper cigar tasting it is essential to have certain conditions: a comfortable room with the right temperature and humidity, with no noise or strong odors; a place where the tasters will be able to relax and make an appropriate judgment.

The tasting starts by properly lighting the cigar, which cannot be done with anything that will add any flavor to the cigar, such as wax matches or candles. The best way to light a cigar is to use cedar splinters, a butane lighter or wood matches, and always let the flame burn for a few seconds before lighting up the cigar.

A cigar has to be lit slowly. The entire circumference should be lit before you start to inhale, to make sure that it will burn evenly. At this point, our senses get in touch with the cigar, as described by the famous tobacconist Zino Davidoff: “It (a cigar) is made for all the senses, for all the pleasures, to the nose, mouth, fingers, eyes ... a slight crack extra pleasure for the ears.”