How to Judge
a good cigar
he three criteria
for appreciating a fine cigar are similar to those applied to fine
wines: flavor, body and aroma.
Flavor. Taste can discern four basic categories: sweet, bitter,
salty, and acid. Biter and sweet are the easiest to detect, the
other a bit more difficult, and they are subjective. Connoisseurs
use terms like fruity, nutty and herbal, spicy, and floral, to refer
to the combination and balance of tastes. They identify such flavor
notes as pepper, wood, nut, cream, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus,
cedar, chocolate, and leather. The classifications mild, medium
and full refer to the degree of flavor.
Body. The body of the smoke refers to the strength of the
tobacco, its overall effect on the smoker. Its degrees are light,
medium, and heavy.
Aroma. The aroma of cigar is one that pleases you.