Cigar types are categorized in a number of ways, such as by method of manufacture, size, shape, flavor, strength, and nation of origin.
One of the most popular ways to categorize cigar type is by shape and size. Although this sounds simple, it can still be very confusing. For many years, the cigar industry has been using terms such as Corona and Panatela, which refer to the approximate length and width of the cigar, not to the manufacturer or brand.
Another way to classify cigar types is by taste. Again, this is not a face-value description. Taste here is more of a full sensory perception in and around the mouth instead of something that you just experience on your taste buds alone.
Many different adjectives are used to describe flavor. Of course, different kinds of tobacco and ways of maturing it have a very significant impact on just what a cigar ultimately tastes like.
We hear terms like coffee, cherry, sweet, salty, apricot, mature, and green used to describe the actual flavor of a cigar.
Meanwhile, we hear other adjectives relating to intensity to describe the depth of flavor that a particular cigar type. Words like bland, hints, overtones, decidedly, massive, or rich signify not the actual taste you will encounter, but the degree of that taste.
So if you hear someone say something along the lines of “that cigar has a rich, sweet flavor”, such an statement indicates that the cigar smells and tastes sweet, and that other sensory perceptions in the palate, throat, and nose also participate in the full enjoyment of a fine cigar.
If you are new to cigar smoking, becoming aware of this descriptive methodology can go a long way toward building your cigar etiquette and having intelligent conversations with other cigar connoisseurs.
While there is some cigar tobacco grown in the Eastern US, most cigar tobacco is grown in warmer, much more humid regions. The world’s largest producer of cigars is still the Dominican Republic. This nation lies on the island of which was the first island discovered by Christopher Columbus, who also brought tobacco back to Europe.
Ever since then, the Dominican Republic has produced and probably will continue to produce the most sought after cigars in the world. It has what is quite possibly the best environment anywhere on the planet to grow tobacco.
Most cigar tobacco is grown are produced in the central island's Santiago and Cibao Valley regions. There are more than over half a million tobacco plants in the Dominican Republic.
The people of this nation have perfected tobacco cultivation and management of tobacco crops that the country is able to produce cigar types that are truly the most distinctive and impeccable in quality.
Other countries where cigar tobacco is grown include Cuba, Honduras, Brazil, and Nicaragua.
Honduran cigars have become very popular in the United States. In most cases, tobacco grown in Honduras can be somewhat robust. However, many Honduran brands have emerged that are very mild, making them a top choice for new cigar smokers where ever they may live.
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