Cigar smoking is a not as much of a habit as it is a ritual. It brings people together and helps them forget the worries that the average person carries everyday. It is more then just the cigar you smoke, but the environment which can also play a factor in your experience. Where you are smoking, who you are with, and the time of day are all key factors in maximizing enjoyment. Today we are going to take a look at smoking cigars throughout the day and deciding which ones go better at what times.

  • Morning

 This may in fact be the most important time to pick the right cigar. First thing in the morning your palate is fresh and unhindered by other cigars or a lot of food. Typically you want to choose something mellow yet flavorful. A Dominican with a Connecticut shade wrapper is the perfect morning smoke. The strength isn’t going to knock you out, but you want a little flavor in there to help you wake up. If you go with something stronger in the morning, your palate will be shot for the rest of the day. If you are a coffee drinker, I would recommend something mellow but with a maduro wrapper to give you that rich and chocolatey flavor. I would go with a Montecristo White, Charter Oak Maduro or Ashton Aged Maduro to start your day with.

  • Afternoon

 Now you’ve had your lunch and are looing for a nice smoke to help you relax and digest. This is where I go a bit stronger with my selection a solid medium or even medium to full body smoke. You don’t have to worry about ruing your palate because the selection gets stronger from here. You also want that extra strength to help push you through the rest of your day. A stronger Dominican or even a solid medium body from Nicaragua would work very nicely. Perhaps one of the new Macanudo Inspirado line, a Herrera Esteli, or for the boutique smoker a Caldwell Hit & Run are all perfect late afternoon smokes.

  • Evening

 Listen you’ve had a long day. You’ve worked your ass off, played with the kids ate a nice dinner and now its time to sit outside and unwind. After a big meal, you want to go with something stronger. Itll help you digest, not really but kind, but also really help you relax and calm your mind after a hard day. When it comes to strong cigars, there are a plethora you can choose, so it comes down to what you are drinking. If you are having some red wine, something rich like a Partagas Black or a Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro are fine choices. If you more of a bourbon man, perhaps something like a spicy Todos Las Dias from Steve Saka or bold Camacho American Barrel Aged would fit perfectly.

 This is not a set of rules that have to be followed, but more of a general guide. You want to get the most out of every cigar you smoke, so by choosing the right cigar for the right time, it enhances the smoking experience and makes you appreciate the cigar even mor.

POSTED ON May 08, 2018


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