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Using Sight and Touch to Judge the Quality of a Cigar

What are the elements that go into manufacturing a cigar that has an exceptional flavor? People frequently comment that the only way to tell if a cigar has an extraordinary taste is by looking at the product. However, trying to find a million reasons that a cigar tastes great only serves to dispel its magical quality. Even though people wish to understand some of the reasons that certain cigars have extremely satisfying flavors, consumers do not want to dwell on technicalities.

The most dedicated cigar lovers desire to have romantic interludes every time puffs emerge. Nevertheless, the majority of cigar smokers are sure to concede that certain attributes cause some cigars to taste better than their counterparts. The art that goes into manufacturing a high quality cigar involves more than simply puffing on a cigar. The sense of taste is only one aspect. The other senses also play parts in an ardent cigar smokers' experience.

This article comprises the first segment of a two-part series. The evaluation of a cigar includes the roles played by the senses of sight and touch. These two senses are extremely similar. When a person takes a cigar out of the box or humidor, the first thing to do is to look at the product.

A cigar wrapper plays an important role in the taste of the product. A wrapper should have an oily coating that indicates the correct level of humidity. The type of leaf and the climate in which it flourishes determine the appearance of the cigar wrapper. Any blemishes are sure to render images about what to expect before the sense of taste is used.

Superior cigar wrappers have silky surfaces. For instance, the Connecticut shade wrapper has a texture reminiscent of silk, and it has a stretchable texture that does not always appear in wrappers manufactured in other parts of the world. In contrast to the Connecticut shade wrapper, the Cameroon wrapper has an oily, bumpy texture that is known as a tooth. Bumps indicate that the cigar is going to have a great flavor despite the fact that the leaf does not have a silky surface. Wrappers from Connecticut and Ecuador resemble each other in their textures but do not have similar hues.

A higher quality wrapper leaf from Ecuador does not have as much of the tooth, and it features a matte-like, smoother surface. The Connecticut wrapper reveals a greater amount of depth, slightly expanded tooth and an attractive, shiny appearance. Oil always implies that a wrapper has received the proper amount of humidification and that the smoker is going to experience a cooler smoking experience. Cool smoke offers a better flavor than hot smoke.

A wrapper leaf that has ripples or cracks indicate that the cigar received an excess of humidification. This factor is very important because if the cigar expands and contracts rapidly, the basic composure of its intrinsic elements can be ruined. This type of cigar offers an uneven smoking experience or plug. A manufacturing flaw can also cause this same flaw. A smoker who purchases a cigar with a superior wrapper is more likely to have a product that offers excellence.

The burn rate also plays a significant role in the analysis of what makes a cigar taste great. A cigar needs to burn correctly in order to sustain the intensity of the flavor. If a cigar does not burn evenly, it is rendered as a flawed product. The cigar needs to burn evenly during the entire period in which it is smoked. Due to various types of tobacco components, the flavors and smoothness of a superior cigar take on different roles during the smoking process. If the cigar burns unevenly, the expected changes never take place. One part of the cigar may burn, but the other part does not. This can cause an excess of smoke, which then causes the taste buds to experience a monotonous flavor.