Cigars are a special reward at the end of a long day, in much the same way as a fine wine. Tobacco is influenced by weather, climate and soil, and the best cigars are hand-made, adding that variable to the whole mix. These inevitable variables make consistency more difficult to achieve. The best brands of cigars will owe some of their success to the process of maintaining a consistent level of flavor and quality. This is one of the reasons why you should select a well-made brand, so that your first experiences are positive ones.
The body of a Cigar refers to the actual taste, and the strength of that taste. A cigar that is light in body will be lesser in strength than one that is medium in body. In keeping with that comparison, a cigar that is referred to as full-bodied will be stronger than either of the other two. Many cigar smokers recommend that you start out with a cigar of light body, to become accustomed to the taste.
If you're looking at the better made cigars, make sure that their construction is good. Keep in mind, that if a cigar is hand-made, it will not be as uniform as cigars that are not hand-made, and this is to be expected. When you select a cigar, hold it lightly in your hand and squeeze various areas so that you can be assured that there aren't any softer spots. Soft areas mean non-uniform burning.
Try a few good brands of cigars if you are looking for the best smoke. If you're not sure of a brand, buy individual cigars and not full boxes, in case the taste is not to your liking. Find a brand that you have enjoyed a few times before, and keep in mind that sometimes your taste may change a bit. You may have more than one favorite cigar, as you try more brands out. You can read about other people's favorites at CigarBlogs.com
The cap of a cigar is a smaller tobacco piece that acts to close off one of the cigar ends. It makes each cigar look better, and it keeps the paper wound properly. This is the part that you will usually clip off before you begin smoking your cigar. It should be thought of as being a little like opening the cigar to smoke, rather than as cutting the end off. In fact, you shouldn't clip off the whole cap, or the paper will begin to unravel. Just open up a small air hole.
To get the best flavor and burn, toast the foot of cigars by holding a flame far away so it doesn't touch the foot. Swirl the flame by rotating the cigar, giving glowing embers to the foot. Once you have the embers glowing and smoke coming off, remove the flame source from the cigar, and blow out gently through your cigar. Puff a bit and reapply the flame so that the cigar can finish being lit. Then you are ready to enjoy the smooth and rich taste of your cigar.