Do you have a few cigars laying around your home, and your collection is continuing to grow? It would be a shame to invest in a wonderful variety of cigars, only to have them dry out before you are able to enjoy them. Don’t let your cigars go to waste- purchase your very own humidor today! Come visit us at Bacca Cigar and let us help find the best fit for you.
There are a few things to keep in mind while you are shopping for your humidor. For starter’s, it’s best to invest in a humidor that holds more cigars than you currently have. That way, should you decide to expand your collection, you won’t have to go through the whole process of trying to find a brand new humidor all over again.
Second, it matters what humidor is made from. When made from the right type of wood, your humidor can help age your cigars to perfection, save your collection from dreadful tobacco beetles, and protect from mold or mildew. What is the best type of wood then, you ask? A Spanish cedar interior is widely considered the best option, with mahogany as a common alternative.
Finally, the perfect humidor for you will also be the best match for your lifestyle and decor. Do you like to bring your cigars with you while you travel? A portable humidor might be what you are looking for then. If not, there are table and desk top options, as well as larger ones, like freestanding models or walk-in humidors. Personalized humidors might even be something you want to consider.
A humidor is the best investment you can make to enjoy your cigars to their fullest. Come by and talk with any of our employees to find out more information or for help finding your perfect humidor.
Cigars have typically been regarded as a symbol for power, prestige, and privilege- for men that is. Stereotypically, cigar smoking is a manly pastime, and nothing a lady would dare to do. Many women out there are breaking that stereotype though. According to The Cigar Association, there could actually be up to half a million women out there that smoke cigars! Habanos (Cuban Cigar Company) has even made a cigar specifically for women. It’s called the Julieta, and is a cigar designed to resemble a cigarette (a shorter and narrower design).
There are many reasons women out there are switching to cigars. For some, smoking a cigar can make them feel more in control or powerful. Some even do it because it makes them feel like a rebel. Others do it for fun or to enjoy the peaceful feeling a cigar has to offer. However, most do it simply because they enjoy the taste and the experience of a good cigar.
It’s not just your everyday women joining this trend either – many famous women have become part of this movement as well. Not only has Madonna been known to enjoy a nice cigar, but so have women like Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Demi Moore. Do you remember Bonnie (of Bonnie and Clyde)? She smoked cigars too!
Many bars and cigar shops (Like Bacca Cigar) are hosting cigar nights now, some even just for ladies. Cigars aren’t just for men anymore. So ladies, feel free to “smoke em’ if you got ‘em”.
“Cigars after dinner are delightful, smoking before breakfast is unnatural.” — Bernard Shaw.
Even after finding the perfect cigar to enjoy, you still have to decide when the best time to smoke it is. What a tough decision! While many think after dinner is the only time to smoke a cigar, there are far more variables to picking the perfect time.
A big factor in deciding when to enjoy your cigar is what type it is. If you have a strong flavored cigar, smoking it before dinner would leave that overwhelming taste in your mouth, interfering with your meal. Therefore, a milder cigar would typically be best to enjoy before sitting down to eat.
Time is another issue that must be considered. A slower burning cigar will obviously take much longer to smoke. If you begin to smoke one shortly before dinner, you have a time restraint. You don’t want your dinner to get cold, but you also don’t want to cut your cigar experience short. To avoid choosing between an unfinished cigar and a cold dinner, search for a cigar that burns quicker.
Some cigars pair better with certain foods and beverages, as well. So if you wish to have the best cigar experience possible, keep all of these factors in mind when planning your next cigar.
When picking out your cigar, you may wonder: does the size and shape I choose really make any difference? While what type of tobacco you choose is more important, the size and shape can alter your cigar experience.
How do you even figure out size? Measurements are in inches. The ring gauge is the diameter of the cigar, measured by 64th of an inch. Generally, the larger the ring gauge, the fuller the taste. The shorter the cigar, the hotter the smoke gets.
What about shape then? There are two types of cigar shapes. First, there are the straight-sided cigars (parejos). Many parejos have different names, based on their size. For example, a Robusto is short and wide. Other examples of parejos are: Churchill, Corona, Carlota, Lonsdale, and Toro (to only name a few!).
Second, there are irregularly shaped cigars (figarados). While there are many types of figarados, here are a few examples:
Presidente: Parejo shape but considered a figarago due to its enormous size
Culebras: Three long, pointed cigars braided together
Perfecto: Tapered on both ends, with a bulge in the middle
Pyramid: Small head and much wider foot
Torpedo: Pointed head with straight body
there are also exotic shapes like chilli peppers, baseball bats, footballs, etc
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Cigars: To Go
Not storing your cigars properly can dry them out—no one wants that. For those that will be storing cigars for longer, you should consider investing in a humidor. If you just want to wait until after dinner or until your friends come over to enjoy your cigar though, here are a few tricks that can help keep your cigar fresher longer. While not ideal, this storage can be better than nothing.
• Keep your cigar in a sealed plastic bag or a properly sized Tupperware container (with a lid of course).
• Put a small, slightly damp paper towel or sponge in the bag or box, making sure it does not touch the cigar.
• Whatever you do, donʼt let your cigar get wet!
• To prevent mold, make sure you open the bag or box periodically.
Remember, this is only a temporary fix. This will not guarantee long-term freshness.
After smoking a cigar, you might want to do something about “cigar breath.” It can be very powerful, and we’ve compiled a few tips on how to get rid of it.
- First of all, brush your teeth and floss! This can help get the tobacco that might be lodged between your teeth and gums. Flossing also helps remove the plaque that builds up.
- Scrape your tongue. This sounds painful, but it’s not. You can find scrapers in the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store. Why is this important? The tongue harbors the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth that leads to bad breath.
- Use antiseptic. Normal mouthwash won’t help with cigar breath, so look for a cleanser that has hydrogen peroxide in it.
- Don’t have any of that stuff handy while you’re out? Some foods and drinks might help kill the odor such as orange juice and lemonade. You can also eat some dry cereal to help as well.
A few tips for beginners out there:
First off, you need to start by cutting the cigar just right. Try not to simply use a knife or a pair of scissors (and please don’t use your teeth!), but instead use a single or double blade guillotine cutter. Place the head of the cigar (the part that goes into your mouth) into the cutter and make sure to make about a 1/8th of an inch cut or less.
Once it’s cut, it’s ready to light. Remember to always use either a wooden match or a butane lighter because your traditional cigarette lighter will just give the cigar a bad taste. Hold the cigar above the flame while slowly rotating it to make sure it is evenly heated and you see a glowing, orange tip.
Now you’re ready to smoke. The key to having the most enjoyable cigar experience is to smoke slowly while taking in all the aromas and flavors that come with it. Remember, its not a cigarette so NEVER, EVER INHALE! Instead, take slow puffs over an extended period of time. Some cigars can take over an hour to smoke so get yourself comfortable, relax, and enjoy!