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Enjoy your cigar

THE HABANO YOU PICK, THE WAY YOU CUT IT, LIGHT IT, SMOKE IT AND ABOVE ALL THE TASTES THAT YOU ENJOY ARE YOUR CHOICES AND YOURS ALONE.

However, there are some practical points to bear in mind. Here you can learn more about enjoying… The text and pictures below are from the very source itself - Habanos!

Flavour

Habaons classify their cigars as Full, Medium to Full, Medium, Light to Medium, or Light. The different brands are tuned towards one of these flavours classes. 

Habanos Cigar Flavours Guide

 

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SHAPES & SIZES

Shape size cigar habano

HABANOS COME IN LENGTHS FROM 100 TO 230 MM. EACH BRAND HAS ITS OWN CHARACTERISTIC STYLE OF FLAVOUR, BUT DIFFERENT VITOLAS CAN VARY THE SENSATION OF TASTE.

The bigger the cigar, the richer the taste will tend to be, and the cooler the smoke.

Fat cigars burn slowly and deliver a large volume of rounder smoke that drenches the palate with the full mixture of flavours.

Thinner cigars smoke more quickly and concentrate the flavours on the tongue giving a slightly sharper taste.
    Size matters - among other factors... the aficionado magazined Cigar Journal and Cigar Aficionado do cigar tastings and publish ratings of cigars.

    CHOOSING

    Choosing cigar

    NOVICES ARE ADVISED TO EXPERIMENT WITH A VITOLA THAT IS COMMON TO MANY BRANDS SUCH AS A PETIT CORONA AND START WITH ONE OF THE LIGHTER FLAVOURED MARQUES.

    For more experienced smokers, the best guide is the amount of time at their disposal. Remember that a long filler Habano is constructed so that its flavour will intensify by stages as it is smoked. It is a great shame to abandon a Habano before it has had the chance to display its true colours. So pick a vitola you have the time to enjoy in its entirety.

    CUTTING

    Cutting Cigar

    THE CUT SHOULD BE MADE JUST ABOVE THE LINE WHERE THE CAP MEETS THE WRAPPER (ON FIGURADOS ABOUT 3MM FROM THE POINT).

    You must create an aperture broad enough to ensure an unobstructed draw whilst retaining enough of the cap to stop the wrapper from unravelling.

    A number of devices compete for the role. The most popular is the single or double bladed guillotine. Alternatively there are pairs of special cigar scissors. Another is the punch cutter with a circular blade. It removes a section from the cap, which preserves the shape of the cigars head, although it cannot cut pointed ends. Do not remove the band for fear of damaging the wrapper.

    THE LIGHTING

    Lighting cigar

    HERE WE APPLY TWO PRINCIPLES.

    The first is to light your cigar with an odourless flame. Always use a butane gas lighter, a wooden match or a spill. Never use a petrol lighter, a wax match or a candle because their aroma will permeate the cigar. The second is to take your time and do a thorough job. Nothing ruins the enjoyment of a Habano faster than the thin smoke you draw when it is badly lit. Here is a small ritual to help you get it right every time: Hold the foot of the cigar at 90 degrees to the flame and rotate it until the surface is evenly charred.

    Place the Habano between your lips and, holding the flame a centimetre away, draw on it until the flame jumps onto the foot.

    Continue to rotate the cigar.

    Blow gently on the foot to check that it is evenly lit.

    SMOKING

    Smoking cigar habano
    A HABANO SHOULD BE SMOKED SLOWLY. IT SHOULD BE SIPPED RATHER THAN GULPED OR IT MAY OVERHEAT, WHICH CAN HARM THE FLAVOUR. Don’t inhale – this is not a cigarette. Gently draw the smoke into your mouth and allow it to play gloriously on your taste buds. Relax and savour the subtle flavours and aromas of the tobaccos in the blend. It is fine to relight your Habano if it goes out. But first clean off any loose ash or you will find it hard to re-ignite. A Habano may be smoked with enjoyment for at least three quarters of its length. Don’t concern yourself with the length or fate of the ash. It is not done to tap your Habano nervously, like a cigarette. Let the ash fall in its own time, preferably into an ashtray. When the sad moment comes to part with your Habano, don’t crush it to a pulp. Lay it to rest in the ashtray and it will go out by itself. Allow it to die with dignity.

    KEEPING

    HABANOS CAN BE KEPT FOR A GOOD 15 YEARS, SOMETIMES LONGER, AND WILL, LIKE EXCEPTIONAL WINES, IMPROVE WITH AGE Press the cigar gently between your thumb and index finger to test its condition. It should feel firm but springy to the touch. Habanos should be stored at between 16°C and 18°C and in a relative humidity of 65 to 70 percent. The humidity is most crucial. If a Habano becomes too wet it will not smoke. If it dries out, it will taste harsh. You are well advised to invest in your humidor in which to keep a selection of Habanos ready to smoke. Putting Habanos in the fridge is no alternative. Fridges are drier than you might think and fine cigars readily absorb smells. A number of problems may arise when storing fine cigars. For example, they may become too wet or too dry. Dryness is worst because after two or three months they will start to lose their flavour – never to be regained. When re-humidifying dry cigars do it gently in stages or you will risk the wrappers bursting as the leaves absorb moisture. Prolonged wetness rots tobacco, but you are much more likely to encounter ‘bloom’. This is a white, powdery mould that occurs naturally on a Habano when it is subjected to a sudden increase in humidity. It is a sign that the cigar is alive and well and should simply be removed with a brush. A marriage begins between the leaves used to make your Habano from the moment it leaves the torcedor’s bench. It takes time for the blend of filler leaves to harmonise and deliver the taste intended by the Ligador. The result is worth waiting for because the taste will have developed and your Habano will share its essence with greater ease.

    There are in the world just a few things that are known without question to be the best of their kind. A Habano –or Havana cigar – is one of them.

    We are specialised in Cuban cigars. All production from Cuba is distributed world-wide by Habanos S.A. - All cigars we sell are taken directly from Habanos.

    Habanos has 28 brands.

    Habanos brands

    This year, 2016, is the 60 year anniversary of the flagship brand of Habanos - Cohiba.