Developing Your Palate as a Cigar Smoker

Smoking cigars is similar to when you first begin to high-end liquor or enjoy fine foods; it can be overwhelming at first and requires some time for your palate to mature. With as many brands, flavors, and crafted cigars as there are, it’s not a surprise that it takes people some time to really develop an understanding of their palate and build an appreciation for luxury cigars.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to cover a few of the ways that you can start to develop your palate as a new cigar smoker. Let’s dive right in.

Take Broad Strokes

Cigars are crafted from a variety of tobacco leaves, making them one of the more flavorful ways for people to enjoy smoking tobacco. Because of how cigars are crafted, it’s suggested that new smokers enjoy broad strokes of the cigar so that they can get a feel for the full body of the cigar that they’re enjoying.

Unlike products like cigarettes, cigars focus on the tasty flavor of the tobacco leaves and are intended to offer an enjoyable flavor for those smoking. They aren’t meant to be quickly puffed through. Take long strokes of the cigar and give yourself time to take in every bit of the flavor.

Educate Yourself

The more extensive your knowledge on cigars is, the easier it will be for you to differentiate one cigar from the next. It’s also one of the best ways for you to understand the palate that cigars have to offer in general. While it’s not necessarily how you’ll develop your palate, it’s a key component and major step towards becoming a cigar enthusiast that knows what they’re talking about.

After all, how can you expect to develop new appreciation for flavors and styles of cigars if you don’t know what makes them unique in the first place? By spending time learning about how cigars differ from one another, you’ll be able to get an idea of what types of cigars you’re a fan of and which you’d like to try down the road.

Develop Your Preferences

The more cigars that you get the chance to smoke, the more of an idea you’ll have on which types of cigars you like. Developing your preferences is going to be one of the most enjoyable ways to start expanding your palate. After you have an idea of what you like you can start to seek out cigars that are similar to that and continue to grow in your knowledge and preferences. After a while, you’ll be able to select cigars that speak to your developed preferences.

A great example of another area where developed preferences continue to grow is beer. You may start out with something simple, by a well-known brewer. After you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone you may learn that you’re a big fan of IPA’s. It only takes that one IPA to recognize that this is a craft that you enjoy. From there, you can start to try different IPAs. After learning more about the way that IPAs are crafted and the flavors that you prefer, it’ll be easy for you to build your palate and your understanding of what beer you’re going to enjoy.

Cigars are very similar to the example that we’ve just covered. So, if you’re a fan of beer or you’ve developed an extensive taste for beer, there’s a good chance you can do the same with cigars.

Indulge in Premium Cigars

Not all cigars are created equally, and if you’re going to be building your palate you need to indulge in luxury cigars. Oliva cigars are hand-rolled cigars made with quality in mind. Grown from Cuban tobacco seeds in the rich soil of Nicaragua, Oliva Cigars are known for the historic craftsmanship that we’ve maintained through the years.

Whether you’re new to smoking cigars or you’re simply looking for ways to expand your palate, enjoying one of the high-end cigars made by Oliva Cigars is one of the best ways that you can treat yourself to the bold flavors that you’ll only be able to find in a luxury cigar.

If you’re ready to add a Oliva Cigar to your collection, browse the various vendors in your area that offer Oliva Cigars. Once you’ve had the chance to enjoy one of our cigars, you’ll be well on your way to developing a mature palate.