Archive for August, 2009

Best Time of Day to Smoke a Cigar

Monday, August 24th, 2009

time-of-dayAsk any cigar aficionado about their favorite time of smoking cigar and you will find that their answers are more or less the same. Most of them prefer to smoke when they are starting their day with a mug of espresso or at night with their dinner or just before going to bed. There are also few smokers who like to enjoy their cigars in the afternoon, but just like those folks who like an evening drag, their numbers were quite less.
Let’s find out what makes the people preferring to smoke in the morning.
Having a cigar with coffee is like a daily routine for many, who with great conviction declare that cigars are a part of their lives with which they share an unshakeable bond. It’s like coffee would not taste the same if cigar is missing or even worse they will feel something is amiss all through the day. For some, it is their own way of announcing that yesterday has passed and a new day has come, so celebrate it. And without a favorite cigar to smoke, how can it be possible!
The morning cigar is often considered as the best smoke of the day and many cigar aficionados’ favorite as well. The sense of taste is fresh and early in the morning everything tastes differently. A cigar in the morning tastes stronger than it normally does with a special touch of harshness that every cigar smoker wishes for.
There are also some, who don’t wait for any time of the day to come, to smoke their favorite cigar. There are people who smoke cigars very occasionally or socially on some special occasions but then there are also some people who believe that smoking a cigar is an occasion in itself, the only occasion that is needed for them to completely appreciate it.

Alcohol and Cigar Smoking

Monday, August 24th, 2009

cocktailSome people consider smoking a cigar one of the most indulging pleasures one can afford in his or hers free time. Choosing the ideal cigar brand is an issue in itself, but matching it with the proper drink is a task worth considering. It should be noted, that there is no “right” answer on this matter but it is all down to personal choice. However, there are certain common sense rules.
The first important thing about choosing the right drink for a cigar is the time of the day. If it is 10 in the morning, you should smoke accompanied by a cup of coffee, rather than a scotch or rum. Respectively, in the evening, a type of alcohol should be considered. Second, the alcohol and the cigar should be in a balance with each other. For example, a full-bodied cigar will match an alcohol with a full flavor, like scotch or whiskey; a lighter cigar will go with a rose, white wine or champagne. This way you will find your cigar and drink of the same weight, creating the intended wonderful experience.
But, even though weight is a good technique to match your smoke with your drink, it does not let you explore the great bond that can be created between a cigar and an alcohol or non-alcohol drink. The truly incredible experience comes when the taste of the drink add up to the cigar’s taste, creating a complex synergy of the two flavors. And this feeling is different for everybody. Some people like single malt scotch with a strong flavored cigar. Others prefer a glass of rum, accompanying their smoke.

Eating & Cigar Smoking

Monday, August 24th, 2009

foodPairing a cigar with food is not really that big deal or that mysterious thing as folks consider it to be. But as always, there are two factors which govern it: the ones who acknowledge it and the ones who do not. Free as you are, you can smoke whatever you want with whatever you like. The plain logic is, it’s a good pairing as long as you find the taste good. In reality, it isn’t any rocket science to pair a good cigar with good food. In fact, it’s quite simple and the experimentation is in itself such a fun.
The best part is that they both enrich each other, especially the meal which tastes far better with it compared to when taken separately. The aim here should be a synergy and equilibrium between cigar and the food. The cigar should not subdue the food and the food should not subdue the cigar. Consider the cigar as a sauce; it should enhance the overall taste of food. In other words, it should complement the food. However, the immediate effects of a cigar are intense, so one needs to carefully make a choice whether to eat during smoking the cigar. The dark smoky bouquet of a classy cigar will remain on your palate for a long time for you to enjoy your food, whatever you are eating.
But a thing to remember here or it can all be messy is that if paired improperly with the wrong food, the whole combination can be a real disaster. For instance, you wouldn’t want to smoke with beans soup. On the contrary, if it’s combined properly with the right kind of food, it will be such a delight to relish. Try smoking a cigar like sage risotto with Caesar salad rich with capers, garlic and anchovies and you will yourself know how desperately you had been missing a real good food combo like this. Also, quail scorched in rosemary chestnut crust with a vintage butera cigar is in itself such a treat. It’s a great pairing liked by most.

Smoking Cigars in Cold Weather

Monday, August 24th, 2009

winter2Smoking a cigar in a chilly winter day is one hell of a task and can actually be a true bummer. In an ice cold day when you are out somewhere and are desperate to light your favorite cigar for few drags, you find that you cannot even light it in such low temperature, leave apart enjoying it; how would you feel?
It is really frustrating but this is how cigars are. These are made of tobacco leaves which are accustomed of working fine in 60-70 degrees. The shivery weather dries the cigars and makes it brittle and subjected to damage and as a result, it simply would not light up. And if you are able to light it, it would not stay lit for long. Apart from that, the usual flavor of your cigar would be lost in a chilly weather. It would not really taste the same and one could surely feel the difference. These are the times when one sincerely needs a puff or two to get rid of the coldness of a usual icy weather while the merciless weather would ensure you would not get to do that.
Frankly speaking, it is not the right place or time to smoke a cigar in a weather condition where the temperature is below zero degree and wind is blowing as if it will blow the roof off your house. The other factor is you’ll never really get the actual aroma of a fine cigar nor you will be able to enjoy it in such surroundings.

Cigars and Coffee

Monday, August 24th, 2009

coffee1There’s just one thing which can complement a great cigar in the likes of Cohiba, Punch, Macanudo or any classic Cuban, and that’s a mug of coffee. Ask any cigar aficionado and you’ll pat get the reply how it is to smoke a cigar, sipping coffee in between.
However, quite surprisingly most of the cigar lovers used to detest coffee initially as they found it to be quite a mismatch to enjoy a good smoke; instead tea was a favored option to enjoy with cigars. It was tough to maintain a point of equilibrium between the intensity of a cigar and the flavor of a coffee which many used to feel. While for some who preferred coffee, cigars were a strict no-no, leave apart having both in a combo.

So, as it can be seen, the idea of cigars and coffee together did not receive a supposed welcome and people did not give much thought of having it together. But then what was it that suddenly changed the clichéd opinion of the masses and smoking cigars with coffee turned into a big time phenomenon?
Well, the answer is - those who detested the combination never really wanted to like it, it was all very subjective at the first place but after few attempts to give it one more go upon getting to know about the feedbacks of few ardent supporters of cigars and coffee, it all began to change. Now, pair the best and favorite cigars with the best and favorite coffee of theirs and you’ll find the same folks who didn’t like the idea are the ones who are recommending this great combination to one and all recounting their journey of pairing cigars with coffee.

How to Match a Fine Cigar with the Proper Drink?

Monday, August 24th, 2009

drinkSome people consider smoking a cigar one of the most indulging pleasures one can afford in his or hers free time. Choosing the ideal cigar brand is an issue in itself, but matching it with the proper drink is a task worth considering. It should be noted, that there is no “right” answer on this matter but it is all down to personal choice. However, there are certain common sense rules.
The first important thing about choosing the right drink for a cigar is the time of the day. If it is 10 in the morning, you should smoke accompanied by a cup of coffee, rather than a scotch or rum. Respectively, in the evening, a type of alcohol should be considered. Second, the alcohol and the cigar should be in a balance with each other. For example, a full-bodied cigar will match an alcohol with a full flavor, like scotch or whiskey; a lighter cigar will go with a rose, white wine or champagne. This way you will find your cigar and drink of the same weight, creating the intended wonderful experience.
But, even though weight is a good technique to match your smoke with your drink, it does not let you explore the great bond that can be created between a cigar and an alcohol or non-alcohol drink. The truly incredible experience comes when the taste of the drink add up to the cigar’s taste, creating a complex synergy of the two flavors. And this feeling is different for everybody. Some people like single malt scotch with a strong flavored cigar. Others prefer a glass of rum, accompanying their smoke.