...and above all the tastes that you enjoy are your choices and yours alone. However, there are some practical points to bear in mind.
Four of your five senses are required when choosing a Cigar - or all five if you believe, as some do, that there is something to be learnt from rolling it next to your ear.
The wrapper must please the eye. Maybe you prefer a light Claro color, or maybe a dark Maduro. Either way, the color should be even and there should be sheen on the leaf. Don't worry if you see a white spot or a green patch. These are natural blemishes, beauty spots if you will, that occurred long ago during the growing or curing processes. Neither affects the quality of the smoke.
Press the cigar gently between your thumb and index finger to test its condition. It should feel firm but springy to the touch.
Enjoy the aromas leaf as they waft up from the box - a promise of the flavors to come.
Taste can only be judged by smoking - quite a challenge when you have 33 different Habano brands to choose from.
Novices are advised to experiment with a vitola* that is common to many brands such as a Mareva from Montecristo (#4). Start with one of the lighter flavored marques for Habanos brands and flavors.
Newcomers should start with smaller formats. For more experienced smokers, the best guide is the amount of time at their disposable. Remember that a long filler Cigar is constructed so that its flavor will intensify by stages as it is smoked.
It is a great shame to abandon a Cigar before it has had the chance to display its true colors. So pick a vitola* you have the time to enjoy in its entirely.
* Vitola refers to the size & shape of a cigar
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This message has been edited by nadh3n on Nov 29, 2005 3:38 PM