Cigarology 101 – How to Choose a Cigar


Welcome to our new feature on cigars with Lee Cecil called Cigarology. Lee is president of Sanctuaire Cigar Accesories and works with Jeff Moutet at Match Cigar Bar and Riverside Cigars in Jeffersonville.

We’re going to bring you everything from the 101 class to reviews and reccomendations on the latest releases, ESPECIALLY locally produced products.

Our first feature is, as it should be – how to choose a cigar. Seems elementary, but perhaps not, as I look over Lee’s points below and realize how many folks smoke them without actually CHOOSING them. Lee’s insights might increase the enjoyment of even seasoned smokers. Watch for new videos each month



How to Choose a Good Cigar

  1. Find a shape you like and will feel comfortable holding and smoking
  2. Literally – judge a book by its cover – the wrapper – it must be applied flawlessly, without rips or tears.
  3. Look for uniform color. You dod not want a cigar that is mottled or spotted.
  4. Avoid cigars that are dry – that flake or crumble when touched. This means they have not been properly humidified.
  5. Look for a cigar that has a luster or sheen that indicates it has been well cared for.
  6. Make sure the cigar is well filled with tobacco – consistantly firm with no weak spots or divots.
  7. Flavor is most important, ask permission to smell it – take a deep inhale. If the smell is pleasing to you, chances are the taste will be too.