Congratulations on joining the “Brotherhood of the Leaf” or BOTL as many of us call ourselves. You’ve either made the decision on your own, or a friend or relative has influenced you into the world of cigars. My introduction came from a close friend who showed me how to become a cigar enthusiast. I in turn have shown many of my friends the pleasure of sitting down to an enjoyable cigar.
Choosing the right cigar is always important. As a beginner I believe it is very important. Enjoying cigars is like tasting beer for the first time. Taste is everything and if the product is cheap, you won’t enjoy it. That’s not to say that you can’t find good cigars at a reasonable price. But, as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” As a beginner I recommend looking for a mild cigar. Remember, cigars are an acquired taste that is developed over the years. A mild cigar will allow you to introduce your taste buds to the unique flavors in a cigar. Some mild brands I recommend are Macanudo, Montecristo, Nat Sherman, CAO Gold, Rocky Patel Connecticut and Romeo y Julieta Reserva. You will find all of these brands to be excellent and not too hard on the wallet.
Purchasing cigars is a personal choice. I have a friend who only buys from cigar shops. He wants to have the immediate pleasure of having his cigars in hand. But, cigar shops will charge you a premium for those sticks. They have storage, rent, inventory and basic overhead. Those charges will be passed on to you the buyer. However, there is something to be said about having the opportunity to walk into a cigar store and actually smell and touch the merchandise you’re about to purchase.
I find that purchasing cigars through online stores is cost effective. The online stores inventory is usually vast and their prices competitive. Most online retailers will ship your order quickly and securely. Their good reputation with customers is important for them to retain.
Another great way to buy cigars is through an online auction. Many times, online auctions allow you to purchase cigars at a much reduced price. I caution you though, know your prices before bidding. The adrenaline rush of bidding can get the better of you. If you’re not careful you could end up paying more than retail.
Remember to enjoy this adventure. The cigar industry is continually growing, and with it, the opportunity to benefit. Explore the many fan sites for cigars on the internet. You’ll find that many of us who share a passion for cigars are more than willing to lend a hand. Enjoy and welcome to the BOTL.