A great cigar is unmistakable once you’ve enjoyed one. Tony finds most people don’t know how to smoke a cigar. The senses used to enjoy a cigar are in your nose, not in your mouth. A light puff and exhale through the nose and VOILA!
There are 3 parts to a cigar, the filler, the binder and the wrapper. The wrapper is usually the most expensive part. It should be free of obnoxious bulging veins, smooth to the touch- hand and lip, and it must be elastic to take on the proper shape.
Tony says, “The best cigars I ever smoked came from Switzerland, Cuban, of course, about 10 years old and from the Mafia. When you lit it up flowers danced through your nose, the top of your head came off and it burned forever. The ash stood about an inch and a half tall without falling off, showing the integrity of the leaf. Everything I’ve smoked since has been some degree of crap.”