Flavor–Extracting Flavor From Cigars

I was a little pressed for time to do a proper review, so we’ll do something different today…

It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of articles or videos that are geared towards new smokers (noobs). It crossed my mind that many smokers, ranging from new to seasoned, are missing out on a lot of the flavor that cigars have to offer. In fact, I’ve heard quite a few smokers say the flavors we describe is all in our heads, or maybe we just make it all up.

If you can only taste a “Smoke flavor” and you enjoy it, that’s great. Who am I to say you are wrong? Some smokers, new or old, want to explore the possibility of experiencing a bit more in terms of flavor. This was a realization I had as a new smoker pretty quickly, and it took cigar enjoyment to another level.

With that, I threw, and I mean threw, together a short video on how I extract flavors from cigar smoke. It may work for you, it may not.

And lastly… A lame video from some guy on the Internet does not compare to having a mentor to learn from. I am lucky that my friend and local tobacconist Ed Nazare of St. Pete Cigar really helped me out.

This video runs five minutes. Yes, I can get a little long winded. You already know this.

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11 Responses to “Flavor–Extracting Flavor From Cigars”

Swede214 March 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Hi Tom, nice job, I will try that, I do have a hard time to taste anything, I now, I’m strange. I guess my ”bud’s” are out of whack.

Mike-J March 21st, 2012 at 1:50 am

it’s always good to get back the basics. thanks for reminding us of that.

Tom March 21st, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Swede214 – I hope it helps you out. It takes some practice. One thing I didn’t mention is… If you think you are getting a flavor, let’s say cinnamon, go grab a pinch and try it. I did stuff like that from time to time.

Mike – Yea I figured it couldn’t hurt. Ed and I have briefly spoke about it in reviews, but I had nothing that really focused on such a basic thing.

Adam March 21st, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I feel that retrohaling is key. Looking back I can’t even think how I enjoyed a cigar without it. It just exposes your pallet to so many more flavors and notes. But it definitely takes practice, took me quite a while before I would do it.

Tom March 23rd, 2012 at 12:14 am

Adam – Retrohaling is key – I couldn’t agree more. The method outlined in the video sort of expands on retrohaling a little. It helped me to do it this way because I often have a tough time identifying flavor.

Paul April 10th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I agree that identifying different flavors while smoking cigars is a great way to enjoy them but that said I feel that too many cigar smokers get hung up on that. You get guys claiming they’re tasting some pretty crazy stuff and I’m not going to sit here and call them liars but I think that people tend to take it too far. I think we all have heard or read the craziness at one time or another. I guess my point is we should just relax and enjoy the cigar. Some of these reviews I read are very good and helpful but there are so many that I find comical. I stumbled across a great cigar review site that gets right down to the point. it’s called http://www.cigardicks.com Great review btw Tom !

Tom April 10th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Paul – I get what you are saying. Don’t get me started on the state of cigar blogging! Don’t get me wrong, there are some great sites out there, and I don’t consider this one of them. But these pricks who drink their own coolaid make me sick! It’s all about relaxing and enjoyment, not your social status.

Tom's Cigar Reviews » Blog Archive » La Palina El Diario July 11th, 2012 at 2:01 am

[…] Ed also talks a bit about his cigar tasting method. Being a tobacconist, Ed has schooled many, including Mike, and myself. In the review, I reference a video I made about this topic. You can check that out by clicking HERE. […]

jjo October 9th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Tom – You’re supposed to say “Num,num,num,num…” when you chew the smoke. Other than that, great post.

Tom October 11th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

JJO – Good point. It may have added to the “Dong factor” when I was taking draws though. On second thought, that would open this site up to a whole new demographic.

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