Cigars 101: Everything You Need to Know!

February 10, 2020 9:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In terms of tobacco, cigars are probably the product that many of our customers know the least about. What makes a good cigar? How do you properly smoke one? How should you store them? These are all valid questions that we hear all the time. In order to help out, we’ve put together this helpful post. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about cigars in Rutland, VT.


For first-time smokers, we recommend choosing a mild cigar that’s not too heavy or bold. Starting with a mild stogie allows you to enjoy the flavor without being overpowered by the strength of a full-bodied cigar.

We always recommend buying cigars from a reputable smoke shop instead of a gas station, grocery store or any other place that might carry them. When you buy from a dedicated smoke shop, like Emporium Tobacco & Gifts, you know you’re getting a high-quality product that’s sure to satisfy.


One of the biggest mistakes novice smokers make is improperly cutting the cigar. Use a designated cigar cutter to cut the cap on the head (the end you smoke). Cut just enough to allow you to draw smoke, without distorting the shape of the cigar too much. Never use scissors, a Swiss army knife or your teeth to cut the cigar—doing so will almost assuredly ruin the cigar and detract from your smoking experience.


Striking a match and lighting up a cigar might look easy when gangsters do it in movies, but that’s typically not the case in real life! Many smokers have a hard time lighting the end evenly when using a match, which is why we don’t recommend it. Instead, use a butane torch lighter for your cigars. A butane torch will light the end evenly without messing up the flavor with lighter fluid.


Unlike cigarettes, cigars’ smoke should never be inhaled. Inhaling the smoke is bound to make you cough and even gag if you’re inexperienced. Instead, hold the smoke in your mouth and then blow it out—stop and enjoy the taste! While smoking, rotate the cigar to get an even burn.


If you’ve enjoyed your first few cigars and want to start buying some for special occasions, you’ll need a place to store them. If you only have a few, keeping cigars in a Ziploc bag isn’t a bad idea. The plastic seal keeps them from drying out and helps them maintain their flavor. But if you have a big collection, you might want to consider investing in a humidor. A humidor is a special box that maintains the precise temperature and humidity level needed to keep cigars in like-new condition. Talk to our experts at Emporium Tobacco & Gifts about which humidor is right for you.

Whether you’re a first-time smoker or you’ve been smoking cigars for decades, Emporium Tobacco & Gifts is your go-to smoke shop! We carry a huge selection of cigars in Rutland, VT for all types of smokers—come in today to check out our inventory.

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