Eat, Drink, and Smoke Just Like a King

November 25, 2011 0 Comment Cigaranado

Cigar SmokingA fine dining meal when paired with the right type of wine can be a truly magical experience. Think of how we have all savored each sensation on our tongues. Now, imagine introducing a third element to this experience that will only serve to make it more memorable. What is the magical element that will make your next meal an euphoric experience? It is the simple addition of the right cigar, and I am going to teach you how to choose just the right one to accompany your next meal.

The results of mixing the right food, wine, and cigar can allow you to dine in a truly “kingly” fashion, but it’s important avoid the pitfalls of incorrect chemistry among these three different elements. Here are three tips for finding the right combination of elements!

If you are eating a rich meal or drinking a rich wine, then I would recommend that you choose a bold cigar. As a general guideline, I’ve found that the heavier your meal is, the stronger the flavor of your cigar will need to be. A bold cigar paired with a heavy meal is akin to finding the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. On the other hand, if you are keeping your meal light, then look for light to medium flavored cigars. For example,

Decide exactly when you are going to smoke. Smoking a cigar is an experience that should be enjoyed, so clear an hour out of your schedule to devote solely to the experience of smoking your cigar. There are some individuals who choose to smoke only for special occasions, while others choose to smoke a cigar on a daily basis. If you smoke a cigar on a semi-regular basis, then you should reserve your stogie for after dinner. Otherwise, you run the risk of being unable to fully enjoy the flavors of your meal.

Follow your instincts and/or taste buds when it comes to choosing cigars. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the ring gauge of the cigar you choose, the more complex and robust its flavor is going to be. Additionally, the color of the wrapper of the cigar is going to affect the flavor of the cigar. In general, the darker the color of the wrapper, the heavier and more full bodied the flavor is going to be. Newcomers to the world of cigars are encouraged to start with light to medium bodied cigars and work their way up from there.

The process of learning to smoke just like a king is as simple as that. Each individual has different tastes, and it will take some amount of experimentation to find out what works best for you. Just follow these simple tips I’ve given you and use a little common sense with your choices, and you are guaranteed to come across the magical combination that works best for you. Just make sure that you invest in a high quality humidor to protect your cigars once you have found the winning combination. With the right cigar in hand, nothing can stop you.


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