Buying cigars for the Holidays? Consider the new cigar smokers at the party
Why mild-bodied cigars? Hospitality. Part of being a good host is being prepared to provide the optimum celebration experience for any guest, even those who rarely smoke. Any good host would do the same when planning other aspects of a party.
For example, my sister-in-law, Katie, is a vegetarian. How she decided to marry into this family of red-blooded carnivores is still a mystery, but come Holiday season, we don't force her to eat Cajun fried turkeys or turducken (a portmanteau word for de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, then stuffed into a de-boned turkey). Instead, we make huge vats of green bean casserole (her favorite), veggies, and salad so that she can enjoy the celebration fully with us and feel included.
The same goes for cigars. Most occasional cigar smokers are not going to enjoy a full-bodied powerhouse stick. On the contrary, they are more likely to turn green and hurl than fall into rapture with such a smoke. The last thing you want to do is embarrass a guest who's a novice cigar smoker in front of guys and gals who are much more experienced. A mild-bodied premium cigar is what a good host will have available for such folks so they can enjoy the experience and feel included in the fun if they so choose.
Who knows, your hospitality might actually encourage someone to take up the hobby and eventually pursue more complex, stronger cigars. And with the way the freedom to smoke cigars anywhere is under constant attack by misguided zealots in this great country, or around the world for that matter, we can use as many cigar smokers as we can get.
So, while you're stocking up on all of your full-bodied winter smokes, don't forget about picking up some premium milder sticks as well and you will be remembered for outstanding hospitality and great Holiday spirit.
Some Good Rookie Holiday Suggestions
By Gary Korb
When it comes to turning the new or part-time cigar smoker on to the wonderful world of premium cigars, the first rule of thumb is: Never waste a good cigar on someone who may not like it or finish it. However, if you really want to introduce someone to cigars, you don't want to give them a toss-away cheapo either. I would suggest picking up a box or abundle of good, yet inexpensive mild cigars - something that you might also smoke when you're just not in the mood for something too heavy or pricey, or both. This way, if you don't end up handing them all out, they won't go to waste.
Famous Nicaraguan 2000
A mild to medium bodied smoke with a rich-tasting Nicaraguan core rolled in mild Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers. This will give them an idea of what a REAL cigar tastes like.
Famous Medium Body Sampler "F"
Although it is classified as "medium," the cigars in this set are tame enough to introduce most rookies to some excellent name brands, too, particularly the Romeo Rsv. Real, Sancho Panza, and Gran Habano. And since it's a mix, your newly-initiated friends can compare notes.
Don Tomas Special Edition Connecticut
These time-tested favorites are great starter cigars for their mellow bouquet, nutty-creamy flavor, and sweet aroma. Plus, they're all longfiller. Pick up the 5 1/2" x 46 #500 Cuban Corona (shown) or the #400 Panatelas (7" x 36). The latter are what convinced me to take-up the ritual, and just may do the same for your guests.
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles