“Mild,” “medium,” and “full-bodied” cigars: What’s the dif’?

Q. What is the difference between mild, medium and full-bodied cigars?
– Keven

A. If you’re talking about strength profiles, the terms are pretty much self-defined.

The smoke from a mild cigar would be light on the palate. The smoke from a medium-bodied cigar would be a little heartier, and generally speaking, have more flavor, too. A full-bodied cigar would have stronger tobaccos, taste much more robust on the palate, may even be more complex in flavor, and perhaps be a little spicier as well.

That said, keep in mind that flavor and strength are separate entities. You can have a mild cigar with a lot of flavor and a full-bodied cigar with very little flavor. As always, it comes down the to blend and what you’re looking for in a good cigar.

As your palate becomes more accustomed to the flavors in various tobaccos over time, it will gravitate toward more “full-flavored” cigars. IOW, the “body” of the cigar will eventually become more of a non-issue as you discover more cigars that best suit your personal taste preference.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

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.

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