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Palate changes

Q. I have been smoking cigars now for 13 years. I smoke one cigar per day, and have since the beginning. It’s usually a toro size, but sometimes it’s something smaller. It seems I have developed what I call “cigar mouth.” On the upper inside of my mouth it is starting to feel as though I’m wrinkling right around where I place the cigar to draw on it. What feels like creases are starting to feel deeper. I would like to draw on your experience as a long time cigar smoker and find out if this is natural as one continues to enjoy cigars or if there is cause for concern here?
– Kirk in Lincoln, NE

A. As far as the physiological effects of your palate are concerned, since I’m not a doctor, I can’t speak to that. Moreover, I haven’t noticed any change in my palate as a result of smoking so many cigars over the years. If you’re that concerned, no doubt the best cource of action would be to see a physician.

What I can tell you is something most experienced cigar smokers tend to agree upon with regard to the palate in general, which is, you tend to develop a taste for more full-flavored cigars over time. There are some cigars I smoked years ago that were too strong for me at the time, but which I now consider more medium-bodied, or mild in some cases.

If anyone reading this question feels qualified to comment on Kirk’s condition, please send me an email, and I’ll post a follow-up.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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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