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Seasonal Cigars

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Gary KorbHave you ever noticed how many things are seasonal? Fruits and veggies, sports, ice fishing – even beers are seasonal. You might opt for an IPA or a refreshing pale ale during the summer, and a Porter or Stout during the winter. Could the same be said for premium cigars? Why not?

Using the beer example above, bolder cigars would be smoked during the late fall and winter months, while lighter-bodied cigars would be smoked during the late spring and summer. As always, it’s a matter of personal preference. So what cigars are best for smoking during different times of the year? To tell the truth, I’ve never thought about it all that much; I just smoke whatever I feel like regardless of the season. Moreover, I would guess most cigar smokers have a similar routine. Then again, there are cigar smokers who like to change things up every now and then; if not seasonally, then perhaps for a couple of weeks to a month. I tend to move back and forth from full-bodied to milder cigars. Yet, this is something I do year-round, so it’s not “seasonal” in my case.

For the sake of argument, let’s say that most cigar smokers do smoke milder cigars in the Spring/Summer months and robust cigars in the Fall/Winter months. Here’s the logic: again, going back to the seasonal beer example, during the summer, you tend to smoke more cigars. Therefore, one might prefer to smoke more mild cigars than full-bodied smokes, whereas during the winter months, one might prefer a stronger cigar. Why? It all comes down to the amount of nicotine one can handle, or for that matter, prefer. Generally speaking, smoking one or two full-bodied cigars in a sitting during the winter, would be equivalent to smoking four to five mild-to-medium-bodied cigars in the summer.

Then what about those who live in states like Florida, Arizona, or southern California? It would be unfair to assume that cigar smokers in those parts of the country are smoking mild and medium-bodied cigars year-round, because it’s not true. I think this “seasonal cigar” theory may apply more to occasional cigar smokers like those who smoke a few cigars a week. True-blue cigar smokers smoke cigars of every strength, and I think it’s fair to assume in their case, that they smoke whatever they like depending on their mood. After all, you’re always going to have cigar smokers who prefer mild and medium-bodied cigars year-round, while the same can be said for those who prefer the hard-core, headier cigars, regardless of their locale.

If you think there is any validity to this theory (or not),
or this is something that you practice, please be sure to leave a comment. In the meantime, I think I’ll do a survey about this on CigarAdvisor.com and find out what the real deal is.

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Will Hendrix
10 years ago

Living in Montana, where it is currently -8 F, I do tend to smoke less during the winter. When I do smoke in the winter, it is usually when I make an excuse to run to our town of 1500 to run errand. I drive slowly and usually smoke a full strength cigar. I smoke full strength all year just because it is my preference. Once you get used to that (for me), the medium and mild cigars have a good taste, but don’t “hit me” on all levels like the bolder, complex cigars have. I even went so far as to install a heater in my garage so I could smoke out there, but it just made the garage smell bad and all the stuff we have stored in there started to smell. I am now relegated to smoking outside in from of a propane heater, on a stool, in sub-zero temps. Therefore, I have to get the most out a cigar while I am freezing to death.

Will Hendrix
10 years ago

Living in Montana, where it is currently -8 F, I do tend to smoke less during the winter. When I do smoke in the winter, it is usually when I make an excuse to run to our town of 1500 to run errand. I drive slowly and usually smoke a full strength cigar. I smoke full strength all year just because it is my preference. Once you get used to that (for me), the medium and mild cigars have a good taste, but don’t “hit me” on all levels like the bolder, complex cigars have. I even went so far as to install a heater in my garage so I could smoke out there, but it just made the garage smell bad and all the stuff we have stored in there started to smell. I am now relegated to smoking outside in from of a propane heater, on a stool, in sub-zero temps. Therefore, I have to get the most out a cigar while I am freezing to death.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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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