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“Strong” vs. “Green” Cigars

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Q. How can you tell the difference between a strong cigar and a “green” cigar? Will a strong cigar make someone light-headed and a “green” cigar make you nauseous?I had an Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Robusto the other day early in the morning, and it is the first cigar to ever give me a little buzz. Any info would be appreciated.Thanks!
-Craig Hyman

A. I prefer to use the terms “full-flavored,” or “full-bodied” instead of “strong,” and the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte cigars, although medium in body to my palate, could give you a little “kick in the head” depending on your tobacco tolerance level. I know that whenever I smoke the Rocky Patel Honduran Classic Maduro Double Corona cigar I always feel heady afterwards, or to put it another way, a bit “stoned.” I believe it also has a lot to do with the size of the cigar, but in your case, it could have been because you smoked it early in the morning. Even though you don’t inhale a cigar the nicotine still gets into your bloodstream.

A “green” cigar is usually one that hasn’t been properly aged, and they can also make you somewhat sick. However, a green cigar will often have an ammonia-like taste, or a moldy taste, which should tell you right there that you ought to put it down, and the sooner the better.

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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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