Rocky Patel

Keys to the City: Washington D.C.

Finding a smoke-friendly place isn't easy - even in our nation's capitol, where many a political deal has been cutover a fine cigar. Cigar Advisor's personal ambassador & concierge, Rocky Patel, has done the legwork for you: the best places to stay...must-visit restaurants for Italian, Med Fusion and Indian eats...and the "virtual wonderland of booze" that are the top-notch bars in D.C. Grab a reservation and see why there never seems to be a recession in Washington.
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The Science of Cigars: How do you choose the right cigar for you?

By Didier Houvenaghel

TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION we must logically define what the "right" cigar means. The right cigar for you might not be the right cigar for me. Tastes and colors are indeed personal. How then can we define something that is relative to everyone?

Let's try to approach the set of conditions we have to deal with to understand the concept of a cigar that is "the right," "a right," "good," "average," "poor," etc. What absolute and relative parameters influence the judgment of a cigar? This is the real question � how to be able to pick such a cigar before even tasting it. Understanding why cigars are so agreeable in certain conditions will help us maximize the chance of choose "the right one" before smoking it.

Subjectivity: The known vs. the unknown
The history between the cigar and the cigar smoker influences the perception and the desire during the selection process. A cigar is positively perceived if it is the same brand and size of previous cigars tasted from an extraordinary production year or manufacture code. Conversely, it has a negative image if the smoker has already tasted similar cigars that were poorly made and/or stored improperly.
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