Cigars 101

Why Cigar Aroma Matters

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Why cigar aroma plays an important role in the enjoyment of your cigar.

 

Ooh-ooh that smell. Yes, that smell that surrounds you. The smell of your cigar, that is. Why does it seem like more attention is paid to a cigar’s flavor than the aroma? I love cigars with a great aroma, and I presume many of you would agree. If you get a great aroma AND flavor, more power to you. Yet, no matter how good a cigar smells, if you’re around people who don’t care for cigars in the first place, they all smell rotten to them; even the best smelling cigar won’t change their minds.

What about when you’re smoking around your fellow cigar smokers? If one of them says to you, “What the hell are you smoking? It smells like ass,” it can take some of the wind out of your sails and you may not enjoy it as much…unless you don’t give a rat’s ass. But if they say, “Wow, what are you smoking? That cigar smells great!” you’re going to enjoy that cigar even more.

Like flavor, aroma is objective. What matters is that YOU enjoy it. Plus, I’ve never seen a cigar smoker put down their cigar due to criticism of its aroma unless it was REALLY god-awful. If a cigar smells funky but tastes great, odds are, it ain’t goin’ out, pal.

To their credit, most of the better manufacturers, both majors or boutique labels, insist that their cigars smell as good as they taste. Take wrapper leaves for example: high grade U.S. Connecticut Shade is normally sweet, while Brazilian Oscuro may smell a little heavier. A lot of it has to do with the quality of the wrapper and how well it was cured and aged. That’s why a cigar made with poor quality tobaccos will clear a room faster than tear gas.

Great aroma doesn’t just come from the wrapper, but ALL of the tobaccos in the blend. It may come from the binder or filler leaves, because what you smell also plays a big part of what you taste. The best blenders will seek the ideal mix of all the tobaccos they use in their blends to produce a great flavor and a redolent aroma.

If you want to really get down to aroma, take ACID cigars. They’re designed to have a robust fragrance. They use herbals and botanicals to achieve this, but that’s part of their allure, and an educated nose knows who in the room is smoking the ACID.

The next time you light up a cigar, pay particular attention to the aroma. If it smells great, your experience will be all that much richer.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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, 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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review the shepherd - cover

#NowSmoking: The Shepherd

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pospiech, Inc. co-founder, Mike Szczepankewicz, and Matt Booth teamed-up for The Shepherd, a limited edition one-off with a bold profile. For this review Gary dug into its undisclosed blend saying, “it’s got cojones,” but that’s not all. Watch and read what else he discovered.

Read More

The Cigar Advisor Guide to Tobacco Beetles

Reading Time: 4 minutes If left to run rampant, a cigar beetle infestation will reduce cigars to rubble. Find out what these insatiable pests are, how they got into your humidor, and what you can do to get rid of cigar beetles and stop them from coming back.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review dunbarton tobacco & trust mi querida triqui traca - cover

#NowSmoking: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Reading Time: 4 minutes This week we’re reviewing Dunbarton’s Mi Querida Triqui Traca 652. See what we think of this top-shelf maduro lover’s dream, and if it’s as bold as advertised. Watch the review to help see if this is a cigar that you can’t miss!

Read More
nowsmoking Alec Bradley Kintsugi cigar review CACover

#nowsmoking: Alec and Bradley Kintsugi Robusto

Reading Time: 5 minutes Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pieces of porcelain with gold lacquer and creating an entirely new work of art. So our question is, do all the flavors in this cigar add up to a totally unique and complex treat? Check out Gary’s review now to find out.

Read More