A Beginner’s Guide by RHJ Cigar and Tobacco Company

Welcome to Cigar 101, your gateway to the world of cigars. Whether you’re new to cigars or looking to expand your knowledge, RHJ is here to help you understand the basics and appreciate the art of cigar smoking. Here are some key principles to get you started:


1. The Anatomy of a Cigar:

  • A typical cigar consists of three main parts: the filler, the binder, and the wrapper.
  • The filler is the blend of tobacco leaves inside the cigar, responsible for its flavor.
  • The binder holds the filler together, while the wrapper is the outer leaf that gives the cigar its appearance.


2. Cigar Sizes and Shapes:

  • Cigars come in various sizes and shapes, known as vitolas.
  • Common vitolas include Robusto, Toro, Churchill, and more.
  • Each vitola offers a different smoking experience in terms of flavor, burn time, and draw.


3. Cutting and Lighting:

  • Use a sharp cigar cutter to make a clean cut at the cap (the closed end) before lighting.
  • Lighting a cigar requires patience. Use a butane lighter or wooden matches to evenly toast the foot (open end) until it glows, then puff gently.


4. Proper Storage:

  • Cigars should be stored in a humidor to maintain the ideal humidity (around 70%) and temperature (around 70°F or 21°C).
  • Avoid storing cigars in the refrigerator, as it can dry them out.


5. Smoking Etiquette:

  • When smoking with others, be mindful of your smoke and don’t blow it in someone’s face.
  • It’s considered polite to offer a fellow cigar enthusiast a cigar cutter or light if they need it.


6. Flavor Notes:

  • Cigars offer a wide range of flavors, from earthy and woody to spicy and sweet.
  • Take your time to savor the different flavors and aromas as you smoke.


7. Pairing with Beverages:

  • Cigars can be paired with various beverages, such as whiskey, coffee, or even tea, to enhance the tasting experience.


8. Relax and Enjoy:

  • Cigar smoking is about relaxation and enjoyment. Find a comfortable spot, take your time, and appreciate the moment.


9. RHJ Cigar and Tobacco Company:

  • RHJ is your partner on your cigar journey. We offer a curated selection of premium cigars, accessories, and custom-tailored experiences.
  • Explore our range of cigars, from mild to full-bodied, and discover the perfect cigar for your taste.

Remember, cigar smoking is an art and a journey. It’s about discovering your preferences and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow cigar enthusiasts. So, relax, savor the flavors, and let the world of cigars unfold before you.

RHJ Cigar and Tobacco Company is here to guide you every step of the way. Enjoy the journey.

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