The flavor of your cigar ...

I say the flavor of your cigar, because for me the flavor is a little different from the taste of your cigar. While taste can be explained as a chemical definition that is perceived mostly in language, flavor is actually a definition that appeals to both the language, nose and palate. In English, this distinction is made easier; cigar taste, cigar flavor.

As I shared in one of my previous articles, the language perceives 4 main flavors; bitter, sweet, sour, salty. Besides, there is a taste called "umami" in English as the fifth main taste that I usually come across in different articles I read. While describing umami, it is mostly mentioned as the taste of foods and beverages with high glutamic acid such as soy sauce and tomatoes. These main flavors are often combined with food and drink when smoking cigars; Sweet like chocolate, sour like lemon, coffee bitter or salty etc. as.

So what affects the taste and flavor of your cigar? I think even what you envision at first glance and touch affects the flavor of your cigar. Since it will be the first wrapper sheet you will see and touch, the features of this leaf will create a taste in your mind at first, and it is one of the factors that affect the taste of the cigar the most and make a difference. While the wrapper leaf makes the difference in taste, the filler and binding leaves also affect whether a cigar has a stem and its weight or lightness.


Then there is the land where that tobacco grows. It affects the color of your ash as well as the soil taste. The ashes of cigars produced from tobacco grown in quality soils are usually close to white.

These are the characteristics that come from the nature of the cigar and affect its taste and flavor. The conditions for storing your cigar after production are also the factors that determine the taste and flavor. Aging cigars with very different flavors together allows these cigars to affect each other's taste and flavor. While some find this interaction appropriate, others pay attention to storing separately flavored cigars in separate humidor. In my opinion, your preference determines which is the right one. It is also important to ensure the proper conditions while storing your cigar. Cigars that are stored and dried below 71% humidity, which is the appropriate value, develop a harsh taste, while cigars stored with excess moisture will have an acidic taste.


Finally, the environment you are in and even those around you are factors that can affect the taste of your cigar. Sometimes, even when you eat the same food with different people in the same place or with different emotions, you cannot get the taste of that first time, just like that, you can taste different flavors from the same cigar in changing environments.