If you are new to cigar smoking, you may be finding it hard to know where to begin and which cigars to choose as your starting point. The cigar world can be daunting to the uninitiated but with a little guidance and a few recommendations, you’ll soon be enjoying your new hobby.
Here are a few tips for choosing a good starter cigar followed by our recommended 5 Cuban cigars for beginners.
Tips for choosing a good starter cigar
- Decide how long you want to smoke for – this will determine the size of cigar you choose
If you’re looking for a short smoke then opt for a smaller cigar. If you’ve got more time on your hands and want a longer smoking experience then choose a larger cigar.
- Select a light or mild cigar first and work your way up to a stronger cigar
Start your cigar smoking journey with a milder cigar until you know your preferences. You may find that you enjoy mild cigars overall, or you may be more of a medium-bodied or full-bodied cigar enthusiast.
- Don’t select a cigar based solely on how the packaging looks
Many cigar brands have fancy packaging and branding but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the cigar is good quality. Carry out some basic research about the various brands rather than making a decision based on how the cigar looks.
- Buy affordable cigars until you know what you like
Don’t jump in headfirst and spend all your budget before you know which cigars you like. It is best to purchase a few affordable cigars so that you have a wider range to try. And remember that mistakes will be made in the trying process.
Without further ado, here’s our pick of some good Cuban cigars that are ideal for beginner smokers.
Cuban cigars for beginners
H. Upmann is a well established Cuban cigar brand since 1844 and renowned for producing elegant, light tasting cigars. It’s Half Corona cigar is an attractive small cigar with complex flavours that are creamy with hints of coffee.
Founded in 1834, Por Larranaga enjoys a well-earned reputation for its consistency in cigar production. It’s Petit Corona Cigar is a mild and fresh cigar that is highly sought after. Its light tobacco and cedar flavours are popular with new and established smokers.
The Fonseca brand was established in 1906. Fonseca cigars are rich but mild in flavour and wrapped in an innovative way to shield the cigar for atmospheric changes. The KDT Cadetes cigar is very approachable and easy to smoke with light wood tones.
El Rey Del Mundo was founded in 1882 and is known to produce affordable, quality Cuban cigars. The Choix Supreme Cigar is a medium classic-sized Cuban cigar that offers an easy smoke for all with flavours of earth, spice and leather.
Established in the 1930s, Rafael Gonzalez cigars contain a light tasting blend of filler and binder leaves. The Petit Coronas cigar has a light woody flavour that produces a pleasing smoke.
All of our recommended Cuban cigars for beginners are available to purchase in various quantities here.