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Picking a Cigar

Michael Snedeker is a certified business coach through ActionCOACH, the world’s top business coaching franchise according to Entrepreneur Magazine. When he’s not working, Michael Snedeker enjoys riding motorcycles and collecting cigars.

Picking a good cigar is no easy matter. There are several steps to follow and unique preferences to take into account. The first thing to consider is the cigar’s body, which ranges from mild to full and should be both strong yet flavorful. The next important component is the size. Depending on the event or gathering, the cigar size should be larger or smaller in order to be fully enjoyed within given time restraints. For example, since it takes a few hours to smoke, a seven-inch cigar can be good choice for a round of golf. Remember that the length of the cigar is always given in inches and the diameter, called the “ring,” is measured in 1/60s of an inch.

Finally, be sure to look at the cigar’s rating, which is a Cigar Aficionado magazine-developed system that ranks cigars on a scale from 0 to 100. Cigars under 70 generally are not worth purchasing.

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Choosing a Good First Cigar

With many entrepreneurial tools at his disposal, Michael Snedeker uses the ActionCOACH system to encourage his clients to enjoy running their businesses. Michael Snedeker’s expertise includes team recruitment, advertising, and systems development.

In his spare time, Snedeker is a cigar connoisseur. What follows are some tips for beginners wishing to start off with a good cigar.

Finding a good first stogie is a matter of expectations. If you pay too much for a cigar you don’t like, it can affect how you feel about the next one. For this reason, spend about $5 to $8. You can find a high-quality cigar without damaging your budget.

The common advice to newcomers is to choose a mild cigar. However, if your taste runs toward strong experiences like coffee and cigarettes, you may wish to try a medium- or full-bodied brand.

If you can’t decide, try all three kinds. If you start with a mild cigar and find it unexceptional, move up to a stronger one.

Select your vendor with care. Find a tobacconist who will offer well-informed suggestions for your first smoke. Avoid gas stations and convenience stores; their cigars will be cheaper, but they will likely not be stored in humidors, which preserve flavor.