Virtually all cigar aficionados enjoy the practice because of the rich and
varied flavors one observes when smoking, although some eschew the
connoisseurial qualities in favor of other factors. For those drawn by taste,
each brand and type of cigar carries different qualities of taste. Generally,
cigars with lighter colored wrappers are milder in flavor and have less of a
smoky aftertaste. Darker wrappers are typically richer in flavor, although the
specific flavors are not unique to any particular style or type of tobacco.
Unlike cigarettes, cigars taste very little of smoke, and usually very much of tobacco with overtones of other tastes. A fine cigar--especially one of Cuban
origin prior to 1990--can have virtually no taste of smoke whatsoever.
Some of the more common flavors one observes while smoking a cigar include:
Non-smokers subjected to second-hand cigar smoke typically describe the smell in
far less flattering terms--one comparison being to a charnel house on fire.
The most ardent enjoyers of cigar smoking will sometimes keep personal journals
of cigars they've enjoyed, complete with personal ratings, description of
flavors observed, sizes, brands, etc. The qualities and characteristics of cigar
tasting are very similar to those of wine, Scotch, beer, cognacs and tequila.
Within a given specification, there are endless varieties. This dynamic is part