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Judging a Cigar By Its Weight

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We all tend to judge cigars based on cost, flavor, origin and name.  However, few of us take into account the weight of a cigar.  While the weight of a cigar is far from the most important factor when it comes to the quality of your smoke, it’s still worth taking into consideration.

There are also considerations to factor in:

Often, a heavier cigar will cost more because of the fact that weight increases import taxes.  Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that a heavier cigar isn’t necessarily higher in quality.  It simply means that it cost more to transport from its country of origin to the shop from which you wish to purchase it.  Similarly, lighter cigars are generally cheaper, meaning that you can save money by going with cigars that don’t weigh as much.

Sometimes, a very heavier cigar is packed very tightly.  As you know, the tighter the pack, the tighter the draw.  If a tight draw appeals to you, a heavy cigar is your friend.  However, if you don’t enjoy putting that much effort into drawing smoke into your mouth, opt for a lighter cigar.

If a cigar is especially heavy because it’s packed very tightly, it will take longer to smoke to completion.  For many, this is a good thing as they enjoy having a cigar that lasts for a very long time.  Of course, this also means that lighter cigars may smoke much more quickly.  For some, that’s better as they don’t want to have to commit to a very long smoking session.

It’s important to keep in mind that just because a cigar is heavier than most doesn’t mean that it’s filled to the brim with exceptional tobaccos.  Many heavy cigars contain lesser-quality fillers that add to its overall weight.  Keep this in mind before choosing a cigar based on weight alone.

Many people mistakenly associate heavier cigars with higher quality.  They believe that a cigar that’s extra heavy is made with better materials.  However, this isn’t necessarily the case.  As you probably know, a cigar’s quality is determined by what’s inside rather than how much it weighs.

Sometimes, the weight of a cigar will tell you how fresh it is.  As a cigar ages, liquid evaporates.  Therefore, a lighter cigar is likely to be fairly dry.  Similarly, a particularly heavy cigar may be difficult to smoke as the tobacco hasn’t aged thoroughly.

Certainly, Consider the Weight
It’s safe to say that you should consider the weight of a cigar before purchasing it.  However, that should be only one of many factors that you consider when purchasing.  Ultimately, you want to opt for a high-quality cigar that comes from a trusted name.

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