Choosing a cigar for the first time? Read our guide on how to pick the right one

Getting into cigars can be a daunting task, walking into a cigar merchants for the first time, choosing the right cigar for the first time and all the complicated bits that go with actually smoking that chosen stogie… How to light it? Where to cut it? What do I do if it burns unevenly? These are aspects that confused even the most distinguished aficionados at the beginning.

Below you will find our top tips for buying your first cigars:


Stick to a reputable tobacconists

Buying from a fine tobacconist has many advantages and also allows you to build a relationship with the staff. You will also have peace of mind in knowing that your cigars have been stored in the most optimum of conditions and cared for in the most careful way, allowing you to enjoy your stogie to its full potential. The staff will also be able to guide you on what to choose and may even reveal some of their own personal smoking tips.

Havana House has a selection of shops that stock a wide range of premium cigars as well as running a cigar shop online. Once you become familiar with what cigars you enjoy, you can order them straight to your door with just the click of a button.


Purchase a selection

When you’re just starting with cigars, you won’t know what you like, and your preferences will develop and evolve all the time. It’s a good idea to buy a selection so you can try out different cigars, we suggest Ross’s cigar selection or the Miami Vice cigar selection.


Go for milder cigars at the beginning

For someone new to cigars, full-bodied smokes can be overpowering and could put you off cigars from the get go, one of the most common cigar tips for beginners is to choose mild cigars, we suggest sampling some stogie’s from Hoyo de Monterrey as they are favoured by beginner smokers as they are mild, complex and not at all intense. Each cigar still features rich, interesting flavours, with some creaminess. Interestingly, aficionados of the cigar scene are also fond of the Hoyo brand for the quality of tobacco used in all of their cigars.


Don’t break the bank

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for, and the same is true for cigars. But as a new comer to the world of cigar smoking there is no need to break the bank for a top quality cigar. Havana House has a fantastic selection of cigars for under £10, some of our favourites are the Hoyo De Monterrey Du Maire Cigar and the Montecristo No.5.

You can increase your budget as your palate evolves and you start to enjoy a more robust smoke.



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