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Busted: Cigar Myths, What Every Cigar Enthusiast Should Know

September 08, 2023 3 min read

Every hobby has its myths, and the world of cigars is no exception. Whether you're a seasoned cigar aficionado or just starting to explore the world of cigars, it's important to separate fact from fiction. Recently, we took to Reddit's r/cigars community to identify and debunk some of the top myths related to cigars and cigar smoking. From the mildly amusing to the downright absurd, here are some cigar myths that continue to circulate:

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Myth 1: Cuban cigars are unequivocally the best in the world.

This myth often arises from both inexperienced and wealthy cigar smokers who swear by Cuban cigars. While Cuban cigars are undoubtedly excellent, declaring them the absolute best is a blanket statement that overlooks personal preferences. Taste is subjective, and what one person loves about a spicy Nicaraguan puro, another may not appreciate in Cuban cigars. Furthermore, the quality standards in countries like Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras have greatly improved since the embargo, often surpassing Cuban cigars in terms of quality. So, why do some people persist in believing this myth? For U.S. smokers, the unavailability of Cuban cigars elevates their status. For European enthusiasts, it may simply be snobbery.


Myth 2: All cigar smokers are snobs

 It's a common misconception that all cigar enthusiasts are snobbish about their hobby. Like any group of enthusiasts, there will be snobs among them, but that doesn't represent the entire community. Hollywood has played a role in perpetuating this stereotype, and there are individuals who take up cigar smoking to enhance their snobbish image.


Myth 3: Cigar smoking is for the wealthy

Another myth propagated by Hollywood is the idea that cigar smoking is a pastime exclusively for the wealthy, corrupt, or criminal. While some cigars can be expensive, many high-quality options are available for under $5 each. With wise spending, even a college student can afford cigars for special occasions or casual enjoyment with friends.


Myth 4: The darker the wrapper, the stronger the cigar.

It's easy for beginners to assume that a dark wrapper signifies a strong cigar, but this is not always the case. Dark cigars can be flavorful but not necessarily powerhouse cigars. Conversely, lighter-colored cigars can pack a serious punch in terms of strength.


Myth 5: A cigar's flavor comes from the wrapper.

While the wrapper does contribute significantly to a cigar's flavor, it's not the only factor at play. The cigar's size and shape and the blend of binder and filler tobacco also play pivotal roles in determining its taste. Cigar flavor is a complex interplay of these elements.


Myth 6 "White ash means the tobacco is high quality.

This myth stems from the misconception that clean, white ash indicates superior tobacco processing. In reality, the color of ash is influenced by the presence of calcium and magnesium, which, while important, don't solely determine a cigar's quality. Many cigars with salt and pepper ash smoke excellently, while some with white ash can be bland.


In conclusion, cigar myths can mislead both beginners and experienced enthusiasts. By dispelling these misconceptions, we hope to foster a more informed and inclusive cigar community. If you've encountered other cigar myths not mentioned here, feel free to share them in the comments. And remember, while enjoying cigars is a pleasure, keeping money in your bank account after taking up the hobby might remain a myth!