It is great if you have found the brand and blend you love and stick to it. However, you should always expand your palate so you can enjoy and experience other cigars. As you get more experience, your taste will improve.
Something that was once too strong for you will become just fine after some time. That is why you should expand your palate. You will come across many things you like and don’t like. I want to help you smoke better, so below you can find some tips on how you can develop your palate.
Why you should develop your palate
You may wonder why you need to expand your palate if you have already found a cigar you enjoy. Of course, it is great, but there are reasons why you should try something else.
Your taste evolves
For example, certain cigars are perfect for beginners, but no one would stop at the beginner cigar. You are more likely to try a few other cigars after you start smoking. With time, you will like them more and more. It happens because your taste evolves. Your palate becomes more mature so you should always try other cigars, which you will inevitably find more enjoyable.
Various flavours to try
Yes, all cigars are made from tobacco leaves and may have similar compositions, but every cigar tastes different. Expanding your palate will give you an opportunity to try cigars from Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and many other places. Also, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of styles, flavours and cigars.
Advantages of a mature palate
Several benefits were mentioned above, however, I want to tell you about some more of them.
Ability to notice notes in the flavour
When experienced smokers talk about a cigar and its flavour, you may hear them mentioning notes within that flavour. This is because they have a mature palate and can recognize a wide range of flavours. Less experienced smokers are able to recognize much less of them. If you are passionate about cigars, developing your palate is a must. Then after some time, you will be able to differentiate cigars from one another and notice all the notes.
You can improve your knowledge of cigars only by trying a large amount of them. It will help develop your palate and make your understanding go beyond the surface. To know a lot about cigars and to be a resource of knowledge to others, you will have to first experience an extensive amount of different cigars.
Pairing becomes easier
If you really understand the flavour, you will easily find the perfect pairing for any cigar. For inexperienced smokers, it can be very challenging. There are many beverages, which can pair well with the notes in a certain cigar. By extending your palate, you will be able to find the best pair for any cigar very fast.
How to expand your palate
Don’t be afraid to experiment
If you are someone who enjoys the same cigar every time, I recommend you to experience something different. Once you try a stronger cigar, you will notice a big difference. You will never know what else you like until you give yourself a chance to try something new.
Talk to an experienced smoker
If you have a friend who is quite an experienced smoker, ask him for suggestions. Hearing a friend’s opinion may give you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone. Even though your experience may differ from your friend’s view, you should still ask for recommendations. Anyway, every cigar deserves a second chance. Your taste evolves and next time you may like a cigar much more.
Look for reviews
They are quite common and there should be a review for almost every cigar. If you want to try a certain cigar, but still have doubts, learn a little bit more about it by reading some reviews. You will see what other people think about the cigar and know what to expect from it.
Try different pairings
If you have found another perfect cigar and want to stick to it for a while, you can work on pairings in the meantime. Cigars can be perfectly paired with various drinks: wine, whiskey, rum, cocktails, tea, coffee etc. Each drink will complement a cigar in its own way. Try something new and find the best pairings.
Try specific cigars for special occasions
There are many certain cigars, which are made for big occasions. When you have such an occasion coming and want to buy a cigar, ask a consultant what cigar he would suggest for such an event. The cigar’s flavour can significantly contribute to the mood and atmosphere of an event, same as spirits. This way you can also expand your cigar palate.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.