Hardness, Body and Taste
While discussing or evaluating the cigars we smoke in our chat rooms, we are talking about their hardness, body and taste. Once again, I want to talk about what distinguishes these three from each other. Unfortunately, sometimes these can get confused very easily.
There are some points that you can immediately understand from the first moment you light your cigar. The first of these is the hardness of your cigar, as well as the taste you get at the moment of being dressed. In reality, the hardness or softness is a matter of the nicotine content of the cigar. The more nicotine is, the harder the cigar is. I personally do not recommend you to smoke such cigars especially in hot weather and on an empty stomach. You put a lot of strain on yourself and your body just because you will enjoy it. Overdose of nicotine will cause nausea and dizziness, beware!
Second, the body of your cigar discussed in the review. In this physical sense, it is a term that indicates how simple or complex flavors your cigar can give you while you smoke, rather than its body. You can remember the same phrase from wine tastings. Cigars that offer more complex and different flavors per smoking are called bodied. Others are called softer or lighter bodied.
Finally, let's talk about the taste you get. I have touched on this subject more or less in my past articles. As you may remember, I even shared a Wheel of Flavor. Today, the taste you get from cigars is depicted by flavors other than tobacco, often paired with what you have eaten before. Black pepper flavor, slightly leathery or grassy, vanilla or caramel sweet etc. Remember, these should not be flavors given by artificial flavors, but flavors that come from the leaf's own characteristics and create that feeling in you.
I hope that knowing these differences will help you to visualize them in your future evaluations and discussion environment.
Finally, let's talk about the taste you get. I have touched on this subject more or less in my previous articles. I even shared a Flavor Wheel, as you may remember. While the taste we get from the cigar is the chemical perception on the tongue, the aroma is often depicted with aromas that you associate with what you have eaten before, except for tobacco. Black pepper flavor, slightly leathery or grassy, vanilla or caramel flavor etc. Remember, these should not be the aromas you perceive as a result of artificial flavoring, but the aromas that come from the leaf itself and create that feeling in you.
I hope knowing these differences will help you visualize them in your future evaluations and discussion.