Enjoy the taste ...
One of the most important things while smoking cigars is to be able to distinguish the different flavors that your cigar offers. I have touched upon the subject of taste - even though it has a slightly more biological aspect - in my previous articles. This time, I will present you with a flavor wheel that I think can help you recognize flavors more easily. But first, let's talk about where to start tasting your cigar first.
I recommend starting my taste with skin and eye contact first. Take a look at the texture, look and feel of the wrapper leaf. Is the leaf silky or slightly toothed? Dark or light colored? Is it with or without a vein? Is the cigar of your choice with a high or low ring thickness? In the first place, even these features will give you a lot of clues about the cigar you will smoke a little later. Do you feel the silky touch of a Cuban wrap leaf or the cogwheel of Cameroon? Does the matte leaf of the Ecuador region or the glow of the Connecticut leaf greet you? Besides, what a sound like when you roll the cigar lightly between your thumb and index fingers. You should not hear any crack in cigars that are kept well-humidified.
From this point on, when it comes to burning the tip of your cigar, what you'll be paying attention to is the color of your ash. The color of tobacco coming from quality soil becomes white. Today, unfortunately, sometimes plenty of magnesium is thrown into the soil to have white ash, which you can quickly see from the ashes that are sprinkled around quickly.
Let's get to the taste left by your cigar on tongue, palate and nose. Although there are four main flavors that can be perceived in the language - sweet, salty, bitter, sour - these and the flavors and aromas of their combination are now depicted by pairing them with other substances with these properties. In other words, sweet, vanilla-like, woody-like expressions such as pepper or hot, caramel like coffee are used quite often. I think it's done right. It allows you to share and describe the taste you have received or think you have received, without confusing the other party.
I guess that the Puro Flavor Wheel on the side will help you for this very purpose, in terms of helping you visualize the flavor you get from your cigar. As you can see, in response to the flavors that the cigar leaves on your tongue, palate and sinuses, you will also find that the flavors you have already had from what you ate or drank.
This wheel worked very well for me as I made my notes on my cigar tasting notebook. As long as you have this wheel in front of you or in your mind, my guess is that you will be able to distinguish the taste of the cigar you drink more easily. As I have often said, knowing what you are smoking and understanding it will make you more enjoyable. Have a lot of pleasure ...
Note: You can find the original English version of the flavor wheel at www.cigarinspector.com.