I am the farthest thing from a cigar expert. In fact, I know very little about cigars. However, I have had a cigar or two in my day to celebrate special occasions with friends. There is one stick style that is my go-to, and that is the robusto. I prefer this stick, because of its shorter nature and slightly larger ring gauge. The larger gauge makes for an easier draw, and the shorter length means less to smoke. Cigar enthusiasts would most likely cringe at that last statement, but that is just my personal preference. As with most everything else in life, smoking a cigar is about personal preference.
A robusto is a short, fat cigar that is among the most popular stick sizes in the United States. This stick ranges from 4 3/4 inches to 5 1/2 inches long. The ring gauge, or fatness, ranges from 48-52. Like any cigar, the body and flavor depend on the tobaccos used to comprise the stick. Personally, I enjoy cigars that have chocolate or coffee notes to the, just as I prefer beers with the same flavor characteristics. Be on the lookout for these:
- The first stick is Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro from Nicaragua. This cigar has a dark wrapper with notes of dark chocolate and just a hint of sweetness. Sticks like this seem appropriate as a great after dinner smoke.
- The Montecristo Classic Robusto is a smoke that I recommend as a complement to a day at the pool. This stick hails from the Dominican Republic and has a spicy, oaky characteristic to it. Grab an easy-drinking, refreshing beer to go with it and enjoy a nice day outside.
Although cigars are not a frequent part of my routine, there are some out there that I have enjoyed. Cigars are a great way to celebrate or sometimes unwind from a long day or week at work. There are plenty of sizes and styles out there to experiment with, you just have to find the one that suits you.
Patrick Miller, Beer Consultant – Palm Beach Gardens
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