Last week we were asked how much of an impact the gauge of your cigar has on its flavor. To explain, we take a left turn into the realm of tex-mex food.
The Answer is quite simple:
A great reference for information regarding what a blender thinks about when putting a cigar together can be found in our episode featuring Patrick Potter from Tabac Trading Co.
Very generally, much of the flavor found in a cigar comes from the outer leaf. So the smaller the ring gauge, the more the flavors of the outer leaf will come forward, because there is not as much filler.
To explain this correlation a little more simply, we dove into a conversation about tacos… you heard me.
I’m going to switch it up slightly from the exact conversation had in the episode, but think about it like this:
If you have a taco with a smaller shell, you are going to taste the shell more prominently than you would if you were having a burrito because less fillings are able to fit inside. Contrarily, a burrito’s shell is often overshadowed by its fillings, because there are SO much of them.
To bring it all together:
With tacos, you typically want to taste the filling over the shell, but with cigars the opposite is true.
We all have our own sweet spot when it comes to what feels right on our palate, but if you are looking to taste the outer leaf that was chosen as the prominent flavors for your cigar, stick to a smaller ring gauge.
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