When you buy cigars from a cigar store, you are purchasing cigars that have already been aged to some extent. That is a totally different experience from what the first tobacco-smoking experiences were hundreds of years ago. You wouldn’t have seen Native Americans putting up tobacco barns for drying. They simply rolled and smoked what was the predecessor to today’s cigars and cigarettes. Could you do the same and create a fresh-rolled cigar and then smoke it? Yes, you could. However, it is important to note that there is a short window of opportunity involved. Once you get past about 24 hours, you wouldn’t want to smoke the cigar without allowing it to age. The impurities and ammonia need time to be released, or you’ll have a very foul-tasting cigar.
If you miss the short span of time that you can smoke cigars after freshly rolling them, you’ll need to properly store your cigars for two to three months at the very least. Extended aging is a technique used by many top cigar brands to further improve the flavor and smoking experience. Cigars are much like wine in this regard, and it takes experience to know what the perfect amount of aging is to develop peak flavor. Many premium cigars are aged a minimum of two years and could have been aged seven years or longer.
At Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, we offer a wide variety of top cigar brands that are well-known for quality and flavor. With premium and boutique cigars, as well as a cigar lounge so you can sit down and enjoy your cigar and meet up with friends, this is a popular place for both men and women who enjoy smoking cigars. Stop by today to learn more.