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Beginner Cigar Guide - Don’t be FOOLED

28th Nov 2022

Hi, and welcome to another episode of Mondays with Mardo's. I'm Gerard, and this week we're going to get right into the beginner cigar guide. The title is Won't Be Fooled. But before I get going, I need you to click on the subscribe button, click on the bell to be notified every single week of new episodes on Mondays with Mardo's.

What are we talking about when we say don't be fooled? I'm going to read off a little bit right here. It says, "Best part about getting into cigars is creating your own path of finding what you like and do not like." Here's a big tip I can give you guys. When it comes to cigar reviews and cigar ratings, I want to get so locked into that, especially when it comes to the hint and the notes of the cigars. What is earthy to me is completely different to what is earthy for somebody that lives on the East Coast.

Earthy for me is Santa Ana winds. Very dry weather, we don't get a lot of rain here, we get a lot of wind from the ocean, so I get a lot of salt in the air. So therefore, earthy is a lot different for someone that lives on the East Coast that has experience of all four seasons. A lot more foliage, they have snow, they have rain, they have a lot more humidity during the summertime.

So if I smoke a cigar and I say earthy, it's going to be not so earthy for somebody that's on the East Coast. It's just going to be a big differentiation of the notes of earthiness. So the best thing you can do is set a budget. Set your budget of what you want to spend on each cigar, right? If it's a $10 cigar, stay within that market and try every single one of them. If a cigar is too strong, make sure that you have a little bit of sugar, so therefore you don't get woozy, right? Nicotine can sear the sugar in your bloodstream, so if you replace that with a little bit of sugar packet, or if you have Coca-Cola, go ahead and do that so you don't get nauseated. And if it's really, really too strong, just don't smoke it and don't ever repeat it.

I assure you, if you find a cigar that is amazing, you're never going to forget the name of that cigar, or it's going to sear in the brain, and you're always going to be chasing that dragon and you're be searching for that brand. But for you to write down notes for every single cigar, you liked it, didn't like it, it's going to be a lot. Are you going to always carry that diary with you everywhere you go? Not really.

So I would just keep it very plain and simple. If you want to get very geeky and nerdy all about it later on into your smoking career or your hobby, do so. Might as well. You know what I mean? I'm not trying to take away from anyone. But what I'm trying to say is that if you smoke a cigar and it's amazing, you're never going to forget that cigar. So don't worry about, "Oh, I'll forget the name of it." You're going to end up keeping the band, you're going to look at the band multiple times, you're going to make sure that you can always look for this cigar.

Other than that, that's my input. Let me know yours and the comments. I'll see you guys next week. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram, and like us on Facebook. I said that totally backwards, but it worked. See you guys.