Are there different types of cigar, Giuseppe?
There are five main types…
The most popular size of cigar, it can be smoked in around 45 minutes. It has a medium body with notes of toasted nuts, spiced coffee and leather. Example: Romeo y Julieta Reserve
These kinds of cigars are meant to be savoured. With a medium body, the flavour notes vary as you smoke them. Example: Montecristo White
The most standard-looking type, a corona is a great entry-level cigar. Rich yet mellow with notes of caramel. Example: Highclere Castle Edwardian
Robust cigars with a rich and heady profile. Example: Joya de Nicaragua Antano
Full-bodied cigars with flavours that change as you smoke them. These tend to have notes of coffee, spice and leather. Example: Cohiba Dominican
What are the most popular types?
It’s down to personal preference but the most popular cigars smoked at our hotel are Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2, Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill, Partagas D4, Bolivar Libertadores and Cohiba Robusto. For me, the only cigars worth smoking are from Cuba.
Where should a novice start?
Begin with a simple cigar like an H Upmann Half Corona, Cohiba Siglo 1 or a Montecristo No. 5.
Talk us through the different cigar sizes…
Some brands like Cohiba or Trinidad have their own sizes, but the most common sizes from smallest to largest are: Mareva, Corona, Robusto, Double Corona, Sublimes and Salomones.
Is bigger better?
Not necessarily. It will depend on the type of brand you like to smoke, but generally speaking, a bigger cigar can pack in more tobacco than a thinner one.
What is the ‘body’ of a cigar and does it matter?
When we talk about the body of the cigars, we mean the strength of each cigar. It definitely matters, as the bigger the body of a cigar, the stronger the cigar is.
What are the best brands to know about?
Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Partagas. If you’re after a rare, really special cigar, try Don Candido, Don Alfredo, or Cuban Davidoff Dom Perignon.
How much should you pay for a quality cigar?
Cuban cigars aren’t cheap but you don’t need to spend a fortune to smoke a good one. At The Wellesley, we stock cigars from £25 to £15,000. The rarer the type, the more expensive they are.
How do you prepare a cigar for smoking?
Firstly, prepare yourself by making sure you have a comfortable chair, your favourite drink and a book to hand. Once you’ve chosen your cigar, cut the end and light it.
Do you remove the band before you smoke it?
Personally, I don't because removing the band could damage the cigar, but it comes down to personal preference.