What is the first image that comes into your head when you think of 古巴雪茄? With the exception of yourself, who do you most associate with their enjoyment? In what setting is this person to be found enjoying their stick? While everyone is of course different, it is a fair bet that the prevailing image will be of a man, or men, enjoying their cigars in fine dress and fine surroundings; an image of success, excess and expensive tastes. These men will often be older, usually white and at appear to be at the end of their day, having retired to the drawing room at the end of dinner for cigars and haughty conversation.
There is nothing to say you are not justified in having this preconception – cigars have long been the luxury pastime of those with more means than many others, and the image of such gentlemen puffing away in their mansions has been perpetuated throughout various media for over XNUMX years. Many people who are not long into, or have even yet to begin, their cigar journey are still intimidated by this association, but the reality is far removed from this stereotype. Cigar beginners today can look forward to being welcomed into a community of people from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all genders, united by a love of fine tobacco.
The significance in modern life of social media and communication technology has had no less an effect on the world of cigars than any other aspect of society. Groups are found all over the internet, particularly on Instagram, offering cigar beginners advice on how to choose their first sticks, support when the breadth of choice seems overwhelming and a friendly atmosphere to enjoy as they start to explore the wonderful world of the cigar. It is high time that the go-to image of cigars being enjoyed shifted from the out-of-date picture of wealthy men’s indulgence and towards the many different moments that can be well punctuated with a delicious Habano.
Cigars are the perfect spark for good conversation
The Convivial Conversation
The one enduring, perhaps even endearing, aspect of the old image is the conviviality of the group; they are at least enjoying their cigars in company, over a good conversation. This is one element of smoking that will never go out of style, for enjoying a cigar in company can enhance the experience no end. It can serve as merely an aside to conversation, or provide the topic in itself. Hours of talk can be generated by comparing tasting notes, favourite sticks, recommendations for rare editions to seek out…the list goes on. Alternatively your cigars can serve merely as a common ground from which to start before moving discussion on to anything but smoking – music, current affairs, sport, travel are all topics which may provide the second mutual interest. No matter what you choose to cover – even if it is nothing at all – the mixing and blending of the smoke from different cigars will be representative of the exchanging of views and knowledge throughout your conversation.
罕见的雪茄，如 Montecristo Supremos，是庆祝活动的绝佳补充
尽管雪茄在任何时候都应该适合任何人，但它们确实非常适合富裕和盛大的庆祝时刻。 他们生产的手工性质，一些较大版本的纯粹身材，以及品牌的豪华制服，如 科伊巴 非常适合需要更高标准着装和更奢侈消费的场合。 一些成就或里程碑值得用一点额外的盛况和仪式来标记——稀有的雪茄，由于稀缺或费用而通常不被考虑吸烟，是此类时刻的理想补充。 有时，打开你最好的香槟，穿上让你感觉最好的衣服，点燃你一直保存的棍子是合适的。 生活是要过的，偶尔用最好的方式对待自己对灵魂有益。
虽然欢乐的吸烟必须与一些志同道合的爱好者分享，而放纵的庆祝吸烟通常会成群结队地进行，但享受单人烟杆的乐趣也一样多。 有时，我们都需要一个人独处的时间来评估生活，完全摆脱所有压力和日常生活的压力，重新集中注意力，为即将到来的挑战做好准备。 数百年来，烟草和吸烟行为一直被用来帮助这一过程。 即使是短短 30 分钟的雪茄——不需要任何昂贵或奢侈的雪茄——也足以让我们喘口气，让我们重新振作起来，再次破解让我们沮丧的生活元素。 在现代世界中，越来越多的人将注意力放在自我保健上，花时间确保自己的心理健康是当务之急。 只关注雪茄的味道以及从每一端起舞的烟雾的形状和图案，可能是做到这一点的好方法。