The following is from my own personal experiences/opinion…..
Ever since I started smoking I have taken a liking to trying out different foods. Why? You ever pick up some flavors in a cigar and can’t pinpoint what it is? I have. In fact, it’s happened to me on many occasions and can be frustrating. Then, maybe a week or two later, you’re eating a dish and all of a sudden it hits you right in the face. Cinnamon! (or oregano, nutmeg, jalapeno…you get the idea). I’ve learned to try new dishes because they help to identify new flavors in a cigar.
Maybe the cigar is just leathery or dark chocolate dominates the overall flavors but there will be times when a cigar becomes really complex and when someone asks you about your experience, all you can say is, “it’s a good cigar”. Now, there is nothing wrong with using a blanket term for rating a cigar or it’s flavors but we all know that every one of us has a different cigar as their own personal favorite. It usually isn’t based upon on how well the cigar was rolled or how even the burn is but moreso the fundamental aspect of the flavors. For me, as long as the cigar holds together and burns decent, it’ll be one of my favorites if the flavor profile matches my preferences.
Next time you make dinner or go to some classy joint, try a new dish. Maybe even add some new spices. Who knows, maybe it’ll hit you like it did to me plenty of times. Smoking a cigar is a wonderful experience and it has certainly opened me up to a whole new world of flavors.