Although taste is not one of the most powerful senses in the human being, it is of vital importance. Through it, we perceive the flavors of food and other substances that we consume, without the enjoyment of which, life would be less pleasant.
Although the taste buds located on the tongue are the key receptors to recognize and perceive flavors, when we smoke a cigar, the sense of taste combines with that of smell, allowing the flavors to develop and accentuate more. In this way, our ability to identify and taste the very varied and sometimes complex flavors present in a quality cigar is enhanced.
Although a person can perceive an immense number of different flavors, what he really detects are combinations of only five basic flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and umami. Of course, not all flavors are necessarily perceived when smoking a cigar, since it will depend on the type of tobacco that is being tasted and how easy it is for the smoker to detect them. But, in general terms, we could say that, in a quality cigar, it is possible to perceive a harmonic combination of flavors, some of which are not easy to describe.
Let's look at some of the most common, but not before clarifying that to taste a cigar, the smells present in the smoke that emanates from it are of the utmost importance, because the smell is capable of perceiving hundreds of aromas, which undoubtedly enriches the experience.
Sweets or chocolate: these are basic flavors typical of tobacco leaves, although some are more caramelized and others are more toasted. These flavors appeal to many smokers and in some way explain the success of many Nicaraguan cigars, which have made their way into international markets due, in part, to their sweet and chocolatey flavors.
Earth, wood or leather: these flavors, very common to find, are a reflection of the components of the soil where the tobacco plants were grown. Sometimes they are combined with woods such as cedars, oaks and eucalyptus, as well as other deeper plant flavors of moss and grass.
Spicy: these are flavors related to herbs and cooking spices such as cinnamon, anise, cloves, pepper and nutmeg. These flavors are usually detected in intense and strong cigars, such as the legendary Montecristo.
Fresh and dried fruits: the flavors of fresh fruits are not very frequent to find, although they can be present above all in a subtle way and at the end of the smoke. However, in many cigars it is possible to detect various flavors of nuts, in particular almonds and peanuts.
We cannot fail to mention that to fully taste a cigar it is necessary to wait until the end to have the experience of what is known as an aftertaste; a term that refers to the enjoyment of flavors that persist even after you have finished exhaling the final smoke.
You were wrong if you thought that to enjoy a tasty cigar it was enough to light it and smoke it. But don't worry because you can learn to develop your palate.