A Cigar Spy Guide to cigars in Portland

Portland, known by another name “Cigar City”, is well known for the availability of a wide selection of cigars manufactured locally and abroad.

In a statewide initiative to maintain a clean and unpolluted air – a “green state” the Oregon State Legislature passed “The Indoor Clean Air Act: in 2009 which effectively bans smoking in workplaces, restaurants, bars and within 10 feet of any doorway to a public or work place.

However, Portland’s unique “walk-in-humidors” were granted limited exemptions by the law . In other words, individuals can smoke a cigar at these humidors, but a pipe can be smoked only outdoors away from the entrance or exits.

Portland has many walk-in-humidors specially built with humidity to preserve the cigars, selling many varieties of cigar brands both local and foreign.

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They also provide a comfortable cafe with cushioned chairs, wide-screen television, playstation 3 and a game table for playing cards and board games. You can make your selection of cigar, order a beer and food and smoke your cigar while watching television programs or sports channels.

When you are in Portland do check out some walk-in-humidors like McNevins Trump and El Gaucho.

The cigars sold are either machine made or hand rolled.

They are available in a multitude of flavors from the classic to the modern fruit flavored varieties.

When faced with a wide variety, one is compelled to wonder which type of cigar he should purchase. If you are smoking a cigar for the first time you are advised to choose a variety according to your preferences. According to many happy smokers, the key points to consider when selecting a good cigar are its:

  • size – the size of a cigar plays a major roles in the flavor of the cigar. A 7 inch long cigar would be ideal for longer puffs, for instance, when you want to smoke while playing a round of golf. However, the shorter cigars that are 5 inch in length with a small ring size would be ideal for those seeking temporary enjoyment. The average cigar is 5.5×42 – that is the cigar is 5 inches in length and has a ring diameter of 42/60 inches.
  • the strength – each cigar has its own strength of tobacco ranging from mild, medium to full strength.
  • the brand – another important aspect, as each brand has their own unique take on the cigars. The most popular and well known brands have maintained their standards over the years. The varieties range from Cuban, American, Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Honduras and many more. Some well known brands to name a few are: Romeo y Julieta Reserve Churchill, La Gloria Cubana Series, Camacho Connecticut and Perdumo.
  • Duration of smoke – the type of cigar you purchase depends on how long you intend smoking the cigar.
  • aroma and flavor – for novices, this is the main attraction. Cigars are available in different flavors. introduced to attract the young and the fashionable, it is now available in all cigar shops. The flavors of the classic range from creamy, leathery to earthy flavors. On the other hand the modern flavors are syrups, liquor such as Cognac and Bourbon and sometimes food products like vanilla, rum and honey.
  • rating – cigar aficionado magazine has rated cigars based on a number of factors like size, brand, strength to enable the smokers to identify a good cigar according to their tastes. Accordingly, a cigar with a rating less than 70 is considered not worth the money while cigars with a rating of 95-100 are considered Classic..
80-89Very good
70-79Average to good
Less than 70Not worthy

The ultimate aim however, is to get a cigar that gives you a memorable experience for the price you pay.