How to Choose the Best Smoke Shop

Choosing a smoke shop isn’t always an easy feat. What should you look for when selecting a smoke shop? How do you tell if it’s quality? Ideally, you should look for the following essential traits. 1. Variety of Products Obviously, when choosing a smoke shop, it’s critical to choose a shop that offers what you use. For instance, if you love e-cigs or vape pens, you need a shop that carries those items and accessories, but you shouldn’t just look for a shop with the inventory you currently use. Eventually, you may want to foray into shisha or explore the world of glass pipes. So that your options are open, you should choose a smoke shop that stocks a variety of products. 2. High Quality In addition to looking at what a shop carries, check out the quality of their items. Do they have items that are designed to last for the long haul or do their items look like they’ll break down quickly? If a smoke shop combines amazing inventory and top notch quality, it deserves to be your go-to shop. 3. Price Match If quality is important to you, you don’t necessarily want to look for a smoke shop with the cheapest items on display, but you do want to ensure the prices are competitive. To ensure you are always getting the best deal, look for a smoke shop that offers price matching. That means if you see an ad or a display in another shop where an item has a low price, your favorite smoke shop will match that price. That saves you money and helps...

How to Enjoy a Cigar in Charlotte: Part 2

Cut and Light Up Matters A Lot How you cut your cigar affects its flavor. Make sure that you cut correctly into the head of the stick so it does not dry out as you smoke. Ideally, a stainless steel, single blade cutter appropriately called the guillotine is used. However, a very sharp pocket knife or blade also does the trick. Never use scissors, butter knives, or your teeth to cut the cap. You risk tearing the cigar, causing it to dry out very fast when you light up. Cut the cigar with one chop, so you do not damage its shape. Using one hand, hold the cigar and place its head into the guillotine’s hole. Cut about one-eighth of an inch off the cap in a downward motion. Do it quickly so you do not tear the cigar. Many cigar smokers advise against using a lighter. While wooden matches are ideal to preserve flavor, our cigar shop has found that there is nothing wrong with using butane lighters. It is suggested that you avoid using paper matches, candles, and gas lighters. These will ruin the flavor of the cigar if you remember from part 1. Smoking Cigars the Right Way There is a right way to smoke and enjoy a cigar, Remember, cigars are not cigarettes – you should not inhale the smoke. Draw in the smoke from the stick, hold it in your mouth for five seconds to taste it, then breathe it out and try exhaling through your nose every now and then. Savor the flavors from the smoke. Do not inhale it. You also need...

How To Enjoy a Cigar in Charlotte: Part 1

Smoking cigars is a great way to mark a special occasion or relax at the end of a long day. However, there is more to smoking a cigar than lighting up, sitting back, and savoring its warmth and flavor. In order to enjoy a cigar to its fullest, you need to choose the right kind of cigar; know how to cut and light it properly; and learn where to find the best cigars on the market. At our Charlotte smoke shop we have lots of the top brands for your selection. Understanding the Different Types of Cigars If you are buying cigars for the first time, it can be overwhelming choosing the perfect brand. Instead of spending money on the first box of cigars you come across, it pays to do a little research in advance. Here are a few types of cigars that you will come across. Panatela—Seven inches in length, with a 38-ring gauge, with a long, thin shape. Corona—Six inches in length, with a 42-ring gauge diameter. The cigar has a closed, rounded head and an open foot. Torpedo—Has a closed foot, pointed head, and a bulge in the middle. Perfecto—Similar to the Torpedo, except it has a rounder shape with two closed ends. Pyramid—Has a closed head that is gently pointed at the tip. Culebra—Made of three Panatelas that are braided together, giving it a thick, rope-like appearance. Start Mild and Slow Unless you have been smoking cigars for a while, it is advisable to start your cigar journey with a mild blend, and do it slowly. Sample a stick of different mild cigars to...