Is it the cigar or am I off


We get questions from our members. Recently Albert, a long time member, asked us:

“Sometimes while smoking a familiar cigar, I sense more bitterness or other sensory impressions than usual, and I wonder if it’s actually the cigar, or in fact I am off.

I’m excluding any obvious source of prejudice like very bitter or spicy foods just before smoking.

  • Do people’s senses vary?
  • Is there a method to calibrate one’s sense of taste and aroma just before having a smoke?”

Some members of our panel discuss this and reply to Albert’s questions.



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