How did you develop your Flavor Palette?
Hi Fellow Cigar Enthusiasts,
I hope you are all well and safe. Today I smoked my first premium cigar - Olivia Connecticut Robusto and had a very underwhelming experience. As with all of the other "gas station" cigar experiences I've had, the cigar tasted like mild tobacco and I picked up no flavor notes of cream or light coffee. I tried the retrohaling method and also let it burn slowly (30-45 seconds per pull) and still had no luck.
What do you do to actually taste differences in cigars and make it more enjoyable? I see other newbies smoke flavored and infused cigars such as ACID, CAO, or Isla Del Sol but this seems like a very non authentic way to smoke. How do you go about choosing the right cigar and how do you taste the notes suggested by the experts? Not expecting the cigar to taste like a cup of coffee but I would think each cigar has some sort of distinct flavor? Is it just a matter of trail and error?