Posted on February 14, 2009 at 11:00am
A good way to tell if a cigar is really fresh or not is by giving it the "pinch" test. Very gently pinch the cigar between your thumb and forefinger in several places along the length of the cigar. It should feel firm with a little spring to it - not hard. If it feels like a piece of dead wood or if it’s excessively soft and spongy in spots, don’t buy it.