|How to Smoke a Cigar
Most of us can remember the day we were handed our first smoke and we had no clue how to go about it, I remember I was embarrassed, that my friends will notice that I no nothing about the brown stick I am holding. I hope that our step by step “beginner rules” below can help you be more at ease than I was my first time:
Step 1 Inspect the cigar correctly
When purchasing a favorite cigar, pick it up and inspect the wrapper. Then gently check its freshness-the cigar should be resilient to the touch and crackle finally, I suggest buying a new, unused cigar from a Reputable Cigar Retailer (RCR). Not too expensive. Don't let them jerk you around on the price, either. Tell them you're from ASC and demand the standard discount
Step 2 Find a place suitable to cigar smoking
I have found, to my great surprise, that this excludes libraries, airports, and most amusement rides at Disney World. If you live in Oakland, CA, or Madison, WI, you're pretty much screwed, so don't even think of smoking.
Step 3 Moisten carefully
Remove the cigar ring (if desired). Gently moisten the cap with your lips. If you prefer, use cognac. Moistening the cap keeps the wrapper from unrolling.
STEP 4 Holding the Cigar
Do not hold a cigar between your index and middle finger like a cigarette, instead hold it between your index finger and thumb. Should I remove the band from the cigar before lighting it? It is a personal choice to remove the band of the cigar, but be aware that in certain places it is considered rude to advertise the brand you’re smoking. If you decide to take off the band, wait until you have smoked the cigar for a few minutes. The heat will make the gum on the band less adhesive and easier to remove without tearing the delicate wrapper.
STEP 5 Cutting the Cigar
The pleasurable ritual of smoking a cigar begins with cutting it. Most modern experts agree that the best way to cut the head of your cigar is with a guillotine-type cutter. Never use your teeth, a knife, or your fingernail. The cut should be careful, clean, and crisp, without any damage to the cap
STEP 6 Lighting the Cigar
You can light a cigar with a gas lighter or matches, but a gasoline lighter will affect its taste. You can find special cigar matches, which light up slowly, but an ordinary match will do. The most important thing is to take your time to light your cigar. Hold the cigar horizontally in contact with the flame. Rotate the flame around the foot of the cigar (the open end) until it starts to burn, then puff lightly. Make sure the burn is regular to avoid one side from burning faster than the other. Exhale gently over the foot of the cigar to assure a regular combustion. Some like to use a piece of cedar to light their cigars. Next time you buy a box of cigars, break off a piece of the cedar between the layer of cigars and try lighting your cigar with it.
Step 7 puff the cigar
After lighting the cigar, gently blow on the foot until it glows evenly. Then take a slow, first puff. It is important that the cigar burn evenly. The rolling action lights the wrapper and the binder and releases their aromas upon the first puff.
Step 8 finishing a cigar
If the cigar goes out and gets cold, cut off the foot and relight it. If the cigar is still warm, just relight it and continue puffing. But the cigar should not be shorter than half its original length. Never let a cigar go out to save it for later-it will never taste as good again. "A dead cigar is like dead love-it is hard to rekindle and never as good as before."
More important Tips
Inhale a Cigar
Smoke the cigar slowly, with little puffs, not deep inhalations, and savor the smoke. Slow smoking helps the aroma develop better. It is said that a harmonic state of mind also helps the aroma develop better. Remove the cigar from your mouth between puffs so that the cap does not get soggy. A wet cigar not only looks bad but tastes bitter. The ash should never be longer than a thimble.
To really appreciate your cigar, smoke slowly and not draw too frequently, which will heat it and spoil the taste. You should take about a puff a minute. To smoke a corona should take about one half hour, and the bigger cigars such as a Churchill or a Double Corona can take more than an hour.
Do not worry, this is normal, especially if you have smoked more than half of it. Make the ash fall and light it up while burning the end of the wrapper. Next, exhale to chase out the cold smoke and light up your cigar as you would a new one. By doing this, you can smoke a cigar until two hours after you put it off; after two hours the whole cigar will have acquired the taste of the cold smoke. The longer sizes can be smoked the day after if less than half of it has been smoked.
Do not remove ash by tapping
I will admit that I have been guilty of this because it is fun to see how long you can keep the ash! When removing ash, do not tap it off as you would with a cigarette. Instead, carefully roll the ash off using the edge of the ashtray. This minimizes damage to the cigar and its glow. This is also a part of cigar etiquette and savoir-faire, which requires that the smoker show respect for the cigar. It is generally considered amateurish to tap off the ash.
That is because the better the cigar has been made the longer the ash. However, it is not necessary to shake the cigars to make the ash fall prematurely, nor is there need to try to keep it as long as possible: too long, it obstructs the airflow and irregular combustion develops. I will admit that I have been guilty of this because it is fun to see how long you can keep the ash!