Do’s and Don’ts Of Cigar Smoking
Smoking a cigar is a simple process, however there are plenty of opportunities for small mistakes along the way. Here are some quick tips for getting the most out of your cigar, and avoiding rookie blunders.
Don’t ash. If you’ve ever smoked cigarettes, ashing is part of the process. Once ash accumulates, you tap it off. Not so with cigars! Ash insulates the burn and should be allowed to fall off naturally. Some cigars can hold an impressive amount of ash, but resist the impulse to knock it off! Sometimes just gently setting your cigar in an ashtray will prompt it to shed its excess ash. Knocking all the ash off can cause the cigar to burn too hot, which will affect the taste.
Leave the band on. Saving a cigar band is a great way to remember a smoke you loved, or perhaps you’re keeping a scrapbook of bands, but wait until you’re finished! Some bands are affixed to the wrapper, and if you take them off, it can cause the cigar to peel. If a band is clearly loose and not connected, then it doesn’t matter. In fact, removing a loose band can help you avoid it sliding down to the lit end and catching fire.
Clean your palate. A fine cigar has a depth of flavor to it, and you don’t want to ruin the experience because you chewed gum right before smoking. Let your senses start at zero, and save gum or mints for after the smoke. Always keep in mind that any food or drink you enjoy before or with your cigar are forming a pairing.
Ultimately, the way you smoke your cigar is your own way. If you want to keep a stub in your mouth to chew all day, go for it. Cigar smoking is a personal choice, so these are merely tips, not strict rules to abide by.