What are the basics of cigar smoking? How do you light a cigar? How do
you draw on the cigar properly? Do you inhale? What are the dos and
don'ts of cigar smoking? If you have ever thought about any of these
questions, read on. Here is a simple and accessible primer designed to
help you gain awareness with the sometimes confusing, always enigmatic
world of cigar smoking.
Lighting Up The Cigar
First, all new cigar smokers should learn how to adequately light a
cigar. Use a clipper aimed for cigars to clip off the edge of the head
(the section you put to your mouth). If available light the foot of your
cigar with a cedar match. Avoid regular cigarette lighters. They
produce a awful odor that can dither and ruin a good cigar. If you must
use a lighter, use butane lighter. These will keep the odor to a
minimum. Although, you should always attempt to use a wooden match
because lighters can easily taint the foot of your cigar. How do you
light up? Simply strike a match and apply the edge of your cigar over
the flame. Dodge touching the cigar to the fire, Simply apply the cigar
over the flame and draw heavily until the cigar is lit.
Burn it down to a nub?
Should you burn your cigar down to a nub? Experts advise you leave at
least two inches to your cigar. Even the finest cigars will tend to get
acidic if you let it burn all the way down. What about ashes? Should
you knock the ashes off of your cigar? Rather knocking the ashes off
the edge, let the cigar balance in the ashtray when you're not smoking
it. The ashes will fall off naturally.
Relax and Enjoy
A cigar should never be hurried. By construction, cigars should be
savored, preferably after dinner and with a glass of good brandy. hold
the cigar between your thumb and fingers anything else might be
envisaged bad taste. Also, don't inhale entirely. The smoke should not
reach your lung. This is very bad for your health, and it will not help
you taste the cigar any better. Of course, you should always be
considerate of those around you. If available, smoke in the company of
other cigar smokers. A attractive cigar can be savoured alone and even
more so with friends.