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Smoking a Cigar

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 faintly.

Moisten and clip 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.

Next, clip the cigar. Cut or clip a sufficiently large opening. This gives the cigar a more even draw. (Some cigars are pre-clipped.) A cigar clipper is helpful for this purpose.

The cut is made so that part of the shoulder, i.e. the tapering part, remains. There are many types of cigar clippers depending on one's preference and taste, although some are for machine-made and some for hand-rolled cigars.

After blowing the cut clean, it is time to light the cigar.

Light carefully before the first puff

Light the cigar by twisting it over a clean flame. (Do not light it in your mouth.) Cedar matches are best because they add extra seasoning before the first puff. Butane lighters or ordinary matches are also excellent choices, but the match head should be completely burned. It is a complete waste to light a cigar with a gasoline lighter or with waterproof or wax tipped matches. Nor should a candle be used. (The cigar can easily acquire a wax flavor and absorb gasoline fumes.)

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.

Do not inhale deeply

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.

Do not remove ash by tapping

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.

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."

To extinguish a cigar: Never stub out a cigar. Simply set it aside and let it go out with dignity.

Article Courtesy of Cigarado.com
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