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How to Properly Enjoy a Cigar A Guide For Beginners

by:Mayer     2020-08-26
Enjoying a premium cigar is like savoring a fine wine. Sure, you could just drink your wine straight from the bottle and have a merry old time, but you would miss out on a whole world of complexities and flavors. Frankly, you would miss the point. The same thing goes for savoring a quality cigar. Anyone can just buy a cigar at the gas station, light it up and go about their day, but that would be akin to roller-skating through an art museum and only catching a quick glance of all the masterpieces on display. To truly enjoy a cigar you have to take your time. Here are a few tips for all you beginners out there. Savor the Flavor Many cigar magazines and websites pontificate on and on about the intricate flavors of cigars and how certain flavors are more evolved than others. Take this with a grain of salt. The truth about cigar flavor is that it is all about your preference. You could be served the finest Hawaiian-style pizza in the whole wide world but if you don't like pineapple and ham it doesn't really matter how delicious the dough is. The only way to find out what kinds of cigars you like is to get out there and start experimenting. The Acid 1400cc is a sweet cigar with a distinctive taste. The tobacco is treated with over 140 different herbs, oils, and botanicals to make it unlike any other cigar on the market. Clearly, this is a taste not for everyone. If you decide that you might like something a little darker and smoother, the CAO MX2 Toro might be the way to go. The oily, fermented Connecticut broadleaf Maduro wrapper is luscious in its complexity and will offer a smoother, nuttier flavor. But really the only way to find out what you like is to experiment. Start off with a few variety packs and see what you like. Don't be afraid to try something new. Cutting Your Cigar Most premium cigars are sealed on the end that you smoke from. This means you are going to have to invest in a quality cigar cutter. You might see hard-boiled detectives biting the ends off of their cigars in the movies, but that is fiction. If you try to do this you are going to end up with a mouthful of tobacco and ruin a perfectly good cigar. There are different trains of thought when it comes to what is the best tool to cut with. Pierce and 'V' cutters are frowned upon by many cigar purists who claim that creating just a small hole on the end will cause tar to build up at the opening. This is up for debate. Still, at the start you might want to start with a nice, simple guillotine cutter. The Xikar Xi2 Fiberglass cutter is a high-quality accessory that uses double-blade action to guarantee thousands of easy and clean cuts. It can cut up to a 56-ring gauge.When you are cutting your cigar, be sure to only clip off the last 1/16th of the cap. This will prevent the wrapper from unraveling. Lighting Up Lighting a cigar is nothing like lighting a cigarette. You don't just quickly put the end in the flame and start puffing away. It is a little bit more complicated than that. Start out by putting the tip of the cigar a little bit above the flame itself. Do not actually let it touch the flame. That will make the tobacco too hot and can quickly ruin the flavor. While holding it just above the fire, slowly rotate the cigar, ensuring that every area of the tip is evenly heated up. Take your time and enjoy this part. It will soon become one of your favorite parts of the cigar-smoking ritual. Once the entire foot of the cigar is glowing red, take the end of the cigar up to your mouth for your first puff. You want to continue holding the fire almost to the tip while you take this first drag. It will get you off and running. The lighting technique you use is entirely up to you. Matches work fine, but some people like something a little bit fancier. The Table Top Lighter/Burner is a large chrome lighter that will look wonderful in your study. It uses butane and has an adjustable flame height. All of these tips are great and will be extremely handy while getting a feel for the waters of cigar smoking. But the best thing you can do is get out there and get started. A big part of enjoying a cigar isn't how you light it or cut it. The most important thing is what you do while you are smoking it. Have a cigar while sitting out in your back yard at the end of a long day and stare at the stars. Take the long way home from work and puff away while driving down a winding country road. Go for a walk through your town and light up while appreciating all of the things you take for granted. The secret to enjoying a cigar is 99% introspection and 1% technique.
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