Understanding the cigar basics is crucial to truly enjoying a good cigar. To many times cigars are ruined by people that do not understand the cigar basics. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. So here are some guides for the cigar newbies out there.
Lighting the Cigar
This pre-smoke ritual is one of the most enjoyable aspects of cigar smoking. First, prime the cigar by rotating the end just above the flame, allowing equal exposure to the entire foot of the cigar. This allows the natural oils in the leaves to heat up and prevent a burning haystack of a smoke! Then, without letting the flame actually touch the cigar, hold the flame ½” from the end and draw gently while rotating the cigar to ensure an even burn. Check out our SouthPointeCigar selection of available cigar lighters!
Cutting the Cigar
To prevent a difficult or tight draw, or an unraveling of the wrapper, be sure not to cut too shallow or too deep. Using a guillotine style cutter, snip the cigar at the shoulder, where the head begins to slope toward the body of the cigar. If you prefer a punch-style cutter, simply poke the sharp end into the head of the cigar, gently twist and remove.
Smoking Cigars – When to Smoke?
Smoking a cigar is best done: anytime! Whenever it feels like a good time for a smoke, it usually is. Generally, smoking enjoyment can be optimized after a great meal. Unless you’re a long-time connoisseur or are very familiar with the cigar you are about to smoke, don’t smoke on an empty stomach, as you may experience some discomfort. Don’t inhale either – concentrated cigar smoke in your stomach is no fun. As you smoke, the flavor changes as the cigar becomes shorter, thanks to the intensity and burn of the smoke. Smoke down to the nub? Your choice, but the taste will get pretty hot and harsh down that far.
Cigar shapes belong in two categories. These categories are Parejos or Figurado. The parejos is a straight-sided cigar. The Figurado is an irregular shaped cigar. All cigars belong in one of these two categories.
You want to make sure when cutting your cigar that you get a clean cut. Knowing the tools to properly cut your cigar is important to this experience. There are four types of cigar cutters that can be used to facilitate a clean cut to your cigar. These types are Guillotine cutters, Punch Cutters, V-cutters, and Cigar Scissors.
Storing Your Cigars
The only way to preserve your fine handmade cigars is to maintain the proper moisture content and temperature. Dry cigars burn hot and harsh, and you’ll feel like you’re smoking a bundle of hay. On the other hand, overly moist cigars will give you a migraine while you draw and taste like a sour lemon! If you don’t have one, you need a humidor. SouthpointeCigar offers a variety of good quality humidors.
Countries of Origin
Every cigar has its own taste regardless of origin. Cigars are made in a number of different countries, from tobacco grown in various soils and rolled using different techniques. However, there are general rules. Here are a few characteristics of each of the best-known cigar countries:
- Jamaica – Mild
- Dominican Republic – Mild to Medium
- Honduras – Medium to Full
- Nicaragua – Full and Rich