In the eyes of the public, a cigar is a symbol of refined taste and position. Unlike a cigarette, a cigar gives the smoker social legitimacy, and do to it properly you need to know how to smoke a cigar.
It is widely believed that cigars produced in Cuba are unrivaled. Many experts say they are competing with the best deals from Honduras and Nicaragua. A cigar is made of hand-wrapped tobacco with plenty of nicotine prepared for smoking.
Like good wines, the taste of the best tobacco depends on the soil and the climate in which they grow. Plantations outside Havana and in the neighboring western province of Pinar del Rio cultivate top-quality tobacco. Also, most cigars produced in the largest Caribbean island are hand-rolled and aimed at a first-class market. This has made Cuban cigars famous for centuries.
Quality cigars are still made by hand. An experienced craftsman can produce hundreds of remarkable, almost identical cigars a day. Masters keep the tobacco moist, especially the wrapper. They use designed sickle-shaped knives to and process the leaves from which filling and wrapping are made. When rolled, the cigars are placed in wooden molds where they are dried and where their ends are cut to be of equal size.
The anatomy of a cigar
The first step in knowing how to smoke a cigar is to know the anatomy of it. The cigar body consists of three parts: filler (core–inner part), a binder (a wrapper around the inner part), and a wrapper (an outer wrapper around the filler and binder). The wrapper is an outer leaf that holds all the cigar pieces together. Binder is a wrap around the inside, filler, or most important part of a cigar. The cigar also has a cap, a piece you put in your mouth, a footer. A part that you burn, and a band or a sticker bearing the brand name.
These are usually special occasions when you smoke cigars:
- Weddings, especially yours. Weddings are the best cigar-smoking opportunities and where cigars are almost inevitable. Celebrate with family and friends. Smoke any cigar, even cigars wrapped in “Just Married” envelopes. Weddings are the best photo opportunities, with a cigar in hand;
- Birth of a baby. Is a common opportunity for a new father, with a quality cigar, to share this happiest moment in life with his family and friends;
- New job, promotion or big success;
- New Year’s Eve — the old year goes by, greet her, and welcome the new one with a quality cigar in your hand;
- Poker night — some people buy and store cigars for good luck with a bet, to smoke it after they win.
- After a delicious dinner. After enjoying the perfect meal, you need to relax with a fine cigar and dessert drink.
As you enjoy the perfect tailored suit, as comfortable as it is elegant, the closest friends, a leather armchair that exudes history, with a fireplace where the fire is cracking, in your hand a glass of whiskey as old as you are. You turn and open the box with your favorite cigars and choose the one whose flavor would be best for you right now. Whether in the winter or summer with quality champagne, for a modern gentleman, enjoying cigars is one of his favorite hobbies.
How to smoke a cigar like a gentleman
You don’t become a gentleman only by wearing a suit, keep in mind that cigar smoking is not as banal as smoking a cigarette. Just as a true gentleman always works on himself, so smoking a cigar is a pleasure-satisfying process. From choosing a cigar in the shop, to combining it with the right drink, to burning it, to enjoying the cigar taste yourself.
If you would like to discover this hobby, just keep on reading and discover how to smoke a cigar like a gentleman. We provide you with guidelines to ensure that the first experience is of high quality, you can decide whether you like smoking cigars or not.
The first step is to find the right place to buy your cigars. You want it to be the primary activity because only such stores will keep the cigars in the right way. Handmade cigars are healthier because they do not have any additives that are put into some factory-made cigars. The tobacco in them is clean, and the paper and glue that holds the cigar are also made of tobacco.
If you are choosing cigars for the first time, we recommend finding a compromise between the flavors you generally like and the strength of the cigar.
The first and basic rule do not inhale the smoke. No one inhales it. Also, do not smoke too fast. The cigars are designed to be slowly smoked and to be enjoyed relaxed. On the other hand, if you are too slow, the cigar will go off or burn. Once done, do not extinguish the cigar like a cigarette. Leave it aside and it will extinguish.
Another rule worth mentioning is to remove the cigar brand before smoking. No need to advertise the manufacturer, or to show how much your cigar is worth. This rule is still used by some cigar users, but it has faded over time. Most consumers just want to know whose cigar you smoke.
How to perfectly cut a cigar
To start smoking a cigar, it is necessary to cut the end first. There are many tools used to handle cigars. Respect your cigar and make a nice cut of your favorite shape that will make your experience even more beautiful. True consumers will never let anyone else preparing them a cigar, cut it, and burn it. It is a part of the intimacy and experience of cigar smoking that makes it unique.
Unless you have a sharp cutter, the cigar will fall apart. Cutting requires some exercise. If you cut too little, you will not be able to pull the smoke well. And if you cut it too much, the cigar could fall apart. For beginners, the most ideal solution is a guillotine cutter. Place it on the table, it’s easier and more precise to determine the location of the cut.
How to light a cigar
Learning how to light your favorite cigar is a really important step in the experience of smoking cigars and you need to know how to do it properly. Of course, like everything else when it comes to cigars there are rules and little rituals in lighting cigars. First, never touch the cigar directly with a flame, but light it above the flame. Second, of course, cigars do not burn the same as cigarettes. They are much larger in volume and surface that burns, therefore, as you expose it to the flame, turn it slowly to light it evenly over the entire surface.
Choose anything other than a regular lighter. A regular cigarette lighter not only does not fit into the entire cigar ceremony, but it can also cause the taste of tobacco to change chemically. The best choices are matches or choose a torch lighter.
Hold the cigar in your hands, not your mouth. Blow slowly to distribute the embers properly over the entire surface of the cigar. It may take some more trying, especially if the cigar is made of oily tobacco. These leaves are usually darker to black and more difficult to burn.
When you light a cigar and pull the first smoke, you should rest for thirty seconds to calm the embers. To enjoy cigars, you need to let the cigar cool down between two smokes to calm the embers. Consuming cigars involves enjoying a taste left by the carefully guarded selection of tobacco and should be fully felt. Cigar consumption involves a great deal of hedonism.
Just how do you hold a cigar?
Never squeeze a cigar. It would damage the sheath which is carefully selected and stored. The flow of air through the cigar can also be disturbed, this must not happen. True cigar users usually hold the thumb on one side and the index finger or middle finger on the other.
What about when a cigar goes off? Simply turn it on again until the enjoyment is over. It happens to even the most experienced enjoyment.
As for ash, half to one inch (2.5 cm) of ash is enough or ideally. Ash also serves as a filter, allowing you to draw in slightly cooler cigar smoke. When you reach that limit, gently transfer the ashes to the ashtray. You can even rotate the cigar/ash onto the ashtray walls to gently drop and form a neat conical finish.
Putting the cigar out
There is nothing wrong to smoke a cigar until the very end. It’s ok only if the cigar has a constant and fine taste to the very end. Some cigars are fine to the last millimeters, but most cigars become bitter in the end. If the cigar becomes bitter at the beginning and the taste does not improve, simply put it away and let it quench. When you let it go off, do not crush it like a cigarette. Such aggressive extinguishing will only result in an unpleasant sour odor. And quite a mess in the ashtray and on the table.
Over time, you will discover the way that works best for you to fully enjoy this ritual.