The Art Of Smoking A Cigar3 min read
Enjoying a good cigar requires a calm and pleasant atmosphere to enjoy its aroma properly. Choosing an excellent cigar, the way to cut it, to light it, to smoke it, to taste it, etc., are keys to enjoy the cigar. Smoking a good cigar is a pleasure for the senses.
When choosing a good cigar, you must let your senses guide you: the sight, a well-finished and elegant cigar, as well as an adequate color (light or darker, depending on the taste of each one); the touch, tight and well elaborated, firm but not hard (you can feel it between your index finger and thumb, pressing it lightly); the smell, choose a cigar with a beautiful bouquet of fresh tobacco; the taste, a cigar with a softer or healthier flavor depending on our preferences.
The color of the cigar should be uniform over the entire surface and with an individual brightness. If any stain appears, it should be white or green, which are the stains that can occur in the natural process of growing or curing and that do not affect the cigar’s quality.
The taste of a cigar can only be appreciated when it is smoked, so if we don’t want to take any risks with some unknown brand, we can play it safe and let ourselves be advised by the Bonita Smoke Shop professionals.
Once we have chosen a good cigar, we must proceed with the “ceremony” of cutting and lighting it. To cut the cigar, it is best to use the cigar cutter (a small guillotine) that cuts the cigar’s back in a clean and precise way. There are also special scissors for this purpose. Of course, this can be done with any other cutting tool, even if it is not suitable. We should try never to cut it with our teeth, with the consequent tearing that the cigar would suffer.
It is not correct to insert a toothpick, a match, or subtle element to pierce the cigar. This causes the tobacco to be pressed from the back and can cause the cigar not to “pull” properly.
If you favor removing the band from the cigar, do so with care so as not to damage the cigar’s wrapper. The wrapper is an aesthetic issue that does not affect any of the cigar’s essential characteristics (smell, taste, etc.).
The cigar’s cutting element must be well sharpened to avoid tearing the cigar and may even “disassemble” the cigar. The cut must be made precise, leaving a small piece of the belly exposed, but with the care that it is not an excessively large opening. According to Bonita Smoke Shop experts, the cut should be made just above the line where the cap joins the wrapper. The aim is to create a space wide enough to ensure a proper shot and, at the same time, prevent the layer from coming off.
Making a good cut is not merely a matter of aesthetics. Still, it is fundamental when smoking a cigar since it will be decisive for the cigar’s correct combustion, which will result in adequately appreciating the full flavor of the cigar.
Lighting a cigar requires patience, and we must use a match (match) of a long stick and, preferably, of wood, a gaslighter, and even very sybarite people who use the cedar bark, as a match. Never use non-odorous flames, such as a gaslighter, for example. That would spoil the flavor and aroma of the cigar.
Once we have the flame, we must patiently keep the cigar close to the flame and turn it progressively for even lighting of the cigar’s whole surface. The cigar should be kept in a 90º (degree) position concerning the flame and be sucked in little by little so that the flame reaches the cigar and is perfectly lit. The thicker the cigar, the longer the ignition time. Afterward, all that is left is to enjoy its flavor and aroma.