How to prep a cigar for smoking
Cigars – How to prep a cigar for smoking
I am well aware that cigar smoking isn’t for everyone. But I still believe every gentleman negotiating a rise to the top should know a bit about the pastime. Afterall, a Gentleman is a man of many tricks and devices, and it never hurts to add one more skill to your repertoire.
Here’s our very basic beginner’s guide to choosing and preparing the cigar before you smoke it.
Choosing the right cigar
If you’re just starting out, definitely stay away from the high priced cigars, as you probably won’t be able to appreciate the finer points of a decent cigar just yet. That being said, price isn’t the only factor that determines whether a cigar is good or not.
Once you’ve decided on your cigar, inspect it for any imperfections.
- Check the wrapper for cracks or discolorations.
- If it’s too humid, the tobacco will be rotting slightly.
- If it’s not humid enough, the cigars will dry out and lose their flavor and aroma.
- Ideally you want to find one with a relatively oily sheen.
Massaging the plugs out of the cigar for a smoother pull
Once you’ve found a cigar that has been stored appropriately. It’s time to feel the cigar between your thumb and index finger trying to identify any soft spots that may indicate your cigar has less tobacco in it than you want. Hard spots may indicate that the cigar has been packed too tightly and may result in a plugged area, making the cigar harder to smoke.
Should you discover that it has been packed too tightly and you have one or two plugs, this can be easily rectified by simply massaging the plugs gently until you feel that they have subsided.
Do not Remove the Label Until the Very End (or you’ll break the wrapping)
When it comes to removing the label some guys prefer to do it right away, and others like to leave it on for the duration of the smoke session. This is purely up to the person smoking.
Take note that if you want to remove the label, do it only after the cigar has been lit and you’ve had a few puffs. Reason being the label is glued to the very delicate outside wrapper. Pulling off the label before the cigar has been lit will cause the wrapper to crack and start unravelling as you smoke. By removing it once you’re actually smoking, the heat of the cigar will loosen the adhesive, and you’ll be less likely to damage the cigar’s wrap when you take it off.
Cutting at the right point
The fastest way to spot an amatuer cigar smoker is to see where they choose to cut the cigar. The only place to cut a cigar is on the cap. Any higher than the cap and the cigar will begin to unravel in your mouth, which is an unpleasant experience.
So in order to avoid this mishap you need to understand the construction of a cigar. Every cigar is wrapped by one leaf of tobacco on the outside which is then rolled specifically to one point at the tip of the cigar which is then closed by what is called the cap. You should only cut till the point where you can see the cap has been used.
Use a torch lighter that won’t affect the flavour
When it comes to lighting a cigar you’ve got a lot of options. But if you’re a Gentleman that cares about quality, you only have one. Use a torch lighter. normal cigarette lighters will get the job done, but they will affect the flavor of the tobacco. Whereas torch lighters burn a lot cleaner and provide a more consistent flame. Wooden matches will also work, but they’re harder to keep lit for long periods of time.
Now that you have the ritual of cigar prep locked down you’re well on your way to savouring the hedonistic pleasures cigars have to offer. Perhaps now would be a good time to explore why you should be smoking cigars. Stay tuned for our next article.