If you consider yourself a cigar aficionado, then you should treat it with the respect it deserves. It is a hobby, not a habit – and like any hobby, there is a right way to go about it, and a wrong way. Keep reading for tips on what NOT to do.
Don’t expect two cigars to smoke the same way.
Cigars are handmade products that are made from an authentic agricultural crop. Since a lot of variation can take place with the blends that are used, the kinds of tobacco and the cigars that are made it is almost impossible to say that two cigars are going to smoke on the same day. You should therefore embrace the small variations and take them as part of the charm of smoking a cigar.
Don’t expect cigars to change year upon year akin to wine – they don’t.
Cigars are a non-vintage industry. What does that mean? That cigar manufacturers work their hardest to ensure that their cigars taste the same year after year. They do add and play with their tobacco blends and work to maintain the same taste while accounting for any natural variation. Over a long period, the taste of a cigar model varies vastly, but this happens very slowly indeed – this means that the difference in the short term is negligible.
Don’t hold a cigar in your mouth.
Despite what you might see in caricatures of cartoon villains with a cigar in their mouth, cigars are not something to be clenching in your teeth 24/7 and sucking on. It should be kept in your hand and puffed on before bringing it back between your fingers. This allows the cigar to burn cooler – don’t waste that precious tobacco burning away needlessly.
Don’t dip your cigar in alcohol
While it’s true that pairing liquor and cigars together is a common practice, that doesn’t mean your cigar should be dipped into your drink! It can ruin the taste of the cigar and make it taste different than intended. No cigar maker has ever wanted the taste of whisky on the end of the cigar – or they would have put it there!
Don’t stick to just one brand or kind
For sure you are going to have a preferred brand, but don’t let your idea of loyalty of familiarity keep you from exploring the wide-open world of cigars as there are so many great manufacturers out there dying to be tasted.
Don’t inhale the cigar smoke
If you are inhaling cigar smoke you are doing something wrong. The tobacco is much stronger and not designed to inhale. You should merely be taking a puff, and let it sit in your mouth so you can taste the flavour of the burning tobacco. You should then puff it out of your mouth. You should rotate the cigar every 45 seconds or so. Pair with a strong alcoholic drink and you are onto a winner.