Did you know the US cigar industry is expected to be worth $21.02 billion by 2025? While tobacco sales decline, cigar sales are up as people realize the enjoyment they offer. Yet when it comes to cigar smoking, how many people know how to do it properly?
If not, sit down with your favorite drink, get your chosen smoke and Hash legale. We present our expert guide to cigar smoking below.
Choosing the Right Cigar
When you want to smoke a cigar and try to find the right one, sampling a variety is the only way to go. Cigars are like wine. Everyone will have their preference, and there is a range of different types.
Robust cigars are one of the most popular types. They burn for around 45 minutes, producing heavy, fragrant white smoke.
Coronas are about six inches in length. They are famous for their great concentration of flavor.
Belicoso are shorter in design and often taper. They also have a high concentration and scent.
There are many more to try. If you buy smokes online, try ordering a range of different types and builds to find the one you prefer.
Cutting a Cigar
There is no excuse to cutting a cigar incorrectly. Even if you don’t have a proper cutter, a pair of scissors is always better than a rough-hewn cut. However, if you have paid for an expensive smoke, you may as well invest in the tools to do it properly.
Make sure the blade is clean and opt for a quick cut. The cutter should be sharp. If not, fold some aluminum foil and cut it up to sharpen the blades.
Lighting a Cigar
You should aim to get a good, even flame when lighting your cigar. Too much flame will scorch the tobacco, spoiling its inherent flavor. Invest in a torch lighter to get the job done.
The cigar should be held over the flame and rotated so that each edge gets and even heat. You are looking for a warm, orange ember-like glow.
How to Properly Smoke a Cigar
Once lit, you need to know how to smoke a cigar properly. Most people already know that you don’t inhale a cigar. The smoke should be taken into the mouth and left to linger.
Draw it into the mouth, then blow it out four or five times so that the cigar begins to produce thick, white clouds. You have now essentially started the cigar running. To keep it going, have a puff every minute on average.
Many people wonder if the label should be removed on a cigar before you use it. This is a matter of personal preference. Even if you want to remove it, wait until you have smoked a little, so the heat loosens the adhesive under the label.
Enjoying Cigar Smoking
Cigar smoking should be done at a leisurely pace. Get a favorite drink, pick a great spot and get friends to join you. Take your time and sample the flavors of the cigar you have bought.
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