Learning the Proper Way to Smoke a Premium Cigar
So, you’ve stepped into the elegant world of premium cigars. You’ve sniffed the tobacco, admired the craftsmanship, and maybe even engaged in some friendly banter about wrappers and fillers at your local cigar lounge. But now, my friend, comes the moment of truth – the art of smoking that meticulously crafted stick of joy. Let’s journey through the how-to’s, the do’s and don’ts, and the sheer poetry of puffing a premium cigar.
Light it up, but with Flair
Your first encounter with a cigar is like a first date, you’ve got to set the right mood. Put away that Bic lighter or those cardboard matches. A butane lighter or wooden matches are your wingmen here. Why? They don’t mess with the flavor of the tobacco.
When lighting, don’t just shove the foot into the flame. Instead, toast it gently, rotating as you go. Think of it as roasting marshmallows over a campfire – patience is key!
First Kiss: The Draw
A great smoke begins with a great draw. But don’t get too eager! Remember, cigars are not a sprint; they’re a leisurely stroll through Flavorville. Puff slowly and gently, savor the flavors as they dance across your palate. Don’t inhale deeply like a cigarette, instead let the smoke linger in your mouth.
Ashes to Ashes
As you puff along, you’ll notice the ash forming. Don’t knock it off too soon; it’s not a cigarette. A longer ash, contrary to what you might think, is actually a sign of a well-constructed cigar. When it’s about an inch long, gently tap it off.
The Smoke – a Gentleman’s Wave
Blowing smoke rings might look cool, but let’s leave those for the vaping crowd. When smoking a premium cigar, let the smoke ease out of your mouth. Don’t puff like a chimney, but don’t be too miserly either. A moderate pace keeps the cigar from burning too hot or going out.
The Pairing Game
You’ve got a premium cigar; why not make the most of it? A fine drink can elevate your experience. A smoky Scotch, a rich Bourbon, or a smooth coffee can be fabulous partners. But remember, this is a tête-à-tête between you and your cigar – don’t let the drink dominate the conversation.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. But please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t crush your cigar in the ashtray. It’s not a cigarette. Lay it in the ashtray and let it go out on its own, like the last note of a beautiful symphony fading into the night.
This is just the beginning, dear aficionado. Each cigar is an adventure, a story wrapped in a leaf. As you continue your exploration, you’ll find your own rituals and preferences.
Remember, smoking a premium cigar isn’t just about tobacco and flames; it’s an experience, a meditation, and a communion with a tradition that spans centuries.
Note: We’re all adults here, so it’s important to acknowledge that smoking has its risks. Enjoy responsibly and with respect for those around you.