If you’re reading this, chances are you have just bought your first cigar. If so, you are in good company. Cigar sales have surged over the past year, as more and more people learn the appreciate the refined experience of a classic cigar. However, buying your cigar is only the first step.
You need to know how to properly smoke a cigar and how to look like a gentleman while doing so. Knowing how to smoke a cigar requires a knowledge of how cigars work and why it is that we enjoy the occasional cigar. If you’re new to it, read this essential guide to learn how to smoke a cigar the right way.
1. Choose Your Fighter
The first step is to know your types of cigars and choose the right one for you. You probably already know the basics, such as the fact that authentic Cubans are the peak of the upper-end of the market. You should also consider flavor, strength, and intensity. For example, beginners should usually try with a cigarillo before they try a cigar. Beginner-oriented brands such as Al Capone cigarillos can help you practice cigar smoking at home so that you don’t embarrass yourself later on.
2. Cut It
One of the most important tips for smoking a cigar is to cut it the right way before you begin. Ideally, you should have a proper cigar cutter for this job, but any sharp knife will also do the trick. There are usually three caps at the end of a cigar. You should aim to cut the first cap off and leave it at that. Do not overdo it, as an overcut cigar will be unpleasant to smoke.
3. Toast It
Next up, remember not to light your cigar the same way that you would a cigarette. Do not touch a lighter flame directly to the tobacco leaves. This will cause them to burn up too quickly and will make your cigar difficult to smoke. Hover a flame a couple of inches from the end of the cigar and slowly toast it. Puff on the cigar to get things going, if necessary.
4. How to Properly Smoke a Cigar – Don’t Inhale
One of the most important things to remember when smoking a cigar is that you should never inhale it, ever. Cigar nicotine attaches to the mucus membranes in the mouth. It does not attach to the lungs, like with a cigarette. Cigars are much stronger than cigarettes and inhaling one will cause pain. Take a small puff, let the smoke rest in your mouth for a moment, and then blow it out.
5. Take It Slow
Finally, remember to take your time. One of the most important rules of cigar etiquette is that you simply do not rush things. A cigar should be enjoyed over a long period of time, ideally with good friends and good conversation. Aim for about one puff per minute and keep plenty of liquids around so that your mouth does not dry out.
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