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The proper way to
smoke a cigar
|Okay. So you've
gone out and bought a couple cigars and decided that you wanted
take up the popular pastime of cigar smoking. After all, this
pastime has increased in popularity in recent years, spawning
magazines and books and smoking bars. It's a fine, affluent, and
cultured hobby to be a part of it. So what kind of accessories
do you need, in addition to your cigars, in order to have an
authentic cigar smoking experience?
You'll want to get yourself a humidor. They come at a variety of styles and
types but you should get one that is made of Spanish cedar, or
at least contains Spanish cedar in it. Spanish cedar is often
used to help keep cigars fresh for indefinite periods of time.
And, a humidor kept at 70% will keep your cigars in an ideal
state of humidity so that they'll be ready to smoke when you
are. You can overcome problems in your humidor's humidity by
making sure that it is full of cigars, since a nearly empty
humidor will throw off the humidity.
Before you can light up your cigar, you'll need to clip off the end. This
will expose the inside leaves of the cigar which are the ones
that impart the most flavor as you draw in the cigar smoke.
While many people use any sharp object handy, like a pocket
knife, you can really enjoy this cigar smoking experience before
you even light up by getting yourself a little guillotine
clipper. Usually they have three holes, two for your fingers and
one in the middle for the cigar. You put the cigar in the middle
one and pinch your fingers and a little blade snaps the cap off
of the end of the cigar.
The next thing you'll need is a good lighter. Cigar connoisseurs recommend
that you don't use a regular lighter or a match, since the
sulfur from the match or the fluid from the lighter will add an
unpleasant taste to your cigar. A butane lighter is one popular
way to light your cigar without the after effects of bad flavor.
While not necessary, a smoking jacket was a traditional garment used by men
to keep smoke from getting on their clothes. They are typically
three-quarter-length coats of a very rich material and deep in
color, with cuffs. While they may not be readily available in
stores anymore, you may find them in secondhand clothing shops
or you can get a tailor to make one for you. It is a fun way to
add a level of authenticity in class to your cigar smoking
About the author:
Jeff Lakie is the founder of
Cigar Information a website providing information on