Everything You Need To Know Before Lighting That First Cigar

Every cigar expert started as a novice. Smoking a cigar might look pretty straightforward, but there are certain things you need to learn as you master the art of cigar smoking.

While this activity used to attract older men, more and more young adults are taking an interest and picking up cigars. According to a 2016 study, an estimated 12.3 million people in the United States were cigar smokers, and recent trends show the enthusiasm increasing. The factors that affect this growing interest in cigars are not apparent.  But whether it’s witnessing a live cigar rolling session or having a relaxing puff while vacationing in West Palm Beach, you don’t want to look like a novice every time you light up, do you?

With more people taking an interest in cigar smoking, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide. Aside from having a more enjoyable experience, these steps will help you look like you know what you’re doing. And after a few practices, you will.

Lighting the Cigar Properly

The process of lighting a cigar can look as simple as smoking a cigarette; however, a connoisseur knows the steps to follow to enjoy a cigar to its full potential. While several ways are available to light a cigar, using a torch lighter is the best and most common choice. Wooden matches and cigarette lighters are fine but can affect the flavor. When lighting the cigar, place the tip of the cigar above, and not directly in the flame as this can also change and ruin the taste.

Smoking the Cigar

Before smoking the cigar, make sure you have it primed. Before putting the cigar in your mouth, check the lit end has an even burn. If so, you’re good to go. A cigar is meant for enjoyment over a relatively long time compared to a regular cigarette.  Suck the cigar like how you would suck liquid through a straw––but don’t worry if you don’t do it right the first time. Don’t inhale the smoke as this often leads to coughing. Smoking a cigar is a relaxing experience, so don’t fret about the burn rate or evenness; have a puff every minute or two and enjoy the flavor. As the cigar burns down, you will accumulate a head of ash on the tip. You’ll need to tap it off eventually, but unlike cigarettes, you don’t need to flick ash into an ashtray constantly.

Finding the Right Cigar for You

If you develop a taste for cigar smoking, experiment with the different types to find the right cigar for you. One of the biggest mistakes is assuming that the most expensive option is the best. Just like understanding fine wines or single malts, you can research the opinions of experts online, or ask fellow smokers next time you visit the tobacconist or humidor room.

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