Tuesday’s Cigar Tips (How to relight your cigar)  

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As an avid cigar smoker, we all come up with different techniques and routines that work best for us prior to starting our smoking session and during it. Therefore, today’s cigar tip will discuss how to relight your cigar, once it goes out.

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How to relight your cigar:

There will be times that your cigar goes out after it’s been sitting for a while. And, sometimes you might not get to finish the cigar, completely, so you put it out and leave it. When situations like this occur, don’t abandon the cigar, it’s still a good cigar and worthy enough to be relit. Therefore, you should consider relighting the cigar and enjoying it. To achieve this method, the best way is to tap off any remaining ash, and then gently blow through the cigar to clear any stale air. Then, as you proceed, to relight it, you will continue to blow gently at the cherry of the cigar, located at the foot, for a few seconds, no more than three seconds. You want to do this before you take your first draw. This will help with greatly reducing any initial sour flavor from a relit cigar.


Also, instead of leaving a good unfinished cigar behind, you can tap off any remaining ash and gently blow through the cigar to clear any stale air, as described above, but instead of relighting the cigar, you will cut or trim away the burnt and exposed end of the cigar, at the foot with your straight cigar cutter. This will give you a nice and clean cut at the foot of the cigar, where it was previously lit, to remove the unwanted end that was lit.  By doing this, it will prevent the cigar from tasting stale and bitter, when you go to relight the cigar, for later, once you’re ready. After you’ve cut the end of the cigar, you can place your cigar back into your humidor or a traveling Ziploc bag with a Boveda pack for freshness.

I would recommend finishing this cigar within 3 to 4 days. Overall, the taste and color will still change, but it’s still acceptable and enjoyable, to smoke your cigar that’s been relit without hesitation, by following the above steps.

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


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