Tuesday’s Cigar Tips (What does having a white in color ash mean?)  

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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, and there are a few things we learn along the way. Therefore, today’s cigar tip will discuss what does it truly mean, when your ash is white.

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Tuesday’s Cigar Tips: What does having a white in color ash mean?  

Many cigar enthusiasts will automatically associate a white in color ash, as solidifying that it’s a good quality cigar. Ultimately, the color of the ash has no relevance to the quality of the cigar. The color of the ash is merely a reflection of the soil’s composition from where the tobacco is grown in, which means the soil was high in phosphorus, calcium, and minerals when the ash is white.

In a nutshell, if the ash is white, and/or light gray in color, it means the tobacco was cultivated in a rich and nutrient-dense soil. On the other hand, if the ash is black in color, it was grown in soil with fewer minerals, which can impact the overall taste of the cigar that can be unpleasant, because it could be to acidity.

In countries that manufacture cigars such as Dominican, Honduran, and Cuban, it’s noted that their soils are generally low in phosphorous and calcium and higher in magnesium, which magnesium tends to offer a sweeter smoke, with darker and flakier ash. In most cases, gray ash will indicate healthier tobacco. And, the ash that is too white or too black is generally less desirable.

Overall, yes, the ash can tell you a lot about the quality of your cigar, because it gives a direct correlation and insight into the quality of the tobacco leaves, from which your cigar was made of and what type of soil it was grown in. However, it does not truly solidify or guarantee that the quality is superbly based on the color of the ash alone.


Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Antonio Marcel Bass Sr says:

    Very Informative SOTL

    1. Red Lips and Cigar Sticks says:

      Thank you very much, BOTL!

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