Tuesday’s Cigar Tips: What Is A Cold Taste?

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Tuesday’s Cigar Tips

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. Everyone’s techniques and routines are different, based on your own preference or there can be some similarities. Therefore, to further connect with you and provide you with resources and details about cigars, I’ve created these weekly cigar tips for you to utilize.

What’s a Cold Smoke (Pre-Light Draw)?

The more you become a cigar smoker and learn about cigars, one of the first things you’ll pick-up is that there are a lot of rules, terms, and cigar etiquette. How did these things all come about and are they necessary? Yes!  Well, in the comfort of your home, do as you please, but in the presence of other cigar enthusiasts, it’s best to follow the rules, especially, if you’re a novice.

There’s an art to smoking a premium cigar!


You might be wondering, what exactly is a “Cold Smoke.” Essentially, it’s smoking a cigar prior to lighting it. For example, if you cut your cigar and put it in your mouth, then pull the air through it before you light it, then you can taste the tobacco inside. It will also allow you to see how tightly rolled the cigar is, if it feels snugged and tight when you pre-draw or if it’s nice and opened.

However, the flavor won’t be the same as a burning cigar, on the pre-draw, but it will give a hint of what’s to come.

A cold taste, as it’s known, can reveal certain qualities about a cigar. Especially, spicy blends will have a kick, milder blends will taste-neutral and cigars with young, raw tobacco may have offensive flavor in a cold taste. It’s a common practice among those in the cigar industry to do a cold taste.

This process is only done to get a sneak preview in a sense before you fully light your cigar and enjoy the experience. Also, if you notice it’s somewhat tight on the pre-draw, this is where you can make minor adjustments, to loosing up the body of the cigar by inserting your cigar poker or a sharp utensil gently into the body of the cigar to open it up a smidgen, if you prefer a more loosened draw.


Keep it Smokey, My Friends! Have a great Halloween!

Comment below and let us know if you take a cold taste or what you thought about this article. We appreciate your support! Thank you!

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears


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