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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.
Relish at the moment of smoking a cigar.
The best part about smoking a cigar is the experience. There are much preparation and anticipation involved when smoking a cigar that can bring moments of excitement and anxiety if you’re an inexperienced smoker. The fear of judgment for lack of knowledge can make a novice smoker feel as if, they’re not up to par, to smoke, but it’s just all in the illusion of the surroundings. I always recommend smoking in environments that are less intense such as at home, over a friend’s home, who you can learn from, in a lounge in the earlier hours of the day and not the peak hours, to avoid the feeling of intimidation. Also, if you attend a lounge in the slower times of the day, this could allow you more time to spend with the tobacconist, to learn more about cigars in general and to get a good base as to where to start with your first cigar, and/or if you’ve smoked a few cigars, previously, and you would like to move up in your selections, it’ll be a good opportunity then to do so.
For us veteran smokers, we just know what we know, and like what we like. The experience from using our torches to flame-up and toast the foot of the cigar, by simply rotating the flame around the edge of the cigar, to get a nice burn and puffing it lightly to fully light our cigar, is metaphoric to us. That’s the instant connection to show your appreciation of the leaf, by properly lighting it.
The lighting of a cigar should be a personal experience. I don’t believe that you should ever ask someone else to light your cigar for you, it’s just a cliché. I’m not implying that you cannot borrow a lighter if you don’t have one, or your butane fluid in yours, is low, but it takes away the full experience when you’re not lighting your cigar yourself when someone’s else lights it for you.
Also, always remember at the time of lighting your cigar, the process should not be rushed, never done too quickly, nor too slowly, but a continual toast. Again, this is an experience. Take time to enjoy the lighting process but don’t stall or pause throughout the process.
“A cigar ought not to be smoked solely with the mouth, but with the hand, the eyes, and with the spirit.” ~Zino Davidoff
Overall, to fully indulge in your cigar experience, one should take their time, properly light your cigar, keep it personal and truly relish in the experience when smoking your cigar.
Keep it Smokey, My Friends!
Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears
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