16 August 2013
A Few Q&As on Cigars—Useful for Both Newbies and Long Time Users
When it comes to cigars, there are lots of things that a user should know in order to get the most pleasurable puff out of each cigar. So here are a few questions that we dare to answer.
How to cure a cigar’s harsh taste toward the end?
When a cigar is used, near its head the tar and moisture combination tends to build up. Although majority of tobaccos will subsequently get a characteristic harsh taste, there are a few ways that you can apply to stop this buildup from influencing your cigar’s taste at the end. But, you need to know that following this method cannot give you back the fresh smoke you want but it can delay the harsh taste of the cigar in the end—thus ensuring an extended smoking delight.
Start your precautionary measure by buying the best and most suitable cigar cutter. The tobacco’s tar tends to build up more swiftly if the smoke cannot flow easily at the cigar’s trimmed end. Therefore, it is important that you create a wide opening. The rule of thumb in clipping is to start cutting at the cigar’s point where the curve end starts to straighten out, this point is known as the shoulder.
Then, remember not to draw in smoke too often or too hard. The quicker you smoke the cigar, the hotter the puff gets and the tar builds up faster too. You need to note that cigars need time to cool off in between puffs. You can puff once per minute so that you can avoid overheating your tobacco while still keeping it lit.
Lastly, majority of cigars are relit twice or thrice without carrying harsh characteristics. But a cigar will preserve its fresh taste longer if it stays lit to the end compared to being relit over and over again.
What is a Cold Taste?
A cold taste is done when you puff a cigar without lighting it up. Through this method you can get a sneak taste of what’s to come. You can distinguish young cigars with its offensive taste, milder blends with their neutral taste and spicy blends will typically give you a kick during cold taste. This is an insider’s way of tasting the cigar for a sneak peek to its lighted taste.
But, of course we shouldn’t place much weight on cold tasting a cigar, judging should always come after puffing a well-lighted one.
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