Tips on Smoking Cigars

  1. CigarNever hold a cigar in your mouth. This can be contradicted by saying if you're going to hold it in your mouth, clench it lightly with your teeth. The whole point is to avoid lasting contact with your lips.
  2. A lit cigar is more likely to go out if the ash is not allowed to build up. Ash on a cigar can act like an insulator and the ember will be maintained better with a nice ash buffer.
  3. Always keep a stash of mediocre cigars on hand for those days when you're just doing yard work or something similar. There's no point in wasting a fine cigar if you can't sit down and enjoy it. But it's always nice to puff on something while working in the garage or outdoors.
  4. If you don't have at least 20 minutes to enjoy a cigar, don't grab one of your good ones.
  5. Unless you time-travel back to the 1950s when houses were built with dens made for smoking, don't smoke indoors. Not everyone appreciates the aroma of a cigar, so spare your family and partake outdoors. Besides, you get some fresh air that way (pun intended).
  6. Get a humidor, make sure it's not too full nor too empty, and put some Boveda humidity packets in it.
  7. Use a calibrated hygrometer. The Boveda packs appear to be pretty trustworthy for establishing the correct humidity, but if you want to confirm things, then a hygrometer will do the trick. Here are instructions to calibrate them.
  8. When you buy cigars, set aside half of them for long term storage in a separate humidor. This is known as aging, a way of making mediocre cigars better and good cigars great. 2-3 years... if you buy steady and practice this regularly, you'll enjoy the benefits all the time.
  9. Speaking of buying cigars, I purchase mine off the web from cigar.com or atlanticcigar.com. I used to buy from another source that was noticeably less expensive. But a few years ago I met a guy who worked for a cigar manufacturer, and his very tactful advice was you get what you pay for. Some sellers will claim long fillers and low prices, but have likely mixed short fillers in to make up the difference. And since switching to my current sources, I've noticed more consistent quality cigars.



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