Cigars are a luxury item that many people enjoy on special occasions or as a way to unwind after a long day. However, cutting and lighting a cigar can be intimidating for those who are new to the experience. In this article, we will discuss the proper techniques for cutting and lighting a cigar, so that you can enjoy the full flavor and aroma of your smoke.
Cutting a Cigar
The first step in properly enjoying a cigar is to make a clean cut on the cap. The cap is the small piece of tobacco that covers the end of the cigar, and it is important to cut it cleanly in order to create a smooth draw. There are three main types of cigar cutters: guillotine, punch, and V-cut.
The guillotine cutter (as seen in the video above) is the most common and straightforward option. It has a blade that is used to make a straight cut across the cap. To use this type of cutter, simply place the cigar 1/4″ from the end in the opening of the cutter, making sure that the cap is lined up with the blade. Then, press down firmly to make the cut.
The punch cutter is a small circular tool that is used to punch a hole in the cap of the cigar. To use this type of cutter, simply push the punch into the cap and twist it slightly to create a hole. This method is less common than the guillotine cut, but some people prefer it because it creates a smaller opening, which can enhance the flavor of the smoke.
The V-cut cutter creates a V-shaped notch in the cap of the cigar, which can also enhance the flavor of the smoke. To use this type of cutter, place the cigar in the opening of the cutter, making sure that the cap is lined up with the V-shaped blade. Then, press down firmly to make the cut.
No matter which type of cutter you choose, it is important to make a clean cut so that the cap does not unravel and the cigar draws smoothly.
Lighting a Cigar
Once the cigar is properly cut, it is time to light it. Lighting a cigar is not as simple as lighting a cigarette or a candle, as it requires a bit of patience and technique to achieve the perfect burn. There are two main ways to light a cigar: using a lighter or using matches.
When using a lighter, it is important to use a butane lighter, as other types of lighters can impart unwanted flavors onto the cigar. Hold the cigar at a 45-degree angle and toast the foot of the cigar (the end that you just cut) by holding the flame close to it without touching it. Rotate the cigar so that the entire foot is evenly toasted. Then, place the cigar in your mouth and continue to hold the flame close to the foot while gently puffing on the cigar. The cigar should start to draw in the flame, creating an even burn.
When using matches, it is important to use wooden matches rather than paper matches, as paper matches can impart unwanted flavors onto the cigar. Light the match and hold it at a 45-degree angle to the foot of the cigar, rotating the cigar so that the entire foot is evenly toasted. Then, place the cigar in your mouth and gently puff on it while holding the match close to the foot. Once the cigar has started to draw in the flame, gently blow out the match and discard it.
It is important to avoid touching the foot of the cigar directly to the flame, as this can create a harsh and uneven burn. Instead, take your time and use a gentle touch to light the cigar evenly.
In conclusion, cutting and lighting a cigar is a simple process that requires a bit of practice and patience. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that you are properly enjoying the full flavor and aroma of your cigar.
So sit back and enjoy, and remember… never inhale.