When the cigar in your hand is expensive and special, you really want to make the most of it. Even if you have smoked cigars before, there may be a few things you do that unintentionally sacrifice the quality of the experience. So, how do you maximize your enjoyment of your nice cigar? You can start by adhering to these dos and don'ts.
Do: Only cut off the first cap
Most good-quality cigars have three caps at the end to keep the leaves secure. Your instinct may be to cut all three of these caps off, but that can actually cause the leaves to unravel. Not to mention, it's a waste of good cigar length! Only cut off the first cap and do so with a really sharp knife or cigar cutter to prevent tearing.
Don't: Put the fire directly in contact with the cigar as you light it
When you light the cigar, do not put the end of the cigar directly into the flame. Instead, just hold the end of the cigar really close to the flame and let the leaves catch fire slowly as you inhale through the cigar. This will prevent an overly burnt flavor.
Do: Smoke outside in the fresh air
If possible, smoke your good-quality cigar outside. When you are surrounded by fresh air, you can get a better idea of the more nuanced flavors within the cigar. If you were to smoke inside, you would quickly become surrounded by smoke, which makes it harder to detect the flavors in the fresh smoke you are inhaling from the cigar.
Don't: Inhale the smoke
If you're used to smoking cigarettes or other substances, you are probably used to actually inhaling the smoke. But you don't do this with cigars! The best way to enjoy the smoke is to just pull it into your mouth and then push it out. Don't inhale it.
Do: Let the ash build up and fall off on its own
Good cigars can build up quite a long piece of ash before it falls off. Leave this ash in place. It serves as a bit of an insulator and keeps your cigar from burning too quickly. The ash will eventually fall off when it's ready.
If you are smoking a nice cigar, then adhering to these dos and don'ts will help maximize the experience. After a time or two, you will get the process down and it will become second-nature.
Contact a company like Cigars Direct to learn more.