Cigars 101

Can cigars be smoked “backwards?”

Q. What is the effect if you light the wrong end of a freshly cut cigar; smoking it backwards, so to speak? I’ve done this and noticed some harshness in the first few draws, then realized my mistake. I finished the smoke anyway.
– Simon in Sturgis, SD

A. There shouldn’t be that much difference in the way the cigar smokes or tastes. The main problem I foresee would be, since the foot isn’t capped you run the risk of the cigar unraveling on you.

Harshness in the first few puffs is common with a lot of cigars, even if you smoke them from right end. It’s usually a little residual ammoniac, which tends to be in the foot. In most cases, the bitterness tends to fade within the first few putfs and the smoke rounds out.

In any event, I wouldn’t get too used to it. On the other hand, maybe you’ll start a new trend. ;-)

1
Leave a Reply

avatar
1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
0 Comment authors
Everett Jackson Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Everett Jackson
Guest
Everett Jackson

Fuck no. lmao

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
#nowsmoking la meridiana cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Villiger La Meridiana Toro Box Press

Gary Korb presents his review of the Villiger La Meridiana Toro Box Press cigar in this #nowsmoking cigar review video. Gary paired the cigar with coffee and 1804 Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur. To get his take on this cigar, click here.

Read More
How Much of a Cigar’s Flavor Comes from the Wrapper Cigar Advisor Cover

Cigar Q&A: How Much of a Cigar’s Flavor Comes from the Wrapper?

Even the blending experts don’t always agree on how much of a cigar’s flavor comes from the wrapper leaf – learn why, plus we pay forward a cool trick you can try to test your favorite cigar to see how much its flavor comes from the wrapper leaf.

Read More
top new cigars rocky patel nov 3 2018 cacover

CA REPORT: Top New Cigars – Rocky Patel Edition (Nov. 3 2018)

Rocky Patel fans, rejoice: we're back with four great new cigar picks from RP that range from fine and rare to classic reissues...and all of them are bound to be some of your humidor's greatest hits. Check out this week's guide to new cigars now!
Read More
Cigar Questions and answers pt 13

Even More Cigar Questions – Answered (Part XIII)

See great cigar questions answered with informative videos from the Advisors. Are you wondering about the same things these fellow smokers are asking about?
Read More