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Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions – Answered (Part 24)

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ANOTHER Four of Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered…

By the Cigar Advisor Editors

The cigar questions are coming fast and furious, and from all sides…email, Twitter, even Facebook Live has been a treasure trove of great cigar Q&As that we thought would be good to share out loud. Free cigar knowledge for everyone: reach out to us if you’ve got cigar questions, and we may just answer them in this space next time, too. In the meantime, here’s what we’ve got on video for you this month. . .

Cigar Question #1: When and How to Purge a Cigar

By John Pullo

We always advise not to inhale when you smoke a cigar…but it turns out that blowing the smoke out of your cigar actually can make for a more pleasurable experience. It’s called purging your cigar, and it’s a helpful part of fixing things, especially if you have a cigar that’s gone out, is going out, or is just burning slightly off. Will it also improve the cigar’s flavor? Try it for yourself with this quick explanation of how to purge a cigar, and see.

Cigar Question #2: Why Some Cigars Have an Additional Band at the Foot

By Gary Korb

For many premium handmade cigars, the band is what first catches your attention. Some cigars have two or even three bands. Does that make them even more attractive? Perhaps. Who knows. Come to think of it, in some cases the band turns out to be the best part of the cigar. But when a cigar has an additional band at its base, or “foot,” there’s more than one reason for it, and this video explains it all.

Cigar Question #3: How to Store Cigars Packaged in Tins

By Fred Lunt

We’ve covered how to store tubo cigars, but what about those little cigars that come in tins? Well Cigar Advisor, Fred Lunt, is going to answer that question. In this Cigars 101 video, he explains in detail the difference between the European-style tinned cigars and the modern, handmade small cigars you see more often these days. Plus, you’ll learn the best relative humidity for storing cigars in tins. Watch now and see!

 

Cigar Question #4: How to Help a Novice Smoker Choose a Good Cigar

By Tommy Zman

We all know those guys who only smoke cigars when they’re playing poker or golf, but what about the cigar smokers who want to learn more and expand their horizons? Well, the Zman’s got some good tips on how to help them grow into true Brothers of the Leaf like you and me.

As always, we appreciate your comments and sharing these videos with your fellow cigar smokers. If you’ve got cigar questions, let us know by leaving a comment, or send us a message via Facebook or one of our other social media channels. We’ll use them for our next edition of Fan Mail.

– Gary, John, Fred, and Zman

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David Barnes
4 years ago

What is the hard ash in some cigars ? It burns but hardly any smoke reaches your mouth. Once you get past this hard spot the cigar draws as it should.

tony
4 years ago
Reply to  David Barnes

hard spots are caused by the ratio of types of tobacco. A good rolled cigar has an even consistency of ruff or large cuts of tobacco mixed with tobacco fines. This allows a poress mixed that allows good oxygen flow so the burn is good but not necessarily hot. The hard spot usually contains all fines or to much tobacco which strangles the burn area from a good oxygen flow, thus cause a heavy char which gets HOT like a charcoal bnckette. No air flow no smoke all heat. A terrible condition which is quite common. I can tell by the draw of a cigar unlit whats ahead for me when I light up a cigar. The next time you hit a hard spot let your cigar die out. Once cooled roll the burnt end and you’ll fa very hard mass of un burned tobacco. As a young boy i worked in a corner drug store and all the old guys would examine each cigar for a hard spot. I soon learned why.

Keith
4 years ago

It is somewhat easy to ascertain how a smoked cigar can take on the characteristics of cedar, chocolate, pepper etc. However, what makes cigar smoke take on a “creamy” characteristic found predominately in a few mild/mellow to medium brands? In your opinion, what 3 brands (50 or more ring gage) are the creamiest?

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