Cigars 101

Do it to me one more time: the “morning after” cigar

The first question was, what cigar do I use to put to the test? My criteria were, it had to be a fairly popular cigar, full-flavored, and somewhat on the pricey side. I decided to go with the Alec Bradley Tempus Genesis, a 5½” x 42 Corona which retails for about $6.25 a cigar.

I lit-up the cigar, and if you haven’t had the pleasure, this is one helluva smoke. Everything was going perfectly – the flavor, aroma, the burn. At about the halfway point, regretfully, I let the cigar go out and left it in a saddle on the ashtray overnight.

The following day I picked up the cigar and it was still fairly supple. Instead of just relighting the cigar as-is, I carefully cleaned all of the ash out of the foot with a toothpick, so all that was left was some charred tobacco. I was tempted to clip the cigar back for some fresher tobacco but I thought that would be cheating.

I lit up, and to my surprise, the cigar picked up right where we left off. Not only were all the wonderful flavors and aromas still intact, the burn was as perfect as the night before, leaving a long, firm ash in its wake (see photo at left). I ended up smoking the cigar down to the last inch with no bitterness.

Conclusions: Was it the cigar? Did I just get lucky? I don’t know, but I have to give credit to the fine construction of this cigar, and that would include the Honduran Trojes wrapper that’s used for Tempus. I’m sure there are other cigars out there that hold up just as well. If you know of any from your own experience, please leave a comment. I don’t know if I would make this practice a habit, but it was fun to see what would happen.

~ Gary Korb

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 ramon allones by AJ Fernandez cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro

This cigar has charted the “Top 25 Cigars of 2018” lists of Cigar Journal, Cigar Aficionado, and Cigar Advisor. Find out why, and what else you need to know about it, in our quick Ramon Allones cigar review – click & read now…

Read More
cacover fan mail cigar questions pt 25

Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 25)

Fan Mail returns: so many questions have come in since our last presentation it was hard to choose, but some of topics we’re talking about today include tips for cutting extra-wide ring gauge cigars, a trick to unplug a torch lighter, plus questions about Maduro and cigar flavor profiles…watch our videos now!

Read More
avo cigars review guide tasting guide CACover

2018 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Avo Cigars

Take a tour of the Avo Cigars portfolio in this top-to-bottom tasting guide: renowned for their taste and the world's finest tobaccos, Avo is a premium legend...But how does each one taste? The Advisors test the waters for you, providing tasting notes to help you choose the right Avo for you - see their reviews now!
Read More
How to cut big ring cigars

How to Cut Big Ring Cigars

Some big ring cigars demand certain tools. Do you have the right accessory to cut these beasts? Read this tip to learn more about cutting 64+ RG smokes!
Read More