Cigars 101

Figuring out a Figurado

Q. Smoked an Onyx Belicoso No.2 (7″ x 52) last night. Problem: hard to draw. Is that normal or does it mean it’s not mature yet? Also, how much do you clip off the end of torpedos & Belicosos (pointed end cigars)? [I find it] hard to draw on them. Is a slow draw natural? And one more question: When clipping a cigar, if the wrapper cracks, does that mean its old & dry? Thanks, Steven Newburgh.

A. Plugging has more to do with the rolling than the aging. Occasionally, even the best cigars get a stem or large vein caught in the bunch. Sometimes you can relieve the pressure with a gentle squeezing of the cigar while also turning it between your thumb and forefinger. I’ve noticed, particularly with pyramids, that if you gently bite down on the head, the draw will sometimes loosen up dramatically. It’s usually in a certain spot that you’ll find as you rotate the cigar in your mouth. As far as clipping pyramids and torpedos, clip off at least 1/4 inch. If you cut off too little it may not draw well. Three-eights of an inch is about the max you need. Remember, you don’t want to remove the entire head, otherwise, you defeat the whole purpose of the shape.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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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.

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