Is this cigar toasting method acceptable?

A: Yes, I do that sometimes myself. Thing is, you don’t want to toast your cigar to death. If you keep the flame far enough away from the foot while it begins to glow, that’s better. The one thing you might want to add is once you see the red glow, pull the flame off and blow until the entire foot is glowing. If the cigar is well made, it will catch and burn evenly, but try to get a good even light at the start without caramelizing too much of the tobacco up front. Another good method for toasting cigars is to start from the outer part of the foot and work your way toward the center. It may help the ash form more of a cone-like shape.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for 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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