What causes cigars to burn with a black charcoal-like ash?

A: This “black tobacco ash” you describe, if it’s hard like charcoal, then it may possibly be a ligero leaf that ended up too close to the binder, or the binder cracked when rolled exposing the ligero behind it. If so, I have experienced this, too. Ligero burns very slowly because it is so oily, which is why it will char-up when you continue to relight it. You might want to let the cigar go out and clip the embered ash, etc. up to the base of the foot and re-light again. In some cases, the cigar will burn past the charred ember section and straighten itself out. If not, you’re probably doing the right thing by tossing it, but I hate chucking away a good cigar.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

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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