We’re #nowsmoking outside for this Crux Epicure Maduro cigar review, and it’s up for audition as Gary’s first cigar of the day. Click, see and read what he thought of this full-flavored blend from Crux & AJ Fernandez. . .
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.