What’s the best way to relight a cigar?

Relighting a cigar can be a tricky business. One technique is to clear the entire foot of all ash by gently rubbing and/or tapping it on the ashtray. You then re-toast the cigar to get the wrapper going. Relight the cigar by puffing, then blowing OUT through the cigar, which is supposed to clear the foot of tar and resins left from the previous light. The downside of this technique is that sometimes you blow out sparks, turning your cigar into a Roman candle.

I’ve tried this in the past with some success, but I stumbled upon what I think is a better way to go. Cut the foot of the cigar about 1/4 to 1/2-inch back. This leaves you with mostly “fresh” tobacco. However, you may often find the tobacco in the center a little scorched or blackened depending on how deep you cut it back, but it will help keep the cigar from tasting bitter.

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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