Cigars 101

What’s the proper way to light a cigar?

You can use several different methods of fire to light it, but whatever you use, light the cigar gently, evenly and slowly. Don’t rush it! This is supposed to be a relaxing experience.

  • Hold the cigar horizontally.
  • “Warm” the cigar by holding the flame underneath the end in direct contact with the cigar. (FYI, the hottest part of the flame is the white tip, so be careful not to ignite the wrapper.)
  • Slowly rotate the cigar until the end is evenly charred over the entire surface.
  • Next, put the cigar in your mouth and hold the flame just close enough to the end without letting the flame touch it (about an 1/2″). Draw on the cigar slowly while rotating it until it is EVENLY lit. (Drawing too fast will oxidize the tobacco making it taste bitter.)
  • Gently blow on the glowing end to make sure it’s burning evenly and you’re done!
  • This entire process can take up to a minute, but the cigar will taste the way it’s supposed to taste and will help prevent an uneven burn. Remember, it’s better to take your time in the beginning and you will enjoy the cigar longer, too.

    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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