Cigars 101

When to “put down” a cigar

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Q. How much of the cigar should I expect to be able to smoke before it starts getting too hot and tasting bad? – Paul

A. It really all depends on the makeup of the cigar and how you smoke it,; sometimes it’s a combination of the two.

Many cigars tend to get bitter in the last third because tars tend to build up as the cigar is smoked. But a well-blended cigar that remains consistent in flavor into that final third (and lets assume you are really enjoying its flavor), may hold up down to as little as half an inch.

In most cases a cigar will “turn” at about the last inch-and-a-half to an inch, but again, it depends on the flavors you’re getting out of it. Once a cigar goes bitter on you, regardless of at what point, it’s best to give it a few more puffs just to make sure it’s not going to improve, then put it out.

Finally, the harder and/or more often you draw on the cigar, the faster it will turn stronger or bitter. Let the cigar “smoke itself” by taking slow drags about once a minute.

IMO, the reason many cigar smokers continue to stick it out with a bitter tasting cigar is simply because they want to get every penny out of it, especially if it cost $5 or more.

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Dr john
1 year ago

Thanks for the advice, I tend to be a rapid puffer, and tend to smoke my high end cigars down to where it sometimes burns the inside of my mouth (about a half inch or less), got a cigar holder but they tend to make them hotter. Got to learn just to let the end of it go, I guess I’m learning the Zen of smoking. I tend to enjoy the flavor at the end, especially my favorite Arturo’s with a Cameroon wrapper.

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, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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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