Cigars 101

Why do dead cigar stubs have such a nasty odor?

A: Good question. I had to do a little research for this one. Think about it. By the time you get down to the last couple of inches of your cigar, a lot of oils and tars from the tobacco have built up. And now, this is why cigar etiquette calls for leaving the stub in the ashtray saddle, rather than stubbing it out:  When you stub out a cigar, the wrapper breaks up exposing all the tarred-up the filler and binder, hence, the nasty odor. If you’ve ever continued to smoke a cigar where the some of the wrapper has come undone, you may notice the aroma tends to get a little more pungent.

That’s pretty much it. If you allow your cigars to go out naturally, they will still emit a little ashy-oily odor, but nothing close to the stench from a cigar that’s been stubbed out. This is one case where cigar etiquette trumps a bad habit.

Leave a Reply

avatar
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles

2019 CA Report: Top Ten Cigarillo & Small Cigar Tins

Cigarillos – the grandkids of big cigars, and still as popular as ever. Take a virtual tour of the 10 bestselling cigar tins, get their flavor profiles, learn how to store them, and why they’re worth keeping on-hand.

Read More
cacover fan mail cigar questions pt 25

Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 25)

Fan Mail returns: so many questions have come in since our last presentation it was hard to choose, but some of topics we’re talking about today include tips for cutting extra-wide ring gauge cigars, a trick to unplug a torch lighter, plus questions about Maduro and cigar flavor profiles…watch our videos now!

Read More

5 Things You Need To Know About… Whiskey And Cigars

This relationship actually runs pretty deep…so I’m sharing 5 Things I learned that bond whiskey and cigars together: how cigarmaking dovetails with distilling, why a smoke is a natural fit with a pour of whiskey by its side, and what else these indulgences have in common.

Read More
CACover Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua cigar review video

Cigar Advisor Panel: Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua Cigar Review – Video

The Cigar Advisors weigh-in with a review of the Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua 4 7/8 x 48; click to see the video, and get the Advisors' official tasting notes!
Read More