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Why Lemon, Lime (and Alcohol) are Effective at Cleansing the Palate

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Cigar Q&A: Cleansing the Palate

Q. I recently read your blog on cleansing the palate before smoking a cigar. My question is, why are citrus drinks like Bitter Lemon good for doing this?
– Ramon in San Antonio

A. For the answer to this question, allow me to refer to an email I received on that blog from my SocialCigar.com friend, Robert Meyn:

“It’s basically the same reason I use Bourbon/water/lime twist (and not too strong on the bourbon) as my “smoking” drink: both alcohol and acids (citric specifically with lemon or lime) are solvents (polar protic solvents to be exact) i.e. they dissolve things that might by adhering to the inside of your mouth and blocking your taste buds. Dang, I’m glad that minor in chemistry finally paid off.” – Robert

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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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