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Friday, 06 September 2013

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If you’re a purist—or just cheap—there’s always the old standby, Ohio Blue Tip Matches. These are so popular with cigar enthusiasts that when the owner of the company pulled them from the market in 2011, the uproar from smokers made this look like a very bad business move. Earlier this year, Ohio Blue Tip Matches made a triumphal return to the market, complete with hip new packaging. At $3.50 for a box of 250, you can’t beat the price.


Blue Tip Matches

The three-match method

A favorite with sophisticated smokers is the three-match method of lighting. To master this maneuver, start with an unlit cigar and three wooden matches. Light the first match and hold it away from the cigar until the phosphorus has a chance to burn off, then hold it well below the foot of the cigar. Begin rolling the cigar in your fingers, slowly and carefully. You want to slowly and thoroughly warm the cigar.


Lighting a cigar

Then put out the first match and blow on the foot. Light match number two and repeat the rolling process. Be sure the complete circumference of the cigar’s foot is being evenly ignited.

Light the third match, then give the cigar a few more turns over the flame. Lightly draw on the cigar while holding the flame beneath the foot. Check to see if the cigar is now evenly lit. If so, you can put out the match.

Devotees of this method swear that it prevents any odors of the matches getting into the cigars and assures that the cigar will be fully lit before you take the first draw.

The spill

Another aid to getting the perfect light with a match is the spill, a slim piece of wood that can maintain an even flame that will allow you to slowly roast and toast your smoke. The best spills are made from the same Spanish cedar used to line humidors, so they can impart that delectable scent to your smokes.


Cigar Spill Box

Commonwealth Cedar Spills are made of Spanish cedar that contains very little oil or resin to contaminate your cigar. 100 Commonwealth Cedar Spills start at $65 for 100 in a fancy wooden box.


Another favorite is Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills, which sell for $14.95 for a box of 25, or 50 for $19.95. Add $15 per box for custom engraving on each spill.

Whatever match you prefer, just light your favorite cigar and enjoy it!

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0 # seniorBob Cione 2013-09-08 17:04
great article..I was in the bar business many years and it took me back in °!! ;=)

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0 # RE: Find Your Perfect Match – For Lighting a Cigar, That Isirie 2013-09-10 11:30
The most important detail of the 3 match method which was also excluded from this article is the fact you do not cut the cap until you get to the third match. The is to prevent any contaminates from potentially being drawn in while toasting the foot.

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0 # NoneMDSPHOTO 2013-09-10 16:24
A yes Hellboy learned this proper way of lighting a cigar in his second movie.

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