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The Puff Cigar FAQ: Answering More of Your Questions
Written by James Payne

Monday, 16 February 2009

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Question: How much of my cigar should I smoke? Do I smoke it all the way down?

Answer: The simple and short answer is: as much as you want. Time constraints and other factors may cause you to shorten your smoke. Whatever the case, if you decide not to smoke down to the bottom, never, ever smoosh out the cigar. This will cause a foul odor to infect the air. Instead, leave it in the ashtray and let it burn out of its own accord.

 

A side note about not finishing your cigar. Some people like to take unsmoked portions of their cigars (Winston Churchill was one, or at least his gardener was) and grind them up after they have burned out, and use it as fertilizer.

Question: What is the white, powdery substance on my cigar?

Answer: People’s first thought is that this is mold, but it is not. Mold appears with a blue-ish tint, and unlike the white powder, cannot be easily brushed or blown off.

 

So what is this white powder? It’s a natural occurrence in a properly stored, good quality cigar. As the oil in your cigar rises to the surface, it leaves behind this white substance. To get rid of it, simply blow or gently brush it off. You can, if you want, try to rid yourself of it by lowering the temperature/humidity in your humidifier.

 

If you would like to know the name of this substance by the way, it is known as Bloom, or sometimes Plume.

 

Question: How do I tell if a cigar is constructed well?

Answer: One method is through the pinch method. Grab the cigar, and gently pinch it or squeeze it with your thumb and forefinger. There is no need to be rough, as you can damage the cigar. What you are looking for is a firm response, but not too firm. Too firm is bad, and too spring or mushy is bad as well. You are looking for firmness with a little spring.

 

Question: What type of water should I use in my humidor?

Answer: When adding water to your humidifier, only use distilled water. Using tap water or regular bottled water can damage your humidor over time. First of all, the majority of bottled water is technically still tap water; that is, it comes from government resevoirs, the same as the water in your tap. Therefore, tap and bottled water both have added minerals that tend to build up in your humidor as the water evaporates. You will notice a rusty/tan build-up. This build-up clogs the skin and pores of your humidor, rendering it useless.

 

And on a final note, water should be tasteless and odorless, but that is not always the case. If you use tap water, your cigars may eventually take on the flavor. If you want to know what that tastes like, go drink from your sprinkler.

 






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0 # James Payne 2009-02-09 14:39
Thanks for reading and welcome to the second article in my series The Puff Cigar FAQ. I try to answer questions from both rookies and veterans. If you have any questions, or differing solutions to those herein, please drop us a line and let us know!

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0 # Brian 2009-02-18 09:08
Thanks for the FAQ! Some good info in there that we can all use! I started smoking a year ago and love any info i can get!

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