Cigar Tips: The Puff Top 20
Written by James Payne

Friday, 19 February 2010

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Some people also suggest doing the old flash burn, where you try to “heat-up” the part that is uneven – I do not recommend it. First, I do not think it works and even if it did, I would not want to risk over-heating the stick.

I have personally seen this happen many times. Some guy swaggles into a cigar shop (that’s my own word people), lifts a smoke up right against his nose like a mustache and takes a deep sniff. Then he plops it back down.

This is bad etiquette for the obvious reason. Who the hell wants some idiot’s nose (and contents therein) all over their cigar?

Smelling a cigar is only going to tell you a little about it – so first off, do not use this as your only test. The way a cigar smells before being lit is different than it smells and tastes when it is lit anyway. If you have to smell it, do the courteous thing: place your face about a foot and a half to two and a half feet above the box and inhale.

Tip #4: How Do I Remove the Band

This is one of those questions that is part etiquette, part science. Some people say removing the band before smoking is wrong, others like to leave the band on to show off a fancy cigar. My thought is: who cares? If you want to leave it on, leave it on – if not, take it off.

From a structural stand-point, your only concern is that you can rip the wrapper sometimes when you remove the band. Remember that it is held in place by a type of glue (not Elmer’s paste you fool!). This glue adheres (haha pun!) to the same rules that other adhesives do: heat liquefies it. Therefore, the best method to remove your band is to light your cigar, smoke it for about ten minutes, then remove it.


0 # RE: Cigar Tips: The Puff Top 20Red Badge 2010-02-19 12:30
Re: Cigar Tips 3 & 5 - My experience is that an uneven burn usually results in a less than pleasant (and sometimes nasty) smoke. While I agree that letting a cigar rest and even itself out is a good way to correct an uneven burn, that doesn't always work. Or, I just don't have all day to spend on a cigar that isn't burning well on one side. I have used the flash burn many times with great success, allowing for the cigar to cool down once I've fixed the problem. Another issue is that there may be a mass of tobacco that is too compacted; rather than burn nicely it just smolders and makes the cigar taste nasty. It usually becomes evident when you tap off the ash and discover a hard projection that just isn't burning cleanly, and continues to be there as you smoke the cigar. While this doesn't always work, I have many times successfully broken the mass loose, purged the cigar, then relit if to find a totally different and far more enjoyable smoke. Sometimes a cigar is just a stinker, but my experience is that a bad tasting cigar is usually a cigar that is too damp, too dry, too hot or isn't burning evenly. Not much you can do to fix too damp or too dry (with a cigar you are already smoking). Too hot is a simple fix - slow down! Correcting an uneven burn I believe is imperative for a satisfying smoke. And never, ever try to smoke a cigar on a windy day - you're always going to be disappointed with the results. I'm just sayin' . . . .

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0 # kickerDannyboy 2010-02-25 11:57
For #5, it works better if you hold your butane lighter to the foot of the cigar and then blow thru the cigar causing the flame to blow outward, not sure why, but it works pretty well

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0 # bandsPaul Harwood 2010-03-10 08:41
Far too many non-Cuban cigars have huge ornate bands which occupy too much real estate on the cigar. Some seem to actually have the function of keeping the wrapper intact, and when you try to remove these, you tear the wrapper. Would like to see more Cuban-style labels like Tatuaje. The smoker should also be able to slide them off the cigar without wrapper damage.

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+1 # #2bmp 2010-05-25 01:19
For #2, I've heard that rotating the section of the cigar that isn't burning as fast to the bottom works because the smoke, which obviously rises, isn't there to obstruct or reduce the burning.

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