This is a discussion on Short Story - Long Ash within the Cigar Pictures forums, part of the The Gallery category; Originally Posted by neil
i have a couple SS's im anxious to smoke! i always go to my longer smokes ...
I smoked one of those the other day and the ash didn't fall off until around 1 inch left. Of course i was outside with my dogs and no phone so nobody will believe it! You only need to ash a Short Story one time in my experience however.
I'll have to do an empirical study on the ash consistency of these sticks as I work my way through mine. LOL
Does a better cigar ash last longer then a lesser cigar?
While construction and density indeed play a large role in ash, so does smoking pace; moreso actually. The faster (harder) you smoke a cigar the less air space is left inside the burned tobacco (ash) and therefore the more tenaciously it holds together.
I tend to smoke very slowly and so I rarely see an ash of more than a couple inches. Just because an ash plops off unpredictably, isn't necessarily a sign of poor construction.