A quick start guide to understanding the rituals, traditions and etiquette of cigars.
There is something unique and special about smoking cigars. Whether you’re just curious about how they taste or you’re an aspiring aficionado – cigars and the traditions surrounding them can be enjoyed by anyone. If you’re a beginner, this is a great place to start to understand the general etiquette and rituals around cigars.
Hand Rolled vs. Machine Made
Storing and Selecting Cigars
What’s the hype behind Cuban cigars?Cuba has had a profound influence on the cigar industry. Cuban cigars are made following a tradition that’s been around for centuries and hasn’t changed in over a hundred years. Cigars made from Cuban tobacco produce a strong, authentic smoke, and are meant to be smoked slowly. The rich flavors and distinctive aromas speak to their unique blend of sun, sea, and soil, making smoking a Cuban cigar a luxurious experience.
The Rules of Cigar Smoking
When it comes to cigar smoking there is no shortage of traditions and etiquette that is expected. Smoking cigars properly has some key differences from cigarettes or other smokable products. Here are a few universal do’s and don’ts that every aspiring aficionado should understand and abide by:
Cut your cigar carefully.
The cap needs to be removed before lighting your cigar to allow air and smoke to move through as you draw. Our recommendation is the punch method which helps preserve the structural integrity of the cigar and does not require any special equipment.
Do not inhale.
Cigars aren’t meant to be inhaled. This allows you to savor your cigar, drawing the smoke into your mouth, and holding it for a while before releasing it. Take a moment before repeating the cycle.
Use matches to light your cigar.
The fuel from standard lighter often creates a harsh and unpleasant chemical taste that can damage your cigar. We recommend using matches made for cigars, but standard matches can work in a pinch.