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  • Justin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Cigars belong ONLY surrounded by good healthy food and preferably wine, coffee, mineral water, or high quality distilled liquors which cleanse the palate between draws or groups of draws during 'sessions.' 

    They should NOT be inhaled except what is called 'back inhalation' (done for deeper tasting purposes), which is when the entire body of smoke is drawn into the mouth then fully expelled, followed by a quick gentle inhalation with whatever remains behind, (trying to get the taste deep into the throat, not the lungs). Even that should be done only rarely since inhaling cigar smoke directly is terrible for the lungs. You will learn how to enjoy 'second hand' plumes, (much less harsh), by staggering your breathing, (tends to come naturally over time).

    They should be viewed as a 'mouth-based' experience, done for enjoying layers of tastes, (also called a 'bouquet' as with wines), and they typically have three distinct 'stages' to them also: an 'opening,' a 'mid-point' and a 'finish.' They tend to each be very different.

    Fine cigars generally take a minimum of one hour and sometimes two to smoke, so people frequently extinguish the cigar gently and store it in an airtight box, (not with the other unsmoked cigars in a humidor or cigar box). Some people even just use a plastic bag after the cigar is fully cooled.

    They should ideally be smoked at the lowest possible temperature to prevent searing and uneven burning, which means gentle puffs and long gentle draws done only patiently, (no constant puffing or hard draws). The ash should be allowed to 'grow' as long as possible to keep the temperature down as well and enhance the flavor, gently tapping it off only when it is already prepared to fall off on its own. It is better to have to relight than to sear the cigar trying to keep it lit.

    When lighting the cigar, you should either remove the 'crown' gently with your teeth, (traditional 'Cuban' method which takes practice), or cut the crown off with a cigar cutter. Punching a hole is also done but I find this restricts much of the flavor and experience. You should avoid placing flame direct onto the cigar itself since this can cause searing and uneven burning. Instead, light the flame and hold the end of the cigar within a half inch or so, using one long gentle inhalation followed by several light puffs to draw the flame into the cigar while spinning it gently around as needed to make certain it is fully lit. Aim for the center of the cigar and work out and around until a nice plume of smoke emerges, then allow it to cool off and ash up a bit before continuing to smoke it. 

    The selection you have there is actually excellent. My suggestion is to start with the smaller cigars with the wider ring gauge first since these are easier to light and handle without searing. Also your 'session' will be shorter, so you can finish the entire thing instead of breaking up the 'stages',' thereby getting the entire intended experience. 

    You are fortunate to have such a fine selection. 

    Enjoy. 

    * As far as health concerns, smoking cigars intelligently minimizes any health risks at all. Many famous men who smoked cigars every day not only lived to ripe old ages but had few health issues, mostly because they were smart enough to surround it with a healthy lifestyle and good company or contemplation, rather than view it as a vice. The few who suffer from it tend to inhale cigars, smoke them habitually rather than for deeper enjoyments or without cleansing the palate, eating healthy food, etc...and fail to appreciate the wonderful arts involved.

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Stinky breath and smelly clothes.

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  • 2 months ago

    Throat problems with lungs for sure.

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