Cigar Smoking 101 | Watch this before you start smoking a cigar

Cigar Smoking 101 | Watch this before you start smoking a cigar


Cigar smoking is a time honored tradition
But theres a few thing you need to know before
you light that cigar for the first time stay
tuned
fellas its robert your everyday gentleman
and today we’re talking about cigars
got a couple cigars in here
this is my little travel humidor
now this is a past time enjoyed by many people
both male and female
and can be a very relaxing thing to do
but at the same time it can also be a little
intimidating
theres so much when it comes to smoking it
can be a little overwhelming
but today we’re going over the essential information
that you need
so you can really get the most out of smoking
that cigar
the first step cigar selection
when you first walk into a cigar shop or somewhere
to purchase a cigar
you’ll notice that there’s a vast variety
when it comes to what options you have
theres a number of different brands from different
regions
each with their own flavors strengths and
sizes
now if you’re a beginner you should definitely
start with something that’s mild in strength
maybe medium
even though you don’t inhale the smoke
the nicotine that goes into your mouth from
the tobacco or the smoke can sometimes cause
nausea which could ruin a good experience
for you
the color of a cigar is usually a good indication
as to the strength of a cigar
the darker the stronger
but thats not always the case
a cigar shop will have people there that will
offer you assistance to make sure that you
get the best cigar for you
now me personally I’ve been smoking cigars
for quite some time
but I still enjoy a mild to medium smoke
I’m not huge on a very strong cigar
typically this is my travel humidor i only
brought out a couple cigars
I have a pretty nice humidor maybe I’ll do
a video on my setup in the future but
one that I really enjoy is this Rocky Patel
Vintage 1999 Connecticut
This is one I recommend to beginners all the
time whenever I introduce somebody to smoking
or if I offer somebody that has come over
to visit a cigar
I usually have a number of these on hand
cause this is a good introduction to cigar
smoking
it has a very very good smell
it has a very good flavor
and again it’s not a very strong cigar so
I’m gonna be having one of these today
now the next thing to look at with a cigar
is the cigar size
now this is typically known as a robusto
mainly because of the diameter and the length
those are the two dimensions that you look
at when you are looking at the size of a cigar
the diameter also known as the ring gauge
is basically the width of the cigar of the
size of the ring of the cigar
there’s really no correlation when it comes
to the strength of the cigar to the diameter
of a cigar or the ring gauge
but what it does do is change the way the
cigar burns
a larger diameter cigar is going to burn cooler
and slower
where a slimmer cigar will burn hotter and
faster
now the length is just that
the length of a cigar
cigars come in different lengths some shorter
than this
churchills are a little bit longer
and just like diameter or ring gauge length
really just impacts how long you will be smoking
that cigar
and also the draw
the draw is the act of putting the cigar in
your mouth and inhaling to bring the smoke
into your mouth
which you want to make sure it doesn’t go
into your lungs
to simplify i would say go with something
a little shorter at the very beginning
just so that you dont have a waste if you
don’t enjoy the experience for example or
if you don’t have a lot of time
start with something a little smaller then
as you enjoy or as you smoke more and get
more experience you’ll come to realize what
you prefer
and thats really what it is its just what
do you prefer when it comes to sizes
now typically I’ll have something like this
a cigar this size will last me about 30 – 45
minutes thats a good amount to time to just
sit back and enjoy and relax while I’m smoking
a cigar
but if I’m on the golf course for example
i’ll take a couple churchill’s which are a
little bit longer something about 7 inches
or so
and that will last me a good maybe 7 or 8
holes
so it really depends on what’s going on and
what you’re doing while you’re enjoying the
cigar
now is where the fun really begins
now it’s time to cut this thing and light
this thing up
theres are few different ways that you can
cut a cigar
the three most common ways are a stright cut
that’s done with a guillotine something like
this
this is a little low budget guillotine but
these are pretty easy to find
it costs a couple bucks
if this is your method of choice you can invest
in a much nicer cutter
typically I don’t like a straight cut
what a straight cut does is you can see there
are two blades and what you do is you insert
the cigar into the opening and then you slice
it open
you just want to take a bit off
it really just comes down to what you prefer
you just want to make sure you don’t go too
far beyond that cap that going over the end
of the cigar
because if you do that then the cigar will
start breaking up and its just going to mess
up the experience
so really its just cutting off a bit maybe
halfway through the curve of the round end
and then snip that off
and then enjoy your cigar
the second way is what’s known as a v cut
kind of like a guillotine but instead of having
just a straight line it will cut a v into
the edge of it
so its almost cutting like a channel on the
edge of it that then you can draw the smoke
through
I’ve never tried a v cut
really what I prefer is what is know as a
punch
my lighter here carries a punch on the inside
and really what a punch does is it just kind
of like a hole puncher
it cuts a hole into that cap end which for
me is perfect because it gives you just enough
of an opening to get a good draw of the smoke
into your mouth
but it also isnt so big that you can get some
of that filler going into your mouth which
I don’t really enjoy too much
so typically when I punch a cigar I’ll take
the punch
put it up against the cap and then slowly
just turn it
letting the blade cut into the end
you want to make sure you don’t force it in
too strong
because if you do you could start breaking
that wrapper
and then its just going to mess up the cigar
as you’re smoking it
you’ll feel the punch start going in it’s
almost to the end here really
and then you just pull it out and you see
that the cigar has a nice little opening on
the end
and there’s the bit that I took off
so again this is what I prefer
and I like that my lighter has the punch on
the end that way I can always have this with
me wherever I go
that’s the punch and that’s the opening
and now the cigar is ready to be lit
with lighting a cigar there’s a few different
ways that you can do this and a few different
tools that you can use
there’s different flames that you can use
to light the cigar
what you want to use is what’s known as a
torch with a flames that comes out like that
this is really good the butane that’s in here
one doesn’t mess up the flavor the cigar
and two if it’s a really windy day that strong
torch stays on a little bit more than just
your standard loose flame
I have two here this is my travel one that
I carry pretty much anywhere I go Vektor is
the brand
it was like 30 bucks wasn’t anything crazy
expensive
and then I have this home torch that I use
if I’m hanging out at the house or having
a cigar in the backyard
it has four burners in it same as that one
but it’s a little bit of a bigger flame
you can hear that there
it also locks open
but this is a torch

3 thoughts on “Cigar Smoking 101 | Watch this before you start smoking a cigar

  • Well done, brother. I’m digging the channel. This was a perfect topic for myself, as I’m just starting get interested in stogies. You mentioned your larger, home humidor(I guess you’d call it?) in this production. I for one, would love for you to elaborate, as I’m shopping around myself & any tips, or info, would be great.

    You’re doing great, Robert. Keep at it, man. I’m glad you were brave enough to start the channel & wish you nothing but success. If & when you you get interested in men’s bespoke, hit me up.

    Peace,
    Steven

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