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Smoking a cigar is an experience. There’s a sense of satisfaction that always follows this pastime. However, in order to gain the full cigar experience, you need to first know how to go about smoking one.

Contrary to what many first timers think, smoking a cigar is very different than smoking a cigarette. But even if you’ve never enjoyed a cigar, there are techniques and tricks that can quickly make you a master.

How to Smoke a CigarFirst, you need the correct equipment.

By equipment, we mean a lighter. If you already have a lighter, it’s most likely your basic Zippo lighter that you picked up at a convenience store. If you don’t have a lighter, you might assume that matches will work just as well. However, experts recommend using a wooden cigar match or a butane lighter. These are specifically designed for cigar use and won’t tamper with the taste.

When you light your cigar, start by holding the cigar at a 45-degree angle and ignite the flame three to four inches from the cigar’s tip. Unlike a cigarette, do not place the tip of the cigar directly in the flame. Instead, keep a few inches of distance between the cigar and flame while slowly rotating the cigar. This will ensure an even burn. Once you see the tip start to ignite, bring the cigar to your mouth and draw in a breath. When you exhale, you should see a hot ember on the end of the cigar, which means you’re finally ready to sit down and enjoy.

Follow these pointers.

Once the cigar is lit, the fun part begins. If you’re wondering how to smoke a cigar, look no further. We have a complete list of pointers that will make your experience enjoyable.

Do not inhale.

This is your number one rule to follow.  Unlike a cigarette, you should draw the smoke into your mouth and then expel it. This will take practice, so don’t be afraid to ask other experienced cigar smokers for advice. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to draw in slowly and hold the smoke in the back of your mouth for a few seconds to fully experience the flavor.

Choose the right blend.

Everyone has their individual preferences, so you may have to try a few cigars before you discover what you like. As a general rule, stick to lighter blends when you first begin and work your way to heavier cigars. One major rookie mistake is that people assume thinner cigars are lighter and, therefore, better for beginners. This is not necessarily true, and in many cases, smoking a thinner cigar means your mouth is closer to the flame. This can cause you to experience more negative side effects of the cigar while you’re learning, so don’t be afraid to try something wider.

Wait to remove the label.

It’s actually a personal choice if you remove the label on your cigar or not, but if you do want to take it off, wait a few minutes or so for the cigar to heat up. This will cause the adhesive holding the label on to melt and make it easier to peel off. This way, you won’t have to worry about ruining the outside of the cigar.

Alternate your breathing pattern.

Sometimes cigars tend to go out between puffs. To prevent this, y
ou can take very short quick puffs before taking a long draw. This will actually help your cigar burn more regularly.

History of Cigars | BLEND Bar Cigar | Davidoff CigarsDon’t be intimidated by the ash.

As you move through your smoke, you will develop ash buildup at the end of your cigar. Cigarette smokers are supposed to tap this part off, but cigar smokers should avoid this habit. Instead, use an ash tray and roll the base of the cigar until the ash breaks off. However, don’t do this too often because ash buildup is a sign of a higher-quality brand. In general, try not to let the ash get any longer than an inch.

Try these tips and let us know how they work. Better yet, try them at BLEND in Indianapolis or Nashville. Our staff will be happy to help you if you have further questions. Smoking a cigar is an experience. Let BLEND help make the experience enjoyable.

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