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Don’t Be Stressed Out When Smoking a Cigar

Dont Be Stressed Out When Smoking a Cigar

There are a vast array of hobbies we as individuals choose to partake in. Whether such hobbies are sports, listening to music, dancing, or even partying is solely up to the particular interests and preferences of the individual. However, it’s highly imperative for the individual to ensure that they’re truly happy performing/partaking in the activity. Unfortunately, many people end up spending their time on activities that they don’t necessarily enjoy. What’s the point of that? The activity can simply be considered as being a waste of time.

Among the many hobbies and activities that are available for people to partake in, one that’s often seen as being something many people partake in for celebratory purposes is smoking cigars. This can be a nice way for people to not only enjoy some of their time off from a hard day’s or week’s worth of work, it’s also something to do when engaging in conversations with others. It can be seen as something that’s a mood enhancer for many. However, in order for the cigar to be considered as being something that relaxes one, the individual smoking it should have assurance in knowing that they are relaxed prior to lighting one up. This is because the cigar may simply end up enhancing whatever mood they’re in from the first place. Meaning, if they’re wanting to enjoy their time smoking the cigar, they should delve into their session with a mind free of stress and worries. If they’re stressed out and/or worried about something, they may simply regret smoking the cigar at a point in time that they’re thinking about too many things that they may need to tend to or resolve.

By smoking a cigar at a time of feeling relaxed and happy, the individual smoking it will be able to enjoy the relaxing experience of smoking without feeling like they’ve wasted an opportunity of relaxing themselves even more, as that’s what tobacco leaves of cigars are meant to do. Before investing in a single or pack of cigars, be sure to take care of any issues you may be having so that you can truly enjoy the experience of smoking whichever brand you choose to invest in!

Lighting Your Pipe Properly

Lighting Your Pipe Properly

Every smoker develops their own technique for lighting a pipe, but in general it’s mostly straight forward. It’s best to avoid torch lighters as they burn much too hot and can char the tobacco as well as the pipe. A regular lighter, pipe lighter, or match (that should be the last resort for lighting it though) will do the trick. Pipe lighters are recommended, but a simple match will work just as well. In any case, the tool used to light a pipe comes down to the user’s preference.

The First Light
To ensure all of the tobacco is lit, the flame needs to be moving in a circular motion over the tobacco. Taking a couple draws while lighting the pipe will help the flame reach the middle part of the tobacco. This first light almost always goes out and is referred to as the charring light. Once the charring light goes out, which is typically under a minute, it’s best to use a tamper tool to pack the tobacco down. This will help solidify the tobacco and allow embers to be formed in the bowl chamber.

The True Light
Once the first light is complete, or the charring light, it needs to be lit again. After the pipe is lit, the user will want to take a couple draws to allow the bowl to light up evenly. It is important not to overdraw on the pipe because it’ll cause the tobacco to char and have a disgusting flavor. If the bowl was packed properly after the charring light, the pipe shouldn’t have to be lit again. All the user needs to do now is occasionally pack the tobacco to keep the embers going. When the bowl is close to finished, it’ll become more difficult to keep lit because there isn’t as much tobacco to preserve the light.

Controlling The Flame
There are times when it seems like it doesn’t matter how well the bowl was packed or lit, the tobacco will just not stay lit. When this happens, all the user needs to do is cover the bowl of tobacco with their fingers, while leaving a small hole for air to pass through to take some quick puffs. As soon as the puff is finished, the bowl can be uncovered and the process repeated. This is known as stoking the pipe and can be an effective way of keeping a pipe lit. The idea is to take puffs often enough so that the tobacco stays lit, but slow enough that the smoke doesn’t get too hot. Allowing the smoke to get too hot can cause a tongue bite, which is unpleasant at best. This is easy for someone to test by simply placing their fingers on the bowl, if it’s too hot to touch then it may be a good idea to slow down.

Learning the proper technique for lighting the pipe just takes a little practice, so there’s no need to get discouraged. All smokers find their own way of doing it just right, it’ll come with patience and experimentation.

Wood Can Be a Tremendous Component in Tasting Cigars

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As most people whom have had any familiarity with cigars will be able to tell you, wood (that’s the flavor of it, not actual wood itself) is an integral part of most cigar’s taste package. This is because the flavor is so instantly recognizable as well as so consistently predominant when it comes to cigars. Generally speaking, these flavors are typically separated into three primary categories. All wood type flavors are generally grouped under “plant” notes by most modern cigar enthusiasts; the three primary sub categories are as follows as follows, cedar, oak and smoked wood.

Cedar is usually going to be the kind of wood taste one is likely to get the most often. Most of the cedar flavor itself comes from cedar aged humidors, which’re popular among smoking aficionados. A stogie might also be imbued with a cedar scent and flavor from being long kept in a dark-lit, dry cedar cabinet. Put your humidor in your cabinet, leave your sticks to settle and age and, viola, you’ve got cedar flavor.

Next up we’ve got oak, now this is a much more uncommon flavor and is typically only achieved through rigorous cask aging. Though it should be noted here that some types of tobacco do possess a slight “oak” taste and aroma naturally, however, oak cask aged sticks are your safest bet to ensure you get the woody taste and aroma you desire.

Lastly, we’ve “smoky wood.” This particular kind of flavor is generally associated with hickory wood and mesquite. Smoked wood cigars are generally much harder to come by than cedar (at least those that actually taste good) and so may take a bit of digging to uncover.

Understanding the various wood flavors might seem trivial but in understanding them and being able to differentiate between them will allow you a greater deal of precision when blending or when pairing your next woody stogie up with a nice glass of wine or whiskey.

What Drink Do You Prefer With Your Cigar?

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The answer to the question of, “beer or whiskey?” in regards to cigar pairing can tell you a lot about the particular kind of cigar the person who answers is smoking. Why’s that? Well the reason why the answer to this question reveals so much information is that most people have a relatively similar general palette. The reason for this is that, back during our formative years as a species, where everyone was a hunter and gatherer, there needed to be some biological mechanism to tell us what to eat as well as what not to. Hence you’ve sweet foods being very appealing (as they were, by and large, very safe to eat), bitter foods being something to be completely avoided (as they were often poisonous) and sour foods falling somewhere in between (one needs salt but with sour berries one really doesn’t know if they’re poisonous or not until they are eaten). And thus, the modern palette began to form.

The relevance of all of this is that, whether we know it or not, we all tend to pair our foods, drinks and smokes by our in-born palettes. Matching sweet with sour and super-sweet with mild bitterness. Hence when one says that they prefer their cigars with white wine they are likely smoking a light bodied cigar. In a similar vein when one says that they enjoy their cigars with Irish whiskey or rum, they will generally tend to prefer more medium bodied cigars and when one prefers to pair their sticks with heavy single malts or extremely high IPA beer (Indian Pale Beer) they are likely favoring more heavy bodied cigars.

This, of course, is merely a general metric and not a absolute rule. That being said, it’s a good rule to follow, to pair one’s cigars up to one’s drinks by the “weight” of the cigar’s relative flavor, it’s “kick,” if you will. In this fashion you never let the strength of the drink overpower the cigar nor the boldness of the cigar outweigh the intricacies of the libation. The most important rule, more important even than properly balancing one’s palette, is to experiment, to try out as many different combinations of cigars and drinks as possible. Doing so will both expand and refine your palette as well as gift you with a venerable warehouse of cocktail party knowledge – a distinctive win-win if ever there was one.

4 Major Herbs and Spices Found in Cigars

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There are several popular terms which’re used to describe the flavor of the various herbs and spices. The four most popular types of herbs and spices which can be regularly found within any given cigar, either by themselves or in some combination are cinnamon, clove, pepper, licorice. So the obvious question arises – why have these three spices becomes so popular?

One of the primary reasons for this is for the obvious familiarity to the palette that all of these spices and herbs possess. It should here be noted that when one refers to a cinnamon or peppery note in any given cigar, one isn’t really referring to actual cinnamon or pepper but rather to the similarity that the leaf’s flavor bears in relation to these popular additives. For instance, the majority of pepper flavored cigars derive their particular flavor from their use of the corojo wrapper leaf which has the sharp, bold woody and spice notes of the pepper plant. In much the same way, when one speaks of a cinnamon flavored stogie, one is really speaking about the flavor which the lijero wrapper leaf has imbued the stogie with rather than any of the curly, aromatic bark so common to lattes at high end cafes.

Sticks which’re generally considered to have a licorice taste to them are somewhat of a exception to this rule. Of course, not that they actually do use any licorice (unless you are speaking of some kind of low end flavored cigarillo) but rather because the special flavor is achieved very temporarily when it reaches its “sweet spot” rather than from the wrapper itself. Clove has also been a extremely popular flavor, especially for cigarillos, such as Djarum’s highly popular black label line.

The primary thing one should draw from all of this is to always consider the specific type of wrapper you are purchasing (except in the case of an artificially flavored cigar or cigarillo, such as the Drew Estate ACID line). The wrapper should always be your go-to guideline for determining the overall flavor.