A man in a suit holding a cigar in his right hand, with smoke wafting up from the end. He has a serious expression and is looking off to the side.

Smoking a cigar can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but if you’re new to the world of cigars, it can also be a bit intimidating. With so many types of cigars available and different ways to smoke them, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of how to smoke a cigar, from selecting the right cigar to properly lighting and enjoying it.

Step 1: Choosing Your Cigar The first step in smoking a cigar is selecting the right one. Cigars come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, so it’s important to find one that suits your tastes. Some people prefer a mild and smooth cigar, while others enjoy a stronger, more complex smoke. If you’re new to smoking cigars, you might want to start with a milder cigar to get used to the flavor and the sensation of smoking.

When selecting a cigar, examine it closely. Look for a smooth, even surface with no visible lumps or soft spots. A good cigar should have a firm, even texture and a nice aroma. If you’re unsure what to choose, ask your local tobacconist for recommendations.

Step 2: Cutting the Cigar Before you can smoke your cigar, you need to cut the end off to create an opening for smoking. You can use a special cigar cutter or a sharp knife to make a clean cut. It’s important to make the cut cleanly and evenly to ensure a smooth, even draw.

When cutting the cigar, be careful not to cut too much off the end. This can cause the wrapper to unravel, making the cigar difficult to smoke.

Step 3: Lighting the Cigar Now that your cigar is cut and ready to smoke, it’s time to light it. Hold the cigar in your dominant hand and use a lighter or a wooden match to light the end. Avoid using a candle or other type of flame, as this can impart unwanted flavors into the cigar.

Hold the cigar in the flame, rotating it to ensure an even light. Once the end is lit, blow gently on the cigar to create an even burn. Take a few puffs to get the cigar fully lit and ensure a smooth draw.

Step 4: Smoking the Cigar Now that your cigar is properly lit, it’s time to start smoking. Hold the cigar in your mouth and take a puff, but don’t inhale the smoke. Instead, let the smoke roll over your tongue and savor the flavor.

As you smoke the cigar, be sure to rotate it every few puffs to ensure an even burn. Take your time and enjoy the experience, savoring the flavors and aromas of the cigar.

Step 5: Finishing the Cigar When you’re finished smoking the cigar, it’s important to properly extinguish it. Simply place the cigar in an ashtray and let it burn out on its own. Don’t try to put it out like a cigarette, as this can create unwanted flavors and aromas.

With these basic steps, you should be able to enjoy a smooth, relaxing cigar-smoking experience. Remember to take your time, savor the flavors, and enjoy the moment. With a little practice, you’ll be a cigar aficionado in no time!

Come in to Long Island Cigar and a member of our team will show you the ropes.