The bar I go to has started selling cigars. I smoke maybe one a year, but the little display humidor caught my eye. There were only six different cigars, so I just asked the guy at the counter for a recommendation. I wound up with a Luchador, a cool torpedo of tobacco with an eleven dollar price tag :eek: (I remember buying Macanudos for $1.75)
So, I eagerly lit up and it was good, but then it began raining and the deck was no longer hospitable. I moved indoors (and stopped hitting my cigar). I relit it for the drive to the restaurant, then let it go out again. Rinse, repeat.
So anyway, what do people do with cigars that they smoke a bit at a time? Keeping in mind that I might not buy another for a while.
I’ve never had good luck with relighting a cigar. Oh, if it goes out while I’m smoking it and I relight immediately, that’s fine. But if I put it away for a few hours, or even overnight, I’ve never enjoyed it again upon relighting. It loses a lot.
Better to invest in smaller cigars that you can finish in the time you have available. IMHO of course.
I agree with Tim R. Mortiss - if it goes out and you let it go cold, it isn’t exactly ruined but it will never be as good. Cold ash has a different and not pleasant flavor than smoke. I don’t pretend to have much of a palate, but so it seems to me.
You could cut it in half before you begin, and put the unlit half back in the humidor, but that tends to loosen the outer leaf and wastes a lot of the cigar into two butt ends.
I had a robusto yesterday while working in the back yard, and it went out about half way thru. I didn’t relight it for about twenty minutes. It was only a cheap one, but even so, I could tell the difference. Not only from having to have it warm up again, but the flavor was compromised.
I have a range of cigars, and I don’t light the expensive ones until I am sure I have at least an hour to finish it.
You have a metric ton of tars and other smoke related flavors now permeating your cigar. Once those go cold you end up with a weird taste because you are now smoking already smoked tobacco. If one of mine goes out and I relight right away I have no issues but they get pretty nasty when they are allowed to cool off. I never could smoke one that was relit a day or 3 later.
I used to smoke 'gars all the time. But haven’t had one for quite a while.
There was a guy I used to work with who would smoke 4 hits off one, blow through it, and then snip the stoke off and put it in the tube. Drove me nuts. Took him all shift to smoke one cigar. And he’d stink up the squad with it. Cigars I like but I don’t want to ride in a car that smells like stale smoke.
Enjoying a cigar is all about finding a patch of time when you can just CHILLLLLLL. Light up, enjoy the flavor, and just relax and ruminate on all that is good in your life as you taste the smoke and watch the clouds circulate around your head. And feel the kinship with all your forbears who did the same thing over the centuries before you… That’s living!
Not an apple! Unless you like an apple-flavored cigar, that is. However, a chunk of a raw potato is pretty neutral, and will work in a pinch.
Tobacco loves to pick up ambient flavors and odors. That’s how menthol cigarettes are made (menthol plus tobacco in a closed chamber), and it is how pipe tobaccos can be made to taste/smell like vanilla, caramel, etc.