To toast or not to toast – that is the question. Whether or not to toast your cigar before lighting is a common question among cigars smokers. One you probably asked yourself a few times when you first started smoking cigars. Even though there is no hard and fast rule, the consensus is yes – it is the best practice to toast your cigar before lighting it. Toasting your cigar before lighting does a couple of things to help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your cigar, see below for some helpful tips and reasons to toast your cigar.
One of the first steps in smoking a great cigar is getting a proper cut with a cigar cutter. This is an important element that, if not done correctly, could take away from your smoking experience. Hundreds of years ago people simply used a knife or bit off the end of the cigar. This will absolutely work today, but luckily we have some much better options. Save the pocket knife and chewing the tip off for when you’re in a real bind.
There are three basic types of cigar cutters available today and they come in all shapes and sizes as well as a range of qualities. No matter your preference of cut, a basic cigar cutter is often better than biting the tip off of your cigar. Biting the cigar tip will often cause the end of the cigar to unravel making for a poor draw and potentially ruining the cigar if the wrapper completely comes off. You’re much better off with a straight cut, v cut, punch cut cigar cutter or even the trusty pocket knife will do better.
As with everything in life there are many ways to get a job done. The same is true for even the simplest of pleasures such as lighting up a fine cigar. We’re going to discuss the pluses and minuses of some of the most popular ways people light their cigars with matches, lighters and cedar stick. Hopefully it’ll give you some tips on improving the experience of your smokes.
Matches & Lighters
Using either matches or a lighter are probably one of the most common ways to light a cigar. They are easily available, very dependable and they travel easily as well. When using matches, it is recommended to use wooden matches and the longer ones you can get the better. The biggest down fall with matches is the sulfur taste that can go straight into the cigar when you hold the match up to light it. It’s hard to avoid the sulfur tainting the flavor of the cigar, but you can minimize the sulfur by lighting the match away from the cigar and letting it burn down the wooden stick a little ways before bringing it up to the cigar.
New York City-based Martinez Cigar Factory is proudly participating in the Movember Foundation’s annual Movember campaign, by hosting a Movember cigar rolling event. The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow a moustache, men and women to be physically active and move, or host a fundraising event. All of which spark conversations and raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health.
On November 15h, Martinez Cigars will be hosting a Movember cigar rolling event to raise money for men’s health at their cigar factory in Manhattan. For more details on the event, you can go to their event page.
There is really nothing better than having a fine smoke while enjoying a day of golf. Plus smoking on a golf course is one of the last places acceptable for enjoying a leisurely cigar. Here are a few cigar etiquette tips to keep in mind while you’re out on the course:
- Know Who You’re Golfing with
If you’re out on your own for a day golf or just getting in a quick nine holes, then what you do with the cigars is really up to you. When you’re out with a partner or a group it’s important to know their preference for cigar smoking. Ask if anyone has an objection before lighting up. If anyone objects find a way to work with them. For example switch carts if you’re paired up with someone that doesn’t like the smoke. Let them know you’ll be a step behind them or in front. Most people expect there to be some smoking on the course so shouldn’t be too big of an issue. On the other side, bring enough smokes to share with your group. Lots of guys would love a smoke, but will have forgot to pick one up, and if you’re with new people what a better way to make new friends.