At some point we’ve all wondered how to hold a cigar. Is there a proper way to hold a cigar? Is there an expected etiquette to holding a cigar when in a cigar lounge or around other cigar aficionados? Although there is not a cigar book on how to hold a cigar there are a few suggested ways to hold a cigar.
Cigar Regulations – In 2016 (August) the FDA started regulating certain tobacco products that weren’t previously in their purview – cigars being one. Now that they are regulated, in order to be on the market, the FDA requires manufacturers to go through a lengthy approval process for any cigars made after 2007 (this includes us here at Martinez). I think you know that the variety of cigars on the market each year are part of the appeal. At least 10,000 new cigars hit each year. If this FDA standard stays, the amount of cigars available will decrease drastically, not only to the dissatisfaction of you our consumers, but to the detriment of the owners of cigar retailers like us and lounges that we support.
The Cigar Association of America looking for your help to reach out to Sen. Schumer to change that “lookback date” from 2007 to 2016 when they actually started regulating the product! It is really easy — If you wouldn’t mind helping them out – all you have to do is click the link pasted here – and enter your address – then it will bring up a pre-drafted email which you can edit (if you like) and then send along to the Senator. http://cigarassociation.org/ take-action
Having a good cigar ashtray is a nice edition to your smoking experience. Gone are the days of ashtrays on every counter in every room or in our cars – let alone a nice robust cigar ashtray. And if you do see one around chances are good that it’s just for decoration. This can be annoying, but also offer an opportunity to choose a nice cigar accessory. In the comfort of your own home or favorite cigar lounge a nice ashtray is a must. In today’s market there are many different ashtrays available with a variety of accessories to choose from.
We’d thought we’d start this year off with some basic cigar advice for all of our cigar smoking friends. If you’ve been smoking cigars for a while these will most likely come as no surprise. However, there might be some tips here that you wished you had heard about before you were a pro. Here at Martinez we meet a lot of people that are new to smoking and thought it would be a good idea to go over a few questions we’ve all had a one time or another.
Custom torch lighters have become more and more popular over the years. We’ve written a couple of articles about what is the best way to light a cigar and tips on toasting a cigar before lighting it both of which mention some of the benefits and downfalls of torch lighters. For the purest out there who don’t want any unwanted residue in their cigars, a torch lighter may not be for you. The concern most people have with a torch lighter is that the butane used to fuel it can sometime infiltrate the flavor of your cigar – and no one wants that. However, there are some really nice custom torch lighters available now that minimize this issue and you should not be detoured from getting a high quality torch lighter.