Best Ways to Store Your Cigars

Best Ways to Store Your Cigars

Today we’re going to talk about some of the best ways to store your cigars. Whether your passion for cigars is a new one or you’re a veteran cigar smoker the question always comes up – what is the best place to store my cigar?  We’re going to give you some good tips and recommendations on some of the best ways to store your cigar.

First off, you need to know how long you are going to be storing your cigar.  Are you going on a weekend trip?  Out to the golf course?  Or are you wanting to save a nice box for several months or even years?

Something to keep in mind while we touch on some of the best ways to store you cigar is that cigars originate from tropical places and they preform best in those conditions.  Ideally, you want to keep your cigar in a warm humid environment.  Think warm Dominican beach!  That’s where you want your cigar to be.  Unfortunately, we cannot spend our days on a nice sandy beach, but we can do our best to keep our cigars well hydrated and at the right temperature.

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Cigar tips: how to get your cigar to burn consistently

cigar to burn consistently

Here are a couple of easy to use tips to get your cigar to burn consistently.  We all know there is nothing more frustrating than having an uneven burn to your cigar.  It’s important to have a consistent burn on your cigars to get the maximum flavor and enjoyment out of them.

First you want to make sure that you have chosen a nice fresh cigar, for more details on this please click here. You want your cigar to be fresh with no visible defects.  Next you want to get a nice even cut on the tip of the cigar.  This will help to make it much easier to get a nice even draw.  If the cut is off center or too small you will be drawing more from one side than the other or drawing too hard to get the air through a small hole.   This can cause an uneven burn which will affect the flavor by allowing more of burnt taste to come in with the draw as it gets hotter on one side than the other.

Next you want to make sure the cigar is lit well all the way to the edges.  You want to make sure to hold the lighter or match as close to the center as possible, and not too far underneath or on top.  If you get too far out on the edge it will cause an inconsistent burn on the outside wrapper and will only get worse you as continue to smoke.

Once you got your cigar cut correctly and well-lit, it’s time to set back and enjoy your smoke. Make sure you have a nice even draw each time.  The smoke should roll out easily without much effort.  If it goes out just simply relight it making sure of the steps above.

One of the most important things you can do between the draw is the slightly roll the cigar.  Gently roll the cigar between your thumb and index and middle fingers anywhere from a quarter to a half rotation.  This will ensure your cigar to burn consistently all around.  Heat rises, and if you leave the cigar in the same position the entire time, or for long periods, you will begin to notice a slight uneven burn that will gradually become more pronounced the closer you are to finishing the cigar.  There is no need to roll the cigar continuously while smoking, but something to do between every other one or two draws depending on how fast you are smoking the cigar.  If you are using an ashtray and not holding the cigar, then rotate the cigar just the same in the ashtray between puffs.

Having an uneven burn can cause the cigar to change flavor unexpectedly and taste like ashes.  It can also cause the cigar to get hot in your hand, burn your lips or your palate.  Needless to say, this can make even the best cigars unpleasant.  Using these tips to get your cigar to burn consistently will ensure a more enjoyable experience.

Where Can I Smoke in NYC?

Where to smoke in NYC?

If you’re visiting New York for the first time or even if you’re a local, it can be hard these days to find a nice place to have a smoke in NYC.  Gone are the days of grabbing a cup of coffee and newspaper and heading to Central Park to enjoy a great cigar.  Although smoking is banned in almost every area of the city, there are still some exceptions and we want to help you find a good place to enjoy a smoke.

For you locals you know the drill by now, but if you’re new to the City or if it’s your first time you might need a little guidance.  A good rule of thumb when it comes to answering the question, where can I smoke in NYC? – is pretty much nowhere!  Certainly not indoors in any government or public office buildings, and any public mode of transportation, including taxis etc.  The big kicker is the public parks.  All public parks have a ban on smoking which includes cigars.

There are however, a few very nice places left in New York City to enjoy a nice cigar.  Obviously, you’re always welcomed at Martinez Cigars.  We don’t have a lot of space, but we have a lot of love and always find room for everyone.  We’ll also come to you!  We do many private events including weddings, bachelor parties, golf events etc.

Some of our favorite spots in the city are Hudson Bar and Books, founded in 1990 and is one of the best cigar lounges in the West Village. The Carnegie Club is probably one of the most well-known and largest cigar bars in NYC.  It’s located in mid-town and can hold up to 150 people.  Circa Tabac, also known as Soho Cigar Bar, is one of the few places left that you can actually have a nice dinner, cocktails and a smoke.  Merchants is a great place if you’re looking for some style and class to have a smoke.  Check their website for their dress code before heading over though.  All of these places are very unique and have been around for many years.  They welcome smoking and you’re sure to have a good time!

For a complete list of where to smoke and where not to smoke check out this article by Trip Advisor.

How to Choose a Cigar

You may have asked yourself, how to choose a cigar from time to time so we’re here to discuss this with you.  Many factors go into choosing a cigar, especially when trying a new brand or variety. These factors generally depend on your personal tastes, availability, and budget. Next time you’re in your favorite shop or on a trip in a reputable retailer be sure to ask them their professional opinion on what interests you. They will be able to help answer your questions and direct you to the proper cigars for you to try and might be able to teach you something you didn’t know.

If you don’t have time to get to your shop, don’t have any travel plans or want to shop online for something new, here is a list of some of the most common cigar characteristics people use to choose a cigar.

First thing to do when choosing a cigar

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