So, you want to smoke cigars? Well you are in the right place my friend. Mr Brown will share his expertise and give you the chance to learn about some of the best cigars from all around the world. We are always here to help you get the best from smoking a fine cigar.
Ok, so you're probably thinking 'where do I start to become an awesome cigar badass?' Well, there are many things you need to know and learn before continuing the path to becoming a stogie smoking jedi master. Before we geek out about the different types, sizes and styles of cigars, it is probably best to take about the essentials ever cigar smoker should possess. Accessories, accessories, accessories... before putting any cigar in your mouth there are a few tools of the trade you need to think about acquiring. Trust us, these tools are pretty damn important if you want to get the best enjoyment from your stogies.
You've probably seen a hollywood baddie with a cigar clenched between his teeth, who has vicously bitten the end off a cigar in order to smoke it. No, just no! A cigar needs to be handled like a lady, gentle with care. Cigars need a decent cut in order to smoke it without unneccessary damage. So, how do you cut a cigar I here you ask? Sure, any sharp knife may do the job but again this will more than likely end up breaking the wrapper on your cigar and reducing you to tears (we have all had one of these moments!)
To get a decent cut, we suggest you look at the basic options of cigar cutters: guillotine, punch and v-cut. A great introductory cutter would definately be to start with a double guillotine cutter. These offer a straight clean cut as the blades work from both sides slicing away part of the cigar's head. Now, punch cutters come with mixed opinions. Some seasoned cigar smokers swear by them yet other believe they make a difficult draw. However, punch cutters are ideal for the larger cigars. Some of these large cigars have some serious girth (aka ring gauge), making it almost impossible to fit it into a standard guillotine cutter. The punch cutter will literally 'punch' a hole in the head of a cigar. V-cutters are probably the least common, making a valley shaped cut in the head of the cigar.
Choosing a cutter is all about personal preference, like everything else regarding stogies. The main thing to keep in mind is that you need to avoid the cigar from unravelling in order to have a pleasant smoke.
Now, it time to get that stogie burning. There are many ways to light a cigar, and again eveyrbody has their preferred methods. Butane lighters are seen as the best way of lighting up a cigar. Butane burns clean, by this we mean that the fuel burns without any unwanted odours. It is quite common for newbies to think Zippo lighters are a cool lighter to use, however the fuel used in these lighters tend to make your cigar taste like ass. So when it comes to lighters it is probably best to use those with butane. The majority of experienced smokers tend to prefer the torch style lighter. This is because they are the most wind resistant and easiest to use. There are many varieties on the market including single, double and triple flame torch lighters.
We recommend getting your hands on a triple flame, more is always better for a quicker lighting method. Those larger cigars with the massive ring gauge take longer to get lit so it would be wise to use a torch lighter with more than one flame.
There are also many other ways to get your cigars lit and ready to puff. Some cigar aficionados will only use cigar matches and argue that this method is completely odour free. For the more experimental individuals, you may try to use a cedar spill. These a small splints of cedar wood which can be lit and in turn be used to light your cigar. Cedar spills gives extra taste to your sticks by transferring aromas whilst toasting your stogie.
Anybody who is serious about smoking cigars needs a humidor. A humidor is a box (or room) which allows you to properly store, protect and age your cigars, within the optimal humidity range of 68% to 72% at room temperature.
Think of a humidor as a fort for your cigars. They can stay nice and safe, in their best condition whilst laying around in their fort. This doesn’t mean that you can just abandon your stogies until you want to smoke one. Humidors need to be maintained to make sure that your sticks don’t get ill and frail and produce bad smoke.
In brief, a few extra tools needed for you humidor are:
You should season your humidor before you use it to store your stogies. A small bowl (depending on how large your humidor is) of distilled water should be left in the bottom of your humidor for a day or two. Let the RH (relative humidity) reading reach 80 (a little higher than normal) to add cigars. The water in the bowl should be soaked up into the wood of the humidor on its own, so there is no need to wipe the inside of your humidor with distilled water.
IMPORTANT! – Always use distilled water, clean hands etc. Your cigars are your babies….treat them with care, they are fragile.