Originally appeared in Montecristo Social Club on March 20, 2013
The superior, hand-made quality of premium cigars demands etiquette that is crucial among adult aficionados. Here are some etiquette tips that will help you enjoy the premium smoking experience to the fullest.
Deciding where to enjoy a premium smoke is an important factor to keep in mind. Personal smoking rooms or outdoor locations are ideal, but to enjoy your smoke with kindred spirits, head over to a local cigar lounge. But no matter where you enjoy your cigar, be considerate of your surroundings.
Secondly, a cigar should always be lit correctly. A great cigar should never be started with a fluid lighter. Instead, opt for a butane lighter especially made for cigars. These lighters will produce super-hot torch flames that easily light the cigar. When lighting, the flame shouldn’t be set directly to the foot. The tobacco must first be lightly toasted above the flame before rotating the foot to ensure an even burn.
Cigar lovers also know to never bite off the tip of a cigar. There are tools for this. Invest in a great cutter that will serve you well and last quite some time. Cutters come in various types: guillotine, scissor, punch and more. Your smoke will be that much more enjoyable.
There seems to be two schools of thought about the band. In Europe, these are generally removed right away so as not to identify what kind of cigar is being smoked. In the U.S., this step is not regarded as stringently.
To that end, a cigar should never be stubbed out like a common cigarette when finished. Rather, a cigar should be given a more graceful ending. Simply placing the cigar in an ashtray is fine. The cigar will extinguish itself after some time.
A good cigar can last 30 to 120 minutes. But a reputation for considerate manners and good etiquette can last a lifetime.