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14
Jan

Smoking a Wet Cigar

There have been several heated discussions in blogs and forums on the web, over the benefits of wetting your cigar before smoking it. Min Ron Nee, a well respected aficionado was the one that said he sometimes puts his cigars under the tap before smoking them to enhance their flavours and the overall smoking experience. Some people said that it did seem logical, some more adventurous tried it and some simply said this was impossible! I thought I should try the experiment myself and find out if wetting a cigar would make it more pleasurable to me. To be able to compare it with a dry cigar, I picked up two Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas, in order to smoke them at the same time. Both cigars were from the same 2008 box.

In order to wet your cigar, you need to place it under a running tap and keep it there for 6-7 seconds. The wrapper acts as a repellent, preventing the water from getting into the filler. If the filler gets wet during the procedure, the cigar will be unsmokable. With one of the Small Club Coronas soaking wet, its time to light them both and see what the fuss is all about.

Smoking a Wet Cigar

Cutting

The dry RASCC is cut straight and evenly, while the wet one requires a little more effort and the wrapper is not cut as clean as in the dry cigar.

Lighting

Both cigars light up equally well. The wet cigar shows no signs of black, charcoaled wrapper. A few puffs later, both cigars have developed a good coal and the wet RASCC looks as if it has already dried, however it feels cooler on the lips.

Draw

Not much of a difference here, however the wet RASCC delivers smoke that has a cooler feel!

Burn

Both cigars burn evenly at start, but the wet cigar starts burning unevenly after the first half. This could have been caused by the wrapper being more soaked on some parts.

Smoke

The wet RASCC produces ample smoke, more than the dry one, that has a richer texture and a darker colour.

Ash

The ash is of similar colour on both cigars, however it stays longer on the wet cigar. On the dry cigar it quickly falls after reaching 3/4″ length, while on the wet RASCC it reaches an inch.

Wet Cigar Ash

Coal

The coal is similar on both cigars, flat and slightly tunneling.

Flavour

Although the flavours are almost identical on both cigars, the finish and intensity are different. While the dry RASCC is sharper and has more kick, the wet one is more robust and full. The dry cigar has a long finish, with a slight acidic taste and the wet cigar has a bitter finish.

Closing Thoughts

It was obvious to me that wetting the cigar had some benefit on the overall experience. It did not result in massive changes in the flavours and it certainly wont turn a bad cigar to a great one. I was happy with the experiment and I would recommend it to everyone. Thumbs up to Min Ron Nee for sharing this technique. Will I be putting every cigar under the tap from now on? Possibly not, but it is something I would do every now and then.

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03
Dec

Smoking Cigars in Winter

Brrr… can you believe that winter is already here? There is a lot I love about this time of the year, especially holidays and spending time with family and friends. But I pretty much dread it from a cigar smoking perspective. I can’t smoke in the house, and there are not many cigar-friendly lounges anywhere near where I live. That means I have to smoke outdoors. And it gets cold here.

You can’t really enjoy a good stogie when you’re just sitting there shivering and wishing you could go inside. And it can take a couple of hours to get through a cigar, unless you’re smoking something really short like the Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill or a Nub, so you have to find a way to stay warm if you’re going to get through the winter. How do I do it? I stock up on winter accessories. Here is what I recommend!

1. Pick up some fingerless gloves or heated glove liners

Keeping your hands warm is a must! But at the same time, you need to be able to actually use your fingers to hold your cigar. For that, heavy-duty gloves are obviously not going to cut it.

Fingerless Gloves - a Must-Have Accessory for Smoking Cigars in WinterSo what I recommend is that you pick up some of those fingerless gloves which keep your hands warm, but give you all the dexterity you need. A pair of such gloves will set you back around $10. You can even buy gloves with flaps that go over where your fingers are. Another alternative is just to buy heated glove liners. These have fingers, but they are made of thin material since they are designed to fit inside your actual gloves. So they offer you a perfect compromise between a full-glove and a fingerless glove in terms of warmth and dexterity.

2. Grab some heat packs for your gloves

Hand WarmersI am also a fan of those little heat packs you can fit inside your gloves (some gloves have a special pocket for the heat pack). If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, these are packets which are popular with skiers and snowboarders. They contain a safe, inert mixture of chemicals that react and generate heat when they are exposed to the air. Once you activate them, they can provide you with hours of warmth. You can even store a half-used pack in an airtight container, and it will give you more heat later. These things rock!

3. Get some tubos for your cigars

Hoyo de Monterrey Coronation Tubo

Not all outdoor challenges in winter involve your own comfort. Both the dryness and the sharp drop in temperature outdoors can cause your cigar to split open. For this problem I have a few suggestions:

  • Keep your cigar warm as long as possible. If you have to carry it around outside for a while, make sure it is in one of your inner pockets or in your hand.
  • Consider keeping your cigar inside a tubo if you’re going to be out for a while before lighting up. This will help to lock in the moisture.
  • Cut the cigar indoors where it is warm so that you don’t shatter the cap.

Usually I bring a tubo with me if I’m going on a walk or taking my cigar somewhere during the wintertime. Otherwise, I just cut it while I’m indoors and then carry it outside in my hand and smoke it right away.

4. Buy an outdoor heater

If you have a dedicated smoking spot outdoors in the winter, consider investing in a patio heater. Some are small and portable, and many of them include wheels. You can set up the heater wherever you need it and enjoy a smoke in real comfort. Depending on your patio config, you might need a bigger “restaurant” model. Keep in mind that they tend to consume propane tanks like crazy, so this will require a further investment.

5. Make sure you are equipped with a lighter that can handle winter weather conditions

Some lighters struggle in cold temperatures. Butane lighters need to be kept warm to work. If you use one of these, hold it in your hand or carry it in an inner pocket until you are ready to use it. A triple or a dual flame lighter is preferable because of wind. If you find the butane lighter unreliable, consider instead opting for a Zippo-type lighter. You should find this more dependable in winter temperatures. Make sure you choose one which will be able to perform even in harsh, windy conditions and won’t blow out.

A couple of final items of advice. First, bundle up when you are smoking outside! I usually am wearing several layers and a heavy coat. Putting a couple of those warm glove packets in my shoes also helps a lot. Also, wear a hat. You lose most of your heat through your hands, feet, and head, so if you can avoid that, you will feel a lot better.

I also tend to stick with petit coronas and short robustos. I usually steer away from stogies that are going to take two hours, and stick with those that are ideal for a shorter span of time. That way I can really enjoy myself and not worry about whether I’m going to get tired of the cold in an hour (that would just be a waste of a good cigar).

Staying warm and enjoying your cigars outdoors in the winter can be a challenge, but for me it’s definitely worth the effort! Hopefully you find some of these tips and tricks useful. But I know I can always use more suggestions. What are your favorite outdoor winter cigar accessories? What are your tricks for staying warm?

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25
May

The Lies about the smoking bans

The anti-smoking lobby has always had a way of making noise – and why wouldn’t they? Just like the old expression, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” This lobby knows that their goal will never be met unless they can rally enough attention for their cause. If you take a step back and look at the situation from their point of view, being so rowdy absolutely makes sense.

The problem arises when you stop to consider the actual tactics being employed by the anti-smoking lobby; the crux of their argument essentially boils down to absolute fear mongering. The lobby likes to focus on two main arguments – the health risks of smoking, especially second hand smoke to non-smokers in public areas, and the potential negative economic impact resulting from a widespread ban. However, the truth behind these arguments can be strenuous, at best.

Going through each one of these points and really taking a close look at the assertions being made and the sources that supporters of these claim pull from, it becomes more and more obvious that their proposed smoking bans are not the clear-cut good for society that the anti-smoking lobby would lead you to believe. “The Lies Behind The Smoking Bans”, a very interesting essay written by Michael McFadden does an excellent job of refuting each and every point, causing the evergreen proposed ban on smoking to seem much less credible. If you are interested in the subject, I highly suggest you download and read it.

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24
Jan

Smokey Dan reviews a cigar for his friend, Backwoods Dom. Is it any good? No bull, just a brief, honest cigar review.

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20
Jan

A smoking trip

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15
Dec

Michael Jordans Cigar Smoking Eden

Michael Jordan not only loves cigars—he enjoys them so much that his new $12.4 million home in Jupiter, FL is going to feature a home theater especially designed to accommodate his smoking. The mansion consists of some 28,000 square feet of real estate built on three acres of land and has taken there years to construct. The property is positioned in the middle of a golf course community which is also home to Tiger Woods, called the Jack Nicklaus’ Bear Club.

The home theater will feature specially designed, cutting edge equipment which will not be damaged by the huge amounts of cigar smoke which will be wafting continuously through this room. So there you go—that’s what you can do with a lot of money and a love for cigars!

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08
May

Smoking in the night.

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09
Mar

If you want a premium cigar at a low price. You just need to know where to look to find them. Look for Throwouts. Good for the smokers soul.

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23
Feb

A few minutes footage of our 2012 New Jersey Fellowship of Pipe Smokers IPSD meet, featuring YouTube`s The Polish Piper! Check out his channel for a really cool video he shot that night. Also , please visit our fellow NJFPS members channel, im2for1 !

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26
Jan

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Recent “health” legislation passed in Australia will harm small cigar retailers but is unlikely to actually curb cigar smoking or protect the health of cigar smokers. The new laws — similar to href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/news-of-the-week/time-for-cigar-aficionados-to-move-against-the-fda">those being considered by the FDA in the US right now — will require that all tobacco products sold in the country be packaged drably without style or flair and include large, clear health warnings on their labels. This will include cigars as well as cigarettes — even though cigar smoking is a completely different industry.

The Australian government believes (as the FDA in America does) that this will prevent youthful smokers from purchasing cigars, and that it will reduce the amount of smoking which takes place in Australia. This is a fallacy for more reason than one. For starters, the average cigar smoker is male, age 35 and older. Youthful smokers usually turn to cigarettes and not cigars. The other reason that applying the legislation to cigars won’t reduce smoking is that cigar smokers don’t smoke the same way and for the same reasons as cigarette smokers.

Smokers of premium cigars are connoisseurs—they don’t smoke out of habit, they smoke instead to enjoy a hand-made product which has been artfully crafted for a unique experience (the packaging is part of this experience). Premium cigars aren’t cheap, and they are enjoyed slowly at a leisurely pace. While the Australian legislation may curb cigarette smoking (or not), it is unlikely to curb cigar smoking, since cigar smokers will simply turn to online retailers for their cigars. One Brisbane cigar retailer, Rob Ayala (owner of href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/cigar-czar">Cigar Czar), href="http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8406291">took a poll of his customers and found out that 58% of them would simply buy their cigars online instead of from him. Only 1.3% said they’d cut back on smoking. “No one who purchases premium cigars at $15-$50 ($300-$1,250 a box), will purchase plain-packaged, plain-banded cigars when they have so many options internationally,” said Ayala.

“We must challenge perceptions that cigars are in any way more glamorous, or a less harmful alternative, to cigarettes,” said Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.

datetime="2012-01-25T19:15:09+00:00">There is no scientific evidence to suggest that cigars aren’t as unhealthy as cigarettes in the most basic sense (at least I can’t find any – got a reference?), but the differing habits of cigar smokers typically are less unhealthy, starting with the fact that cigar smoke is not meant to be inhaled. href="http://perdomocigars.com.au/blog/cigars-and-your-health/">Here is scientific evidence – thanks Cameron! Furthermore, cigar smokers don’t burn through packs of cigars each day. Many treat themselves to just one nice premium cigar every few days, or even just once a week. Cigars cost a lot more, and are meant to be enjoyed in the moment—not burned through rapidly and mindlessly. The new legislation ignores this fact and is punishing premium cigar smokers and retailers without regard to these facts — and all that will do is harm small businesses in Australia and cut into the rights of the consumer.

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