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Best Lighting Method: How To Properly Light A Cigar

Multiple ways, but you choose what suits you

There are plenty of ways a cigar can be lit, and this blog attempts to inform you about the perfect way to do so. If you are a beginner, learning to properly light a cigar is important. Lighting a cigar takes a lot of patience. It’s different from lighting a cigarette or a candle, for instance. Initially, you will make mistakes, but don’t get disheartened by them. Try again, till you succeed. What more, enjoy the process of learning.

A perfectly lit cigar is one in which the wrapper, binder, and filler are all uniformly lit. The flavours are beautifully blended and experienced, just as the cigar maker wanted you to. Those who know how to light a cigar perfectly do not have to fight an uneven burn. Let us go through the steps to light a cigar the ideal way:

  1. Light the cigar like you’re lighting a marshmallow in a campfire; that is to say, keep the cigar above but near the flame of the lighter. Position them so that they are just on the brink of touching each other. If you directly light the cigar it will get too hot and become useless. However, there’s no need to get anxious if you accidentally let the flame touch the cigar. It won’t ruin the cigar. Calmly but quickly, move the smoke out of the flame.
  2. Just as a marshmallow is evenly rotated over the fire, the cigar too needs to be rotated under the lighter's flame for all its parts to get heated evenly. This will take time, and you need to be patient till a glowing ring forms around the cigar’s tip and the edges are blackened.
  3. Take the first puff by raising the end of the cigar that is not lit. While drawing in the smoke, the ember should evenly burn. If they are not, once again show light to the cigar. No show of the embers is an indication that the cigar isn’t lit properly. You can gently blow on the embers to make smooth and rounded ash.

Lighting up a cigar perfectly is easy, but you need to make sure that you do not try to light it using a flame that might change its essence. For example – candles, oil-fueled lighters, matches, etc.

Get to know the best lighting method to light a cigar in a perfect manner!
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