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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tips on Lighting a Cigar

Lighting a Cigar: First and foremost is your selection of a low sulfur match or butane lighter. It has been discussed, that a liquid fuel lighter is somewhat suspect, due to the odor that will enter the cigar, and, so is not suggested for use.

The best method to lighting a cigar is to hold the cigar and rotate it while holding the flame about one-half inch, just so the foot of the cigar begins to char.

Next you may begin a slow draw on the cigar while holding the flame to the foot, just slightly. Now you have ignited the cigar, and an ash begins. While enjoying the taste and aroma, an ash begins to build. It is not necessary to tap the ash off. It will fall into your ashtray if tapped gently.

If you are unable to finish the cigar, and allow it to self-extinguish, it can be re-lit, but by the same process as described. However, the taste may change due it being partially enjoyed, and resting for an extended period.

You may be better satisfied, if knowing there is a time constraint, to a smaller cigar, enjoy it fully, then when time allows, select your favorite length cigar.

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

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