Cigar Tips: Purging a cigar

We gathered some precious cigar tips during our last contest – therefore, we decided to publish the best ones in separate posts. Enjoy.

Ever have a cigar develop a bitter taste towards the end but you just didn’t want to put it down yet?

The bitter tastes that develops can be somewhat alleviated by purging your cigar as you smoke it. When you smoke your cigar most of the essential oils that provide so much of the flavor will burn up while a small amount builds up in the filler leaf creating bitter flavors.

To purge your cigar start by knocking off any ash, put the cigar in your mouth like you are going to puff and instead blow gently back through the cigar. If your cigar is still lit, continue to blow gently through the cigar, rotating it slowly, until you can see a bright orange ring of fire around the base of the entire coal on the cigar.

Next time try purging your cigar so you can enjoy it to the nub!