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  1. Amazing Cigar Bargains
    September 13, 2009

    Burns my nose so bad!

  2. Michel
    September 13, 2009

    Certainly helps me to bring out some of the more subtle notes. Especialy earth/humus as well as the more gentle sides of ammonia (as in stables) stand out. This of course, my personal experience…

  3. Robtheman
    September 13, 2009

    It is a great way to detect far more subtle components of the tobacco. I find it very enjoyable to do and hae done this periodically throughout the stick. However, further reading on the smoke components of the cigar, I have found that it contains adequate parts of ammonia and other noxious gases. Retro-haling does cause these to enter your blood stream to a FAR greater extent then just smoking normally; I do not do this very often any more due to this.

  4. Robert
    September 13, 2009

    Retrohaling definitely helps me pick out more subtle notes, especially the softer, sweeter spicy notes and floral notes. To avoid the sinus burn and to limit the amount of noxious gases pushed through the nose what I usually do is exhale the majority of the smoke through my mouth and then push just a little bit of the remaining smoke up into my sinus. I still get the flavor, but avoid the painful aspects.

  5. kalutika
    September 14, 2009

    Personally I have always just called it nosing the cigar. Although I guess that sounds a bit dirtier adn far less technical.

    I think it’s a great technique but it’s really not for everyone. I do it for all cigars as I think it allows you to really experience the different flavors and scents that a cigar has to offer.

    sometimes it’s nice and pleasant though other times it can be a literal pain. It depends mostly on the cigar.

  6. Chemed3196
    September 14, 2009

    Great introduction to retrohale, and I do agree that beginning with a milder cigar is a very wise choice. Also, smoking several of the same cigar will help improve taste recognizion. It is important to note that all tastes are subjective; one person may experience hay; others may taste chocolate.

    I would recommend Doc Stogie Fresh video on this subject:

  7. Alexandre
    September 15, 2009

    I regularly retrohale when I am smoking good sticks. It enhances the detection of flavors tremendously. Very good post!

  8. TexasMike (Rio Grande Valley)
    September 15, 2009

    Wonderful post. I fully agree with the technique of reto-haling. It was technique that I had to slowly get use to. Yes, you will probably experience some heat but, it’s all worth it in the end. I understand that this technique is regularly practiced with wine drinkers. So, like a good glass of wine, experiencing the full body of a cigar should be the ultimate goal of a cigar smoker. As I was recently explained to my mother, who does not understand the fascination with cigars, “for us cigar smokers, smoking a good cigar is like a woman’s love of chocolate…it’s a sensual experience.” What do you all think?

    On a similar note, I would like to know what my fellow aficionados think about eating certain foods while smoking a cigar. I’ve had quite a unique experience when combining the flavors of a cigar with, for example, steak or grilled chicken. Comments will be appreciated.

  9. Daize
    September 15, 2009

    Being a cigarette smoker (I roll my own 100% natural tobacco), retro-haling is second nature to me. Its is definitly a big part of the experience of smoking a cigar for me.

  10. Western
    September 16, 2009

    In deference to Robtheman’s comments, it is true that when you retro-hale you are ingesting dubious amounts of ammonia and formaldehyde. The best compromise is to retro-hale (as it is the best method of tasting the stick) but only after purging the cigar first. Doing this routinely throughout the burn makes it both enjoyable and safer.

  11. Daize
    September 19, 2009

    Screw safe, I could die tomorrow crossing the street.

  12. JoshK
    September 30, 2009

    I typically only retro-inhale on mild cigars, when the heat is low. It’s great to get some extra flavor out of a smoke that may otherwise be lacking. Burns something awful on the full bodied sticks though.

  13. DJ
    October 26, 2009

    Funny: this is SOP in pipe smoking as well. That said: in my experience, pipe smoke is a bit softer than most cigars. Def. a nice way to detect subtler scents/flavors.

  14. Peter
    November 7, 2009

    I got mixed up and inhaled and my lung almost flew out my mouth! With the second try I got it right on with no burn in my nose which wasn’t surprising being an ex cigarette smoker! The flavours were intensified a bit but I don’t think it’s worth doing on every smoke!

  15. Gerry
    April 7, 2011

    I’m no pro but have smoked sticks for 40 years. just 3 things to say…1)blow out a small puff of the draw BEFORE you retrohale. 2) PURGE PURGE PURGE(about every 5-7 puffs,..just a small purge and large one every now and then)3. |Make smokeing a cigar an event…take your time and concentrate on each stoke….after a while it becomnes second nature You shouldn”t retro EVERY TIME, maybe 4-7 times per third..when you retro hale the flavor doesn’t leave you for 30 or so seconds(thats when you compliment your retro with a nice even puff)These aren’t gosple but I tell you it has really help me enjoy the event. Hope it works for you.

  16. Adam
    January 18, 2012

    Just bought my first cigar, a 1998 Connecticut Shade and perused this website while smoking. Thank you all for greatly enhancing my experience. Beautiful.

  17. robbo46
    February 7, 2013

    Have only ever smoked cigars, granted majority have been mini/club/purito – but have only ever retro-haled. Defintely worth it for taste and not collapsed lungs!!

  18. robkei
    March 31, 2013

    I believe keeping the heat low and regular purging, followed by retrohaling are the ONLY way to taste all of the complexities of the fine cigars we smoke. If one uses only one’s mouth, the only taste you will get (according to science) is salty, sweet, bitter or sour. The sinus is what detects those delectable, complex and subtle tastes we so covet. I’m one who retrohales at least every other puff.

  19. Mike
    September 14, 2013

    I retrohaled an LFD Digger in the final third once on a dare. Not something I’ll ever repeat. :P

  20. The Judge
    April 3, 2014

    As a former cigarette smoker I retrohale frequently during each cigar. I find it a critical element to the full enjoyment of the cigar of the moment. The only reason I’m really responding though is that I do it in the reverse order. After purging, I take that nice puff and allow it to fill the nasal passages immediately and exhale through mouth and nose together. After that purging ill do that 2 or 3 times in succession (especially on the best cigars). Just my two cents.

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