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  1. Nano
    February 21, 2015

    Agreed. My personal stance is that if I enjoy it then I will smoke it down until it gets hot, usually down to the very small bit as much as my finger can hold. If the cigar I’m smoking is not that great then typically I will stop at the last third, maybe a little bit after.

    At the end of the day it’s all about what you want to do, it’s your cigar after all.

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  2. Keith
    February 21, 2015

    My standard is, in case of the need for a re-light, will I set my mustache on fire?

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  3. JesseP
    February 22, 2015

    you smoke a cigar until is no longer enjoyable to you.

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  4. Chase
    February 24, 2015

    I agree with Jesse. I smoke a cigar until I don’t like smoking it anymore. If I reach that point in the first third, so be it. It’s unfortunate, but life is too short to smoke bad cigars.

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  5. Steven K
    February 24, 2015

    I have always felt that the smoker is the only one who has a valid opinion on how good the cigar is, how well it burns, when it’s done, whether to relight, etc.

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  6. Barry
    February 24, 2015

    2X Jesse.

    Why continue to smoke a stogie you no longer enjoy?

    And we have all experienced an excellent smoke that we shed a tear when it was no longer possible to drew another puff.

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  7. Bill
    February 24, 2015

    When I have a harsh one it’s gone immediately upon when it taste harsh. When I have a good one, I pull out my old roach clip! :o) Oh, BTW, follow Keith’s advice, I have set mine on fire too many times. Not the best way to trim the hair.

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  8. Julio
    February 24, 2015

    Yeah, what they all said. As long as it tastes good!!

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  9. Michael
    February 25, 2015

    Yeah I agree entirely on the smoke it for as long as you’re enjoying view,it really is as simple as that.

    And just on this whole “cigar etiquette” thing – most,if not all of it,is arrant nonsense.One of the worst aspects of it is this supposedly English thing of removing the bands so as not to cause anyone else to feel inferior about whatever they may be smoking.I really can’t bear that one.Only the English could come up with that kind of faux consideration (and I am English)

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  10. bill
    February 25, 2015

    I use a toothpick and take it to the nub. I’m too cheap to leave anything I paid good money for unsmoked.

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  11. Matthew
    February 25, 2015

    Most of the sticks I smoke retain their flavour to the last inch or so. Some go to a half inch and a few even less. I have a nubber, like the tool you mention. I use it a lot. It should be mentioned that preserving flavours down to an inch or less has a lot to do with smoking the whole stick slowly!

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  12. VCT
    February 25, 2015

    As expensive as cigars are – – – – smoke them down to where you damned near need an alligator clip to hang onto them !
    Old Saying is True !!! >>> Waste Not—-Want Not ! ! !

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  13. Seedeater56
    February 25, 2015

    Agree all the above. Too many lay too great a store by so called etiquette – they’ll be the same ones who die in a ditch over whether or not to deband the cigar before lighting it. At the price of a good Havana in the UK, I’ll burn my lips if I’m liking the taste!

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  14. pacman
    February 25, 2015

    Yeah bill, I have used a toothpick in the past, but not recently.

    And Michael, I usually remove the band, not due to snobbery, but rather due to avoiding smoking a paper band towards the end of the cigar. Yuk!!

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  15. Julio
    February 25, 2015

    One more thought on this. Given the cigars I typically buy and smoke, if a cigar goes “bad” it’s usually my fault for smoking too fast. Then I have to bear the shame of stubbing out early because of my own offense!

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  16. Grenfell Warren
    February 26, 2015

    Always a great topic of discussion when cigar friends get together. More often than not, the agreed opinion is “when it burns your lips”. But, as the article points out, sometimes a BAD stogie deserves the ashtray LONG before that ! And, it happens ! I’ve been a Cuban cigar enjoyer for over 25 years, and plenty of times I’ve employed one implement or another to hold my stogie to get that extra goodness form it. It’s all about what YOU as the smoker decides. Whatever that method is….ENJOY ! As Mark Twain is reported to have said “If there are no cigars in Heaven, I shall not go”.

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  17. Beneluxor
    March 2, 2015

    Agreed it depends on the cigar … tho as a recommendation for beginner cigar smokers, I do like the general advice for them to not smoke the last one-third … where many cigars become a bit harsh, and can give the new stogie smoker a negative experience if they push forward with too much of a sense of obligation.

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  18. David
    October 29, 2015

    I’m extremely late on this, but I find that by purging the cigar in the last inch, you can make almost any decent cigar “nub-worthy”

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  19. Matthew
    October 29, 2015

    I haven’t thought about purging. I find if I smoke a cigar at a nice slow pace most decent cigars are nub worthy

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  20. Dan
    September 4, 2016

    Depends on how long the martini you’re having with the cigar lasts. Puff, sip, puff, sip, etc.

    Ideally, the drink lasts just longer than the cigar.

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  21. Robert
    November 4, 2016

    My 90 year old dad created my interest in cigars and I treasure my time sharing a good smoke with him. He enjoys a cigar and scotch at the end of his day. If he finds his smoke is exceptional he will place it in his tobacco pipe and finish the goodness.

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  22. Jeff
    October 23, 2017

    I agree with most that you should smoke the cigar as short/long as you like! I do however find while smoking last 1-2″ the cigar it becomes very concentrated and I make sure I don’t smoke the very end on an empty stomach.

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