From beginning to end, the experience of smoking a cigar is meant to be pleasurable and relaxing. At the finish of a long day, lighting up a cigar and taking in its aromas and flavors is just what many of us need. Your enjoyment will be enhanced by lighting up using one of these methods and NEVER with the last method.
You Can… Take It Easy the Old School Way
Take out three wooden matches and your cigar. Strike one match at a time, allowing the first burst of sulfur to burn. Then slowly rotate the foot of the cigar just above the flame until each match burns down. Doing this allows you to protect the flavor of your cigar from those of the chemicals on the match. It also lights the cigar end evenly. After the third (or fourth or fifth) match burns down, your cigar should have a nice cherry glow and be ready for your first draw.
You Can… Light a Cedar Spill
Lighting a cedar strip works in a similar way to the three-match method. Light the end of the cedar strip with a lighter or a match. Rotate the cigar through the flame as it slowly burns up the length of the cedar strip.
Using this method protects your cigar from any flavor changes and allows you to take a bit more time and enjoy the light. The cigar is lit up more evenly as well.
If you do not have cedar spills on hand, you can often make your own. Use the strips of Spanish cedar that often accompany cigars in their box. Fold the cedar into thin strips. They work the best when they are thin at the end and they become wider at the top.
You Can… Use Butane Lighters
Using a simple butane lighter is another way to light a cigar. It is often the method used when you do not want to take a long time and are ready to light up quickly. Butane lighters burn cleanly and do not adversely affect flavor and aroma.
Do Not… Use a Lighter Containing Lighter Fluid
Never use a lighter that contains lighter fluid. The most prevalent lighters that fall under this category are Zippos. The fuel has been shown to penetrate a cigar when used to light it. If you are a big fan of Zippos, there are affordable butane inserts that can fit inside of classic Zippo lighters, providing a clean burn and that satisfying opening “click” that all Zippo fans love!
All of us at Cayman Cigars appreciate the timeless art of classic hand-rolled cigars. Lighting them quickly is fine, but when it comes to cigars, there is always something to be said for tradition. We honor tradition and old-world methods as we make some of the world’s finest premium cigars. Stay tuned for a big announcement about our cigars in the USA!