Cigar 101: Cigar Etiquette – Cigars International
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And now it’s time for another Cigar 101: Cigar Etiquette.
There is a ton of information out there on “proper cigar etiquette”and quite frankly, most of it is ridiculous.
This is America! You paid for it…do whatever you like…within reason that is.
We’ve all heard the same nagging arguemnts: remove the band, don’t remove the band, don’t bite the cap, never light a cigar that is 2/3’s smoked, wait at least 15 min between cigars, only use a butane lighter, don’t dunk your cigar in whiskey or cognac – who really cares!
Unless you are trying to impress someone…that’s one thing. But truthfully anything goes!
You don’t let people tell you how to eat your sandwich cookies…do you?
When lighting a cigar: use matches, use a lighter, use a candle, use what ever gets the job done. As long as it’s no harm to you or others..then it’s a perfectly acceptable method.
The same rules apply for cutting a cigar. The standrard family of cutters work great, but in a pinch, there are a plethora of other options – biting, a pocket knife, I’ve even seen a guy use a ball point pen…though I wouldn’t reccommend it. Some methods may be messier than others but the end result is all the same.
And if you like to dunk your cigar in whiskey or cognac…who am I to tell you that is wrong. If you like the taste…dunk away my friend!.
Don’t get me wrong…I don’t encourage blowing smoke in people’s faces, breaking laws or anything similar of the sort.
But if you’re within the realm of reason, throw out the pompous rules of etiquette and do what you like.
Cigars are for enjoyment! So stop worrying about whether you’re doing it right and just enjoy your cigars!