How To: Properly cut a cigar

Properly cut a cigar

This video will show you how to properly cut a cigar. The demonstration cigar is a Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066. The video makes the point that there are lots of ways to cut a cigar, and people can do it how they like (some like to simply bite the end off with their teeth!). First we're shown various kinds of cigar cutters. For example, a simple, cheap cutter, a nicer double cutter, and a more old fashioned cutter. Next we get to how to actually cut the cigar. There are lots of different ways you can do it. One way is to take a simple awl or other pointy tool and press it into the cigar to make a small hole. The smaller the hole, the more concentrated the flavor will be. You can also shave off the end or make an "x" on the end with a knife if you have no cigar cutter. If you like a bigger cut, you need something like the double cigar cutter. What we're cutting is the cigar cap, which is like a little hat on the end of the cigar to keep it fresher. Before you cut a cigar, it's a good idea to wet this cap with your mouth a little bit so the cap stays on the cigar. What you're trying to do is cut just enough of the cap off but not all of it. Keep as much of the cap on as possible. If you have a problem with the cap wanting to come off, it's a good idea to leave the band on when you smoke it, because the last thing you want is to have the cigar unravel on you. And that's how you cut a cigar.

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