Smoking a cigar is not like smoking a cigarette. Properly smoking and enjoying a nice cigar is practically an art form. You will have to prepare your cigar by not only snipping the tip but matters how you light your cigar as well. Take the time to enjoy every aspect of it from appearance to taste.
First, examine the shape, length and color of the cigar. Rolling it gently between your fingers, contemplate its elasticity and suppleness. Smell, sniff, whiff, nose its aroma. Note the bouquet, fragrance and ambrosia. Examine its extremities - the head and foot - and the aesthetics of the cigar band. Taking the cigar's measure is a serious matter a ceremonial ritual, not unlike a spiritual experience. Now you must plan a strategy to open the head. If the cigar is dry, wet the head with your mouth. This delicate procedure can be executed by cutting, wringing, bitting or other. Now it's time to light your cigar with some kind of flame, not a bonfire, that never touches the cigar. Holding the cigar in your mouth, rotate the flame around the foot until there is a red rim and then an evenly burning gray coal. The lighting ritual requires care and concentration and excludes exhibitionism. Keep the head in your mouth as dry as possible free of the disgusting and nauseating saliva, that some despicable and contemptible men and women spit out.