CIGAR 101
By karmacigar - 6 months ago

CIGAR 101: How to light a Cigar? It is very important for you to know that how to light a cigar.

HOW TO LIGHT A CIGAR

  1. Use a quality butane torch or cigar lighter.
  2. Hold cigar at a 45-degree angle about 3 inches above the flame.
  3. Toast the Foot: Focus on the outside edge of the cigar and rotate it until the foot begins to ignite. Make sure the burn is even. The outside wrapper will develop a white/ashen quality when properly toasted.
  4. Light the Filler: Put the cigar between your lips, holding the flame about a half inch from the cigar. Rotate the cigar in your mouth as you draw in air. Do not inhale. 
  5. Release the Draw: Stop drawing on the cigar and watch as a surge of flame shoots up from the foot. 
  6. Release the smoke from your mouth.
  7. Enjoy your cigar

CIGAR CARE – SPRING

  • After a long winter season, there’s a good chance that a lack of warm weather has caused you to neglect your humidor and the cigars inside it. Occasionally, despite all your efforts to care for your cigars, they dry out and you need to bring them back to life. If you find yourself in this situation no need to fret. Your cigars can be brought back to life if the wrapper hasn’t cracked, and they have not become so dry that all the oils have evaporated from the tobaccos. 
  • Spring is a perfect time to nurse these neglected cigars back to health. Just follow these four steps: 
  1. Re-prime your humidor with a moist, but not wet, cloth. Use only distilled water. Don’t use tap water.
  2. Recharge your humidification element by adding 1 ounce of distilled water. Wait 3 days and check again. If the humidity isn’t rising, add another 1 ounce. The humidor will gradually return to the optimal 70% relative humidity and the cigars will follow suit.
  3. If the humidity is not rising after 6 days, you may need to add a stabilizer solution called PG (propylene glycol) solution. Add 1 ounce to your humidification system. Keep adding an additional 1 ounce of distilled water every 3 days until the humidity returns to 70% (note: humidity can be between 70 – 72).
  4. Wait. It takes from one to three weeks to re-humidify a cigar, depending on ring gauge and how dry your cigar is. It is not enough to just humidify the wrapper; moisture must reach back into the innermost leaves of the filler. Again, this takes time. A cigar that hasn’t been properly rejuvenated will smoke hot with an unpleasant, bitter taste–so be patient. 
  • Karma has you covered on all your humidor needs. Next time you’re in the lounge, ask about our cigar care and humidor maintenance products.


CIGAR CARE – SUMMER
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Avoid Over-Humidification This Summer Last month we addressed how to nurse our neglected cigars back to health. This post is your annual reminder that with summer rapidly approaching the humidity levels will rise running the risk of over humidification. You might already know this, but just in case you don’t: The ideal humidor conditions are 70°F (21°C) and 70% humidity and paying extra attention to your levels in the summer months is needed. So crank those AC units, move your humidors away from windows, sunlight, and the outdoors because it would be a shame to not enjoy those sticks during the most excellent season in the Midwest.

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