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From Humidor to Ashtray | The Complete Cigar Smoking Experience

29th May 2023


Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world of unparalleled sophistication and relaxation, where the art of savoring a remarkable cigar-smoking experience is both a science and a ritual. I'm Gerard, your guide through the corridors of cigar aficionado bliss, and today, we're about to embark on a journey that transcends the ordinary. So, before you immerse yourself in the world of cigars, I invite you to follow our blog, where each post is a passport to the realm of exquisite taste and indulgence.

Creating the Perfect Environment

To truly savor your cigar, setting the right environment is crucial. Find a comfortable chair where you can unwind and relax. Consider adding some plush cushions or pillows for that extra touch of comfort. 

Lighting matters. Opt for dim, warm lighting that creates a cozy atmosphere, perfect for indulging in the pleasure of smoking without distractions. Avoid harsh fluorescent lights or overly bright environments. 

If you plan to watch a movie or show during your smoke, set up your entertainment system beforehand to avoid interruptions. After all, a great cigar deserves your full attention. 

Keep a cozy blanket within reach for those chilly evenings or outdoor smoking sessions. Being comfortably warm adds to the overall experience. 

Regulate the temperature in your smoking area by adjusting the heater or air conditioning to your liking. Extreme temperatures can affect the burn and flavor of your cigar. Aim for that perfect climate that lets you fully enjoy your smoke. 

Now, let's talk about a crucial accessory that often goes overlooked – the ashtray.

About the Enviroment

Choosing the Right Ashtray

A generously sized ashtray can significantly enhance your cigar enjoyment. It's not just about aesthetics; it provides a secure spot to rest your cigar when the phone rings or if you get momentarily interrupted.

Picture this: You're in the middle of a deep, contemplative puff, and suddenly, your phone rings. Without a proper ashtray, you might risk your precious cigar falling and damaging its delicate wrapper. This could seriously impact your smoking experience.

Therefore, investing in a reliable and well-designed ashtray is a worthwhile addition to your smoking setup. Consider one with cigar rests or grooves to prevent your cigar from rolling away.

The material of the ashtray matters too. Ceramic and glass ashtrays are easy to clean and maintain, while metal ones can add a touch of elegance to your setup. Some ashtrays even come with lids or covers, which can be handy for outdoor smoking to prevent ash from blowing away.

Now that you've set the stage and secured your cigar's resting place, let's talk about preserving the quality of your cigars.

Preserving Your Cigars with Boveda

Proper storage of your cigars plays a vital role in maintaining their flavor and overall quality. Cigars contain essential oils that, when dried out, can leave a taste akin to cardboard. Enter Boveda—a reputable company offering humidity control solutions.

Boveda packs come in different relative humidity (RH) levels, such as 72% for wooden humidors and 69% for non-wooden alternatives like acrylic. These packs optimize the humidity within your storage environment, preserving the oils and ensuring your cigars remain fresh and enjoyable.

With Boveda, you can elevate your smoking experience to new heights. No need for constant monitoring or maintenance; simply place the packs in your humidor or storage container, and they'll work their magic.

Storing with Boveda

Accompanying Beverages

When it comes to choosing a beverage to pair with your cigar, personal preference reigns supreme. While some enthusiasts favor spirits or soda, others, like myself, find water to be the ideal companion.

Gone are the days of snubbing those who enjoy a soda or soft drink alongside their cigar. In fact, there are valid reasons behind these choices. Cigars contain nicotine, which can deplete sugar levels in your bloodstream, potentially leading to nausea, especially with stronger cigars. Opting for a sugary beverage can help replenish those sugar levels, counteracting any unpleasant effects and allowing you to fully relish your smoking experience.

Remember, it's all about what enhances your enjoyment. Whether it's a glass of fine Scotch, a cold cola, or a refreshing bottle of water, choose what tickles your taste buds.

What I drink?

Personal Touch

Before we wrap up, let me share a personal anecdote. Once, on a cool autumn evening, I found myself on the porch with a Montecristo No. 2 in hand. The gentle breeze, the soft glow of a nearby lantern, and the smooth draw of the cigar created a moment of pure bliss. It reminded me that crafting the perfect cigar-smoking experience is an art, one that's deeply personal and immensely rewarding.

Don't forget the little details, like how to properly cut and light a cigar. There are various types of cigar cutters – guillotine, V-cut, and more. Each has its advantages, so choose the one that suits your style.

Toasting the foot of the cigar before fully lighting it is essential for an even burn. Torch lighters are highly effective for this purpose, ensuring that your cigar ignites evenly, promising a satisfying smoke.


In conclusion, crafting the perfect cigar-smoking experience is an art that involves setting the right environment, choosing the right accessories like a reliable ashtray, preserving your cigars with Boveda, and selecting the ideal beverage to accompany your smoke.

Now that we've explored the elements that contribute to an exceptional cigar smoking experience, we want to hear from you. In the comments section, let us know what you personally do to ensure a remarkable cigar journey. We value your input and look forward to engaging with fellow aficionados.

Before you go, don't forget to visit our top post about "cigar burn," where you will learn all about how to properly burn your cigar for the best smoking experience! Thank you for joining us on this cigar-smoking adventure, and remember, the perfect puff is just a well-prepared environment away.