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Beginner Cigar Guide - Smoking a Cigar Safari Style

11th Oct 2021

Hi and welcome to another episode of Mondays with Mardo's. I'm Gerard and this week, we're going to be smoking a cigar safari style. But before I get going, I need you to click on the subscribe button and click on the bell to be notified every single week of new episodes of Mondays with Mardo's.

All right. We're going to be smoking a cigar safari style and you might be wondering what the heck it is I'm talking about. It's smoking a cigar backwards. And now, you're probably thinking also, why would I want to do that? Well, this right here is a Partagas Serie P No. 2, which is a Cuban Havana cigar and when I received the box, there were a few of them that were pretty damaged. I'm not sure if you can see on the camera, but this one, you can see that it's unraveling at the cap and I surely can't smoke this cigar with the cap being like that, it's going to bother the draw, it's going to bother my smoking experience and also, it has a pretty nice crack right down the middle. This one is a bit of a concern, but this, I'm not too concerned about, I'm going to tell you why, because we're going to smoke it safari style.

So what I'll do is, in this case, with this cigar is I'll put some glue right over it, just like that. It does act almost like a resin because it's a very thick glue and if you've never used anything like this, this is called the Perfec Repair. It's basically the xanthan gum that they use when they roll cigars and they glue the seams of the wrapper.

What I'm going to do here is, for the sake of the video, I'm just going to prep it a little bit, that way, like that. And now, what I'm going to do is, since it's a Bellicoso, I'm going to clip the tip of it a little bit, and then we're going to basically smoke the cigar backwards. I did this last night already and it worked out perfectly and I thought it would be a perfect idea for a video.

We're going to take off the band and then we're going to light the cigar and we're going to smoke it backwards and I'm not too concerned about being cracked right here, because this is going to turn into ash anyways. I can already see this thing is going to unravel on me, but I have some glue right here which will help.

Now, you're probably thinking, why don't I just glue the cap right here, it's just, the crack is just too big, it is such a deep crack, not only is the wrapper affected, but also the binder and I would be using a lot of this repair gum on it and it's just going to take forever to dry, it's just going to be a terrible experience so why not just smoke it safari style? And that is the actual term of smoking a cigar backwards. I'm going to show it to you.

I can hear a little bit of crackling going on because of the loose leaves in there. But. It's going to need some work because it is a pretty damaged cigar. Yesterday's experience was a little bit better, but as you can see, I'm actually enjoying this cigar and I don't have to watch the cap for it because it's not cracked over here. The only thing that I got to maintain and work a little bit with a lighter over here is just the tip of it and that's going to turn into ash. This is a very expensive cigar, not easy to come by because it's Cuban, so I wanted to salvage it.

Anyways, if you have smoked a safari, or excuse me, if you have smoked a cigar safari style, please let us know in the comments. And if you have not, let me know in the comments what you think of this video.

Other than that, I'll see you guys next week with another topic but before I get going, remember to tell your friends to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and tell them to subscribe to our YouTube channel. I'll see you guys. Bye.