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Beginners Guide to Cigar Etiquette

Beginners Guide to Cigar Etiquette

Posted by Tyler Enos on 11th Nov 2019

Have you ever been in a cigar lounge where that someone is not following simple cigar etiquette? It seems very simple, but it can frustrate everyone and dampen the mood. So we have it broken down to four simple steps to ensure that you're smoking like a cigar aficionado and you're not that guy. We love this industry and we cannot grow fast enough, so be sure to click that subscribe button and hit the bell to be notified. All right, so let's get right into it. Cigar etiquette is definitely not rocket science, it's very common sense. So there are some basic dos and don'ts. As long as you follow these, if you're just starting out, you'll be just fine.

Step 1

All right, so step one, we're going to talk about the walk-in humidor, especially if this is a store that you've never been into. Say hello to the owner, ask if it's okay for you to walk into the humidor to take a look at their variety of brands they have displayed. And the owner may want to walk in with you in case he wants to answer any of your questions. Now if you're going to buy more than three cigars at a time, ask if there's a tray that you can use because you don't want to drop the cigars and replace it with another one that's already been damaged. Another pet peeve of mine, please do not over squeeze cigars to find if there's any hard spots. Just gently give it a little tap, see if there's any hard spots. Another one, you're not going to be able to smell cigar through its cellophane. Especially if it does not have a cellophane, please don't shove this foot of the cigar up your nose to see what it smells like. That thing is just gross when you do that, especially when you put it back. Now, if you pay for it, you can do whatever you please.

Step 2

Okay, so step two of cigar etiquette is to find a spot to smoke the cigar. If you're going to have the cigar somewhere in public, make sure that there's nobody downwind of your cigar smoke. To most cigar smokers, we love the aroma, but to someone that's a nonsmoker, it could be very offensive. So we have to be conscientious of their surroundings and not bother them with the smoke. But if you want to be part of the cigar lounge and you like the environment, I would definitely ask if there's designated seats. Especially if you want to sit there and do your work by yourself and you don't want to be bothered. I would ask if there's any designated areas that are a little more quiet than the general population. So, let's say you do want to be part of the general population and you want to have a good conversation over a good cigar. One advice that I can give you, there's a saying, "A wise man has something to say, but a fool always wants to say something." So don't be that guy, don't get caught up in politics. The less you say, the better it is, you get it. It's very common sense and other than that, that's step two.

Step 3

Okay, so step three for you beginners out there, there's a few do's and don'ts. If you're going to use the establishment's cutter, definitely do not put the cigar in your mouth before you do that. Keep the cigar nice and dry, go ahead and cut it, if you're unfamiliar, ask the shop owner if there are some different types of cutters that you can try. Now, if you are going to sit down and smoke the cigar and you want to make sure that you can stack dimes, meaning that you can see how long the ash can be. It's probably not a very good idea because there's a probability that the ash is going to fall into your lap. If the place is carpeted, it's just going to make a mess and make you look like a fool. Another thing is that you don't want to drag on a cigar too much and hotbox it because it's just going to make it nasty, you're going to want to spit. It's just not going to make you look too good. So sit back, relax, take a good puff, enjoy the aroma, enjoy the flavors, and now we're going to get into step four.

Step 4

Okay, so finally we are at step four of the cigar etiquette. You are finishing the cigar, it's down to a nub and you're wondering how you're going to put it out. Simply just place the little nub of the cigar in its ashtray, it'll go out on its own. You do not want to stub a cigar like a cigarette, it produces an unpleasant odor and it just makes things very, very messy, plus it leaves a lot of residue on your fingertips. So this wraps it up for you guys in four easy steps. Now you can feel like a cigar aficionado anytime you step into a cigar lounge for the first time. 

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