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To Stub or Not to Stub?

Is there a limit to how short you can smoke a cigar?
Posted: December 3, 2012

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No, smoke it as long as you like. But take caution.

Handmade, premium cigars can be smoked to the very end, if you wish. But you can expect some change in flavor at some point in the smoke.

Moisture and tars accumulate near the head of a cigar as you puff. At some moment during the smoke, typically when there is about a third or less of the cigar remaining, the flavor of the cigar can change, and get bitter, or somewhat harsh. That moment is referred to when a cigar ‘turns.' The oils and moisture have accumulated and have tainted the flavor of the cigar.

There is no set rule for when a cigar does or does not turn. We have smoked cigars that didn't turn at all, and have very carefully smoked cigars down to the point where very little cigar remains. Some of us have put our facial hair in danger of flame while doing this.

If you opt to smoke a cigar down to the very end, be careful and remember the end of the cigar is lit.

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Comments   3 comment(s)

John Furto December 3, 2012 12:30pm ET

some cigars I have,others have got me.depends what cigar I have and what I,m drinking.

Anthony Burrell — Stittsville, Ontario, Canada,  —  December 4, 2012 7:38pm ET

Keep in mind the Cubans don't really turn as the cigar gets shorter they only get richer and robust in flavor. Burnt once keep going...burnt twice its time to let it go out.

Keith Omaits — Ravenna, Ohio, USA,  —  January 4, 2013 2:57pm ET

I usually find that the cigar will turn quicker when it has a hard pull. It's like sucking all the Tar to the head much faster. I hate a real tight draw.

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