I have always heard that it is very important that one doesn't let the flame of the lighter touch the foot of the cigar when lighting. How important is it really?
Posted: September 3, 2013
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Very important if you want to ensure your cigar’s flavor profile remains unspoiled.
Too much flame on the foot of your cigar increases the odds of burning it, which means the first few notes will likely taste charry. An overtoasted cigar is also more prone to bitterness.
There’s a good rule of thumb to remember when lighting a premium cigar: Use the least amount of flame possible. Hold the cigar about a quarter inch over the flame—not in direct contact. Rotate the cigar slowly. Start a burn around the perimeter. When it's thinly blackened around (but not charred), bring it to your lips and puff gently. The flame will jump to the center of the cigar.
The same less-is-more rule should be appled when using lighters with torch flames, too.
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