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How to Roll a Swisher?

 More people are getting turned onto Swishers, which are great for rolling smaller rolls, often referred to as the personal pizzas of blunts.  Because the wraps are smaller, being the wrappers from Swisher Sweets cigarillos, they are easier in terms of rolling, and can hold the perfect amount of product for single person use.

  1. Select your favorite Swisher Sweets flavor, which will add a lot to the smoking experience.
  2. Now, split it open starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.
  3. Remove the tobacco completely, and replace the tobacco with ground up flower, making sure it’s not too fine or else it will struggle to smoke evenly.
  4. Next, roll up the Swisher in the direction that faces you, making sure to keep the roll nice and even.
  5. Finally, wet the end to create a secure seal, and light it up.

 

What is Pipe Tobacco?

Pipe tobacco is a type of loose-leaf tobacco intended strictly for smoking in a pipe.  It’s very unique from other types of tobaccos, like those found in cigarettes and in cigars, mainly because of its curing process.  Pipe tobacco is cured using a flue-curing process, in which the tobacco is cured in a matter of 10 days at high heat in a furnace.  This yields a specific type of flavor profile which many say is richer, sweeter, and more robust.  From there, some pipe tobaccos are given additional flavoring ingredients, and then smoked to further concentrate and improve the flavor profile.

Pipe tobacco has a unique texture and moisture level that is conducive to smoking in a pipe.  Its texture and moisture level must have the appropriate airflow to smoke evenly and thoroughly in a pipe’s bowl.  There are many unique pipe tobaccos on the market, each one with a distinctive flavor profile and strength.

 

What's the Proper Way to Cut and Light a Cigar?

The quality of your cigar-smoking experience largely depends on how well you cut and light the cigar, and many overlook just how many mistakes can be made that totally interfere with the ability to enjoy a smooth and satisfying smoke.  To properly cut your cigar, you’ll need a designated cigar cutter, as no other type of cutting mechanism will give you the accuracy you need.  You must cut the cigar at the very tip of the head to create airflow without facilitating the unraveling of the wrapper.  Do not cut the foot of the cigar, as it is meant to be left intact.

Now that you’ve properly cut your cigar, you can light it to begin smoking.  Lighting a cigar properly takes time, so be patient.  As you activate your lighter, hold the cigar slightly above the flame and wait for it to star burning.  Then, take uniform puffs from the head, until the cigar is lit evenly, and is glowing.  If it’s unevenly lit, it will burn unevenly. 

Finally, you can start enjoying the process of smoking your cigar.

 

How Do I Smoke a Cigar?

Once you’ve properly cut and lit your cigar, it’s time to smoke it.  Smoking a cigar requires a bit more work than smoking a cigarette, mainly due to the increased amount of tobacco that is more likely to burn unevenly.

It’s important that you know how to smoke a cigar, not just to enjoy your smoke, but so that those around you can tell that you know what you’re doing.  One major mistake that newbies make is inhaling the smoke, and this is especially common if you’re used to smoking cigarettes.  The trick to puffing cigar smoke is leaving your diaphragm out of the process, as this is what is used to inhale smoke into the lungs.  Pretend that you’re sucking on a straw, so that the smoke always stays in the mouth and never reaches the lungs.

Another key factor is pacing yourself.  Cigars are not meant to be smoked quickly, as they are meant to be savored.  Also, if you’re new to cigars, smoking them too fast can make you feel sick.  So, make a point to space out each puff and you’ll be good to go.

 

How to Identify if a Cigar is Actually Fresh?

Many of us are willing to spend good money on cigars, seeing them as a rare indulgence rather than a daily habit.  But, even if you splurge on the most expensive cigars, you may come across ones that are less than fresh from time to time.  A stale cigar can deliver a disappointing flavor experience, and even worse, fail to smoke properly, which can cause too much harshness along the throat, or problematic airflow.

So, how can you know whether or not your cigar is fresh?  There are a few tricks.  The first one is simply pinching the cigar before you even light it.  Pinch it gently and see how it feels.  It should be nice and firm, but with a bit of spring to it.  If it feels too hard, without any spring, then it’s likely stale.

Also, you can try smoking it.  If it’s too harsh, or if the flavor is seriously lacking, you likely have a cigar that is past its prime.

 

What are Cigar Wrapper Leaves?

Most people who are new to the world of cigars place all of attention on the tobacco inside, rather than giving a second thought to the wrapper.  But the wrapper plays a huge role in the quality of the cigar.  The wrapper is simply the tobacco leaf that is wrapped around the tobacco, which is holding the filler and binder together.  There are all kinds of wrappers used by cigar companies, which can vary quite a bit in quality, as well as flavor and color.  In fact, more than half of a cigar’s flavor profile can come from its wrapper, and like the tobacco inside, the wrapper can tell you just how high in quality a particular cigar is.

The four main types of cigar wrappers are Maduro, Connecticut, Habano, and Corojo.  Each has its own color and flavor, and also indicates where the wrapper comes from.  Most cigar lovers eventually find that they prefer one of the four over the others, and this is a completely subjective matter.  By experimenting with each one, you will be able to establish your own personal favorite.

 

What is a Humidor?

Any cigar collector will tell you that the only way to store cigars properly is by investing in a humidor.  Cigars require the right moisture level during storage in order to maintain a fresh flavor, avoid mold and prevent staleness that ruins the ability to smoke.  A humidor is a device that keeps your cigars at a controlled humidity level so that they can last for a long time while maintaining their desirable properties.

In short, a humidor is a box that contains a humidifier system.  This system can be analog or digital, and its only job is to keep the humidity level within the box consistent.  Humidors vary from model to model, being different in size, material, and overall quality.  Spanish cedar is the most popular choice for a humidor, as the wood is resistant to moisture damage, and repels insects that can infest the cigars.

 

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is the key component to a humidor, allowing you to store your cigars in an environment that completely controls the humidity level at which your cigars are maintained when not in use.  Humidity is the most crucial component to cigar storage, as too much humidity can cause mold to develop, and too much dryness can cause the cigars to go stale and lose their flavor as well as their ability to be smoked properly.

The humidifier in a humidor can be digital or it can be analog.  It’s set to provide 70% humidity, which is considered ideal for cigars.  The humidifier needs some type of water source to maintain adequate moisture levels, and the humidity level can be read by a hygrometer, which measures the humidity in the air so that you can know that it is working properly.  It is important to do your research before investing in a humidifier to ensure that it has the quality level to do its job properly.

 

What are Little Cigars?

Little cigars have become enormously popular in recent years, and despite having been around for a long time, they have only recently resurged as a massive trend among smokers.  Usually sold in packs of 10, little cigars are exactly what the name suggests – cigars that are smaller than average.  They are made with the same materials, only they’re very compact and therefore are quicker to finish smoking.

Many say that little cigars taste more like cigarettes, while still retaining a lot of the unique flavor profiles associated with regular cigars.  One big difference is that little cigars can be inhaled, unlike standard cigars.  Many smokers nowadays prefer them because they are sweeter in taste.

Another advantage is that the tobacco in little cigars is less processed, with many saying that this promotes a better taste overall.  And, of course, the ability to finish a little cigar quickly is something that appeals to many.

 

Should You Smoke a Cigar Immediately After Purchasing It?

Any quality cigar company ages their cigars prior to sending them to distributors, which theoretically implies that cigars are ready to be smoked as soon as you bring them home, or as soon as they arrive at your door.  So yes, you can get to smoking right away if you’re struggling to be patient.  But most cigar experts will tell you that the experience will be even more gratifying if you let it sit in your humidor for anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  This is known as a process of settling because a cigar likely experienced all kinds of unfavorable conditions before it entered your possession, such as changes in temperature and humidity. 

Allowing it to “settle” gives it a chance to readjust to more favorable conditions, which can enhance the taste and the quality of the smoke.

 

Where are Most Cigars Imported From?

Anyone with even a vague knowledge of cigars will tell you that South America has produced the finest and most notable cigars for well over a century.  So, it’s not surprising that today’s exports largely come from South American countries, where the tobacco industry is alive and well.

These days, most of the cigars that we get our hands from come from one of two countries: Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  The reason why mainly has to do with the fact that these countries simply produce the best tobacco.  Tobacco companies maintain their facilities in these countries so that they can have a personal relationship with the local tobaccos that are grown, which are used to produce their delicious cigars. 

However, Cuba, another country with a long history in the cigar industry, continues to be a heavy cigar exporter as well, mainly for more expensive cigars that are on the market.

 

What are Blunt Wraps?

A blunt wrap is a tobacco wrapper that is a crucial part of a cigar, which is repurposed for rolling cannabis.  All tobaccos have a wrapper, which is a term for a tobacco leaf that holds together the tobacco that is inside the cigar.  There are various types of wrappers out there, which each have their own unique color, flavor profile and texture.  The reason why they are so popular for rolling cannabis is two-fold: one is that it adds a unique flavor profile to the smoke, and two is that it adds a bit of nicotine, which is a part of the tobacco leaf, which enhances the experience of smoking cannabis in a way that many people perceive as favorable.

Rolling a blunt wrap is practically an art form, in which the cigar is carefully split, and its tobacco discarded to be replaced with ground up cannabis.  Then, it is carefully rolled up in a way that ensures proper airflow and sealed to create a perfect wrap.

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