Check the Ashtray: Using Ashes to Determine the Quality of Your Ci
How to tell if your cigar is of the highest quality? Check the ashtra
y—the ashes left behind can speak volumes about the quality of your ci
gar. Here a few simple tips to determining the quality of your cigar.
First, note how fast your cigar burns. A cigar that seems to burn too
quickly or disposes ashes that break apart easily is probably a lower
quality cigar. If the ashes seem too messy, and don't break apart to
gether, this may also indicate a lower quality cigar. Also, check the
color of the ashes. If the ash color seems to change, the tobacco le
af mix may be of poorer quality.
The highest quality cigars, those that are well packed, will burn very
slowly and burn stiff ash. The 'stiff ash' can remain intact up to t
wo to three inches long, and remain on the cigar without breaking apar
t. A high quality cigar can be burned down to the nub. Even high qua
lity cigars may vary in taste, especially when they are smoked down to
the nub. Many times, you can usually get 'burn past' these bitter sp
ots by letting the cigar burn on its own for a few minutes.
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