10 Things to Avoid of a Professional Smoker

While the world of high-end cigars is a relaxing experience, there are certain rules of etiquette that, especially business and bureaucrats, will have to pay attention to. these things. A few rules about fingers, or just a little mistake breaking these conventions will make you awkward. Here are 10 pitfalls you should avoid in order to become a professional premium cigar connoisseur.

Cut out too many cigars

The cap of a cigar contains a vegetable glue called gomma that holds the wrapper that ends at the top of the roll by a small piece of leaf. Therefore, if you cut too deep inside the body of the cigarette, you will completely break the bridge of the cigarette tip and the outer leaf will come apart. Usually will cut right on the rounded shoulder of the cigarette, that is, the top cap of the cigarette end.

Blow continuously

In the art of enjoying cigars, I share how you can blow your cigars professionally and avoid the cigarette being extinguished. However, continuous steaming is also not recommended, as this causes the cigar to heat up very quickly, resulting in a spicy, hot and bitter taste. It is best to leave a gap of 30 seconds for each puff, so you will be comfortable with enjoying, as well as make the cigarette not affect the taste.

Light a potion with dirty ingredients

This, I often say to cigar aficionados, I keep repeating it over and over again. Not all flames are created equal. The source you use must be clean, otherwise when they enter the cigarette will make your cigarette worse. Using a flame that burns with Butane fuel (a gaseous type of gas) is the best, it does not affect the cigarette at all. If you use a candle, the wax particles will go straight into your mouth, if you use the ash, the scent of that wood goes into the scent of the medicine, etc. many Vietnamese people use cheap Chinese lighters, use cheap Chinese gas, the smell of gas entering the medicine is very unpleasant. Therefore, I recommend you to use Xikar or Dupont lighters (the ability to burn fuel is almost 100%) and use high-quality imported gas.

Cigar cutting is many parts

That might be for TosCano cigars but if you’re doing it with real cigars it’s a no-brainer. The cigar is not a symmetrical body and is uniform in all parts. The tobaccos are completely different in parts (especially in Cuban cigars). Experienced cigar makers or blenders place and design different cigar leaves at the tips to ensure the flavor and variation in strength and flavor experience of a cigar. medicine And especially cutting the cigarette like that for no reason breaks the cigarette by breaking the wrapper leaf bond.

Inhale cigar smoke

Perhaps it should be repeated again for those of you who are new to cigars, even many old players are still doing, that is smoking cigars like cigarettes. That’s a mistake! The taste of cigars is on your tongue, not in your lungs, cigars are tasting, feeling aromas and their resonance on the palate and nasal cavity. Inhaling cigar smoke into your lungs will not help you feel its flavor, moreover it will make you short of breath, intoxicated even in severe shock, making you nauseous and dizzy.

Light a cigar

When you finish smoking the cigar, you just need to put it down in the ashtray, no need to do anything, the fire will continue to burn and keep the flavor for the cigarette steadily. It’s possible that its ash will fall off on its own, without your intervention. A snuffed cigarette makes them not pretty.

Place a half-smoked cigar in the Humidor

Perhaps this is the worst thing to do, not to do, even to use the word “Forbidden”. Half-smoked cigars have a very high moisture content, when put in Humidor it causes the moisture of all other cigarettes to spoil. Moreover, a half-smoked cigar will cause the rest of the cigars to be contaminated with smoke, leading to odors and loss of smell.

Use a cigar box as a Humidor

That’s what you are thinking, any manufacturer recommends that you store your cigars in stable temperature and humidity conditions, which means that the box of the cigar cigars are not meant to preserve your cigars. You just need to take it out of the store or your storage cabinet, it has already lost its moisture balance.

Store cigars in the fridge

Many cigar novices do not invest in a good cigar storage system, thinking that the refrigerator can be used as a storage space, but That’s a mistakethe temperature and humidity conditions of the refrigerator are completely inappropriate. It will make your cigars dry and cracked.

Show someone how to smoke a cigar

Do not do this, because everyone has a different way of enjoying cigars, and there are many different principles in life. Let them smoke their cigarettes as they please – unless you’re an editor or cigar expert, of course!


How to raise good cigars

Storing a cigar to enjoy is not an easy thing. This preservation process is an important aging process, it ensures the complete removal of the acids in the tobacco leaves and makes the leaves smooth and shiny, the flavor enhanced and sweeter. Many people mistakenly believe that investing in a storage cabinet or a Humidor is to leave it to it to keep their cigars. But that thinking is so wrong!

A good cigar is evaluated through many different criteria, from appearance, flavor, softness, leaf color, ability to snow, ventilation, ability to hold ash, smoke, …. Many cigar smokers simply light up and smoke, even they don’t know how to appreciate or feel a cigar properly. It is very understandable because the purpose of using cigars is different for each person. So keeping our cigars is as simple as making sure the cigar doesn’t spoil, and it still smokes. Then read the article How to preserve cigars as mentioned above. And in this article, I would like to share how to “nurture” a cigar so that it is “Delicious” according to the criteria of enjoying a cigar.

Choosing a cigar storage cabinet

How to choose the right cigar storage cabinet? Many people choose to buy a Humidor box (small cigar humidor) to store their cigars, this is also possible when you have a separate room with little temperature variation and very cool. Then using Humidor box is also possible, and you have to be very clever to control the humidity of the storage box every day. And my advice is that you should invest in a professional cigar storage cabinet (Cigar Humidor Cabinet).

Currently, on the market, all types of plug-in cigar storage cabinets have built-in temperature and humidity control features, so you should buy a storage cabinet of this type. However, according to my long experience, most of the storage cabinets sold in Vietnam do not guarantee the required temperature and humidity, so you must choose high quality, branded cabinets. and ensure the ability to preserve cigars such as EuroCave (France), Liebherr (Germany), BullDog (Chinese-German), Gerber-Humidor (Germany), Adorini (German Cabinet) brands…. These are cabinets that in my experience are of excellent quality in the preservation of fine cigars.

How to arrange cigars in the storage cabinet

According to the sharing of many people as well as my personal experience, the cigars in the cabinet should have certain standards, not simply put the cigars in the wooden trays. Often you notice that the cigar cabinets have wooden trays with different horizontal and vertical spokes, or drill round holes to create ventilation for the cigars.

  • We pay attention that the cigars should be placed perpendicular to the ventilation holes, so that the cigars are more ventilated.
  • It is possible to stack cigars on top of each other depending on how many or how few cigars you have, but stacking will also affect the storage process, it is best to limit stacking. If so, we should put thin wooden leaves between the layers (take advantage of the inside of the available cigar boxes).
  • Should all the cigars be placed on wooden trays? In my opinion, it shouldn’t, but if you have a good cabinet like the ones I introduced above, you absolutely can. And you must have time to do the things I will talk about later.
  • Each cigar storage cabinet has a design of a box and a cigarette holder, so it is also a suggestion for storage, you should put the cigar boxes in the lower compartments and the bare cigarettes on the trays. above that you often smoke.

How to adjust the humidity temperature for the storage cabinet

The common standard that all cigar manufacturers instruct in cigar boxes is to store cigars at a temperature of 15°C – 18°C and an average humidity of 60% – 75%. However, to ensure the best cigars, in my experience, a base temperature between 18°C – 20°C and humidity between 69% – 75% is best. Why is that?

Everyone has different tastes and depending on the culture of the region, Westerners tend to smoke more dry cigars than Easterners. Why, I think there must be a long article to share, but basically we understand that it is different in natural and cultural conditions.

According to the above temperature and humidity background, please adjust your storage cabinet according to your feelings about the cigarette you own.

How to cultivate good cigars

This is the part we need to discuss when you can do at least the above things when you want to nurture good cigars. And this is like a part of the attention that you need to follow when you want to have the best cigars that when you enjoy or those around you enjoy also have to say. The numbers given below are a guarantee for a good cigar, and exceeding the number limit as shared below does not necessarily make the cigar damaged, but it affects the process of growing. nursing, or you have to spend time rearing.

  1. Humidity control: as I said, the temperature from 18°C – 20°C (with Humidor box it is from 22°C – 24°C) is not necessary to control too tightly, temperature fluctuations in this range. But humidity you need to control very carefully. Because as long as the humidity of the cigarettes exceeds the allowable limit (from 69% to 75%) for too long (more than 1 day in my opinion), the cigar will have problems. Either dry or moist, this affects the fermentation of the cigar.
  2. Change the humidity: Changing the humidity depends on your smoking preferences, as well as your desire to return the cigar to the best mode. However, please note that the humidity adjustment should not be too fast, too sudden, if you want to increase or decrease the humidity, adjust the humidity at plus or minus 2% and change it after 2 days, like that. best for cigarettes
  3. Control the ventilation of the cigar: So one week you should reverse the position of the cigars inside the Humidor, because staying fixed inside the Humidor for a long time will cause their contact surfaces to be blocked, uneven in all cigarettes.
  4. Control the ventilation of the cabinet: The cigar cabinet should be placed in a cool room with air conditioning, this has the effect of creating ventilation for the cabinet. Ideally, you should flush the refrigerator once a week, and how? It is the rotation of the cigars that helps you to empty the cabinet. Please turn on the air conditioner of the room containing the medicine cabinet to about 20°C – 22°C, during the process of turning the medicine, open the door of the medicine cabinet all the way, the turning time should last about 1 hour, or if done quickly, you Open the cabinet door to let the room air-conditioned for about 1 hour – 2 hours. Thus, creating ventilation for the entire cabinet and dehumidifying if the humidity is too high (especially in the wet season).
  5. Change the water tank continuously: I always remind cigar players, change the water in the cigar cabinet constantly, drain the water and put fresh water in, if possible do it once a month, otherwise at least 3 once a month. Because a lot of bacteria as well as molds will enter your cabinets. And it is best to use pure distilled water for your cabinets.
  6. Balance moisture according to preference: This is for each person, each taste is different, it is up to the individual who likes to smoke or breathe, this is completely up to you to actively adjust the humidity of your storage cabinet to be reasonable. For example, I personally smoke at 72% humidity, it is darker and smoother, softer.

So, above I have shared in detail how to preserve standard cigars as well as how to nurture cigars so that they are delicious. With the suggestion of using a professional storage cabinet, in addition for those of you using a Humidor box, just buy a Boverda for and to control humidity and keep it cool, and follow the 3 steps above. This article is purely based on my own experience as well as shared by some friends. So I look forward to your comments and suggestions.


The clearance of the cigar and how to deal with a blocked cigar

When smoking a cigar One of the unpleasant experiences is encountering a blocked, poorly ventilated cigar. At that time, even if your cheeks were puffy and puffy, you would not feel much of the flavor, both tired and angry.

Here is an article that I have collected, so I want to share it with you for everyone’s reference from how to choose a cigarette to how to handle such stuffy cigarettes. To make it easier to understand, Thich Cigar has edited a bit and added some comments to the article.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE Least Swallowing Shape of Cigars

The most common suction shape is a broom tail like BBMF (Fuente OpusX) or a suckling pig’s tail like BHK (Behike), followed by a twisted pig tail like Flying Pig (Liga Privada).

In general, the kit has a tail because the purpose of making the tail is to pull it out and suck it up without cutting. You can use your teeth to bite it to give it a peaceful blood, but it’s not advisable in the elegant Lounge. Note if the tail seems to be tightly wrapped, it should be cut because due to the beautiful shape, sometimes they tie the head too tight like the bottom of the waist, so it is a bit poorly ventilated, it is necessary to reduce it.

Next, the easiest to eat is the flat top and the most annoying is the pointed tip of Piramide or belicoso because it is molded.

So why is a Belicoso or Piramide a bit more expensive? Because rolling workers take more work and have to be more skilled. So if you use a good high-end piramide, that means you spend more money on a good roller.

After choosing the goods that are tall, thin, fat, tail or no tail, round or pointed, then you should pay attention to the squeezing and touching part.

Visitors should pay attention to wear gloves if opening a naked cigarette or just manipulating the cigar through cellophane to avoid fungal diseases spreading through the guests’ hands. Our hands are always dirty and bio-oil secreted by ourselves, this is the favorite food of mold.

The way to straighten is to straighten from the suction tail to the front stamp, if it is stiff without a slight elasticity, the risk of strangulation is very high.

Squeeze down to the burner. If you find that from the middle up to the top of the smoker, it’s hard, the middle and down is softer, which means that the cigarette is not flexible and needs to be brewed more.

The cigar is a fully flexible cigar, except for the pointed end, which is always stiff.



If you encounter a sharp-pointed cigarette, cut 2/3 of the pointed end.

A flat head like a Cohiba Robusto should only be cut off the cap. If you just dropped the cap and sucked it up, that’s fine.

If you cut off the cap and you don’t get it, you can start harassing the shop owner. The shop owner will exchange you another cigarette. If the owner of the shop does not change it, you should change the shop to buy it.

The cut should not be too deep 1/3 cm if desired because when the cigar needs to be cut deep, it means that the roll is not up to the standard. But village guests should also politely add 1 block and still choke, so they should ask to change cigarettes.

Trying to smoke a stuffy cigar is like eating sticky rice. Losing all the taste and losing money adds to the frustration…

Each type of cigar has a different throughput. But if you feel that the cigarette is not pine, you should use a poker tree, a kind of old steel or bamboo tree the size of a bicycle spokes (spokes) to poke and create more fluency for the cigarette. If you poke about 1/3 of a cigarette 1 time, it’s ok, no problem. This error is acceptable. If you have to poke once every few puffs, it means that the cigarette is over-rolled, and if it is still poorly ventilated, the cigarette is completely unsuccessful, the taste will change due to the smoke.


If you smoke one to three puffs and the leaves do not burn evenly, it is a lack of heat, need to heat around the burning edge to bring up the standard smell.

If the cigarette burns fast on one side and slow on the other, it means that the leaf is not rolled evenly. The place is tight and the place is loose. Need to burn the leaf part that burns more slowly.


To break it off, you should take a breath and then brush it off. The ashes will break clean. If the burner is not red, it means that it needs to be heated and smoked while burning. You should burn more when you have just cleared the ashtray and should keep the ashtray because the ashes help keep the heat of the burning head.

Cigar is not like cigarettes, should not be ashtray continuously.

Do not try to smoke when there is a lack of heat, but you should knock off the ashes and then re-prime.


When smoking lightly, you don’t see enough smoke, don’t try to take a few breaths to make it red, but blow back to clean the smoke, wipe off the ashtray, and then burn it again like a new cigarette.

Continuous pulling for a few puffs will ruin the taste of the cigar and make it bitter.