Many smokers want to master the cigar. Many inevitable questions arise. People sometimes do not know how to light cigars, how to taste them. It is unclear what can be considered a defect in such a tobacco product, and what to take as the norm.
The world of cigars is so deep that even experienced connoisseurs realize that in this issue it is still very far from clear. But for such people, the basic principles of cigar science still remain understandable. Therefore, the myths about cigars are not too difficult to debunk.
If the cigar is overdried or over-moistened, then it should still be tasted.
In fact, there is no point in doing this. After all, a dry cigar has an uninteresting taste. When making it, try to maintain a balanced level of humidity. This is necessary for the cigar to be able to fully show its entire range of flavors. If you store it in dry form, the product will begin to deteriorate. Flavors quickly evaporate, and the sheet will change its chemical composition. But excessive moisturizing of the cigar also hurts. It will have quite aggressive characteristics. So, when burning, a lot of liquid will disintegrate. This will lead to the appearance of unpleasant mucous joints. They will only interfere with combustion. Therefore, the more a cigar is moistened, the worse it will burn. But it is much more important to understand how great the difference between the moisture of the top sheet and the inner filling of the product. If the cover sheet is too wet, it will burn more slowly than the filling and the tie layers. Thus, the cigar will burn out in the form of a tunnel. This can be a consequence of too rapid moistening. For example, a cigar underwent a rapid change in the humidity level. She simply was not allowed time for a certain amount of moisture to spread throughout the volume. Too dense cigar is bad.
Even among connoisseurs, there is an opinion that a dense cigar will not be able to drag out because of an overabundance of leaves. But this is not true. After all, if the raw materials were of excellent quality, then the cigar will be solid due to its solid construction. It will be able to maintain its excellent structure during combustion. The truth is usually excessive hardness is in fact due to excessive moisture in the filling during sheet twisting or insufficient maturity. Then the leaves begin to dry out after twisting, the cigar itself begins to harden. But an overly soft cigar is also not a good choice. After all, in its composition there are bags with residual fats, this is the result of unfinished fermentation. If the temperature becomes high, these fats can affect the structure of the cigar itself.
A cigar can have a body and an unusual shape.
Actually, it’s not normal. Not only is the cigar ugly and obviously suffering from twist errors, it can ruin the tasting itself. Correctly twisted cigars should be elastic and have the right shape of the cylinder. If it is twisted poorly, it will lead to distortion of the diameter of the cigar and a violation of the proportions of tobacco in different parts of the product. The hollow zones with low leaf density are called potholes. In this case, the main damage is caused by traction.
The best cover sheet is the one that glitters.
Do not rely solely on brilliance. It is optimal if its level is average. That is, it should still be, but it should not be excessive. The excess of gloss is quite rare, this indicates a high content of oils, resins and wax in the sheet. This occurs when the fermentation was carried out inconsistently, not completely or with a violation of technology. But the lack of brilliance indicates that the cigar has been dried and fermented for too long, and also about the failures in the temperature regimes under which this occurred. Another reason may be incorrect storage of the product in a dry place. This will lead to a gradual condensation and irreversible evaporation of the oils and wax.And the oiliness of the leaf is determined by the varieties of tobacco, the characteristics of the soil, where it grows, climatic conditions in the form of rains and sun, harvest time and moisture in the leaves at the time of harvest.
The stains on the cover sheet make the cigar unpleasant.
Indeed, staining is not uncommon on the cover sheet, there may be even several types. Depending on this and the effect they may have on the taste of the product. If the stains are green, then they are the remaining constituents of chlorophyll, which the successive stages of tobacco processing could not eliminate. This happens if you dry the leaves incorrectly, too fast or hot. Also, this phenomenon can contribute to physical defects of the leaf, where chlorophyll accumulates. This substance can not be called favorable for the aromatic properties of the cigar. If the stains are yellow, this indicates that there was little moisture during drying. This led to thickening in some places of yellowish pigment. During fermentation, the color does not change. In general, it can be summarized that different fermentation practically does not affect the flavor and taste of the tobacco leaf. If drying is carried out at a high level of humidity, this leads only to a partial elimination of sugars and starch from the tobacco leaf. As a result, the yellow pigment spots become black in the subsequent fermentation. If the leaves dry in this way, they will get an unpleasant aftertaste. The fact is that in them there will be a large content of sugars and starch, which will unpleasantly irritate the receptors. Spots can also be white. Visually observe them unpleasantly. However, they do not harm the quality of the product itself. They can appear for two reasons. Small white spots are called sesame seeds. They are formed due to a fungal disease of the cercospora. The microorganism feeds on brown chlorophyll, leaving the tissues intact. Spotting is a sign of a decrease in the leaves of chlorophyll. But there is no influence on the taste of the cigar. If the white spots are rather large, and their contours are blurred, then this is evidence that at one time the tobacco leaves were exposed to the fungal disease “blue mold”. If there are many such spots along the main vein of the top sheet, then it speaks of a serious attack of microorganisms. But the spots, not adjacent to veins on the cover, suggest that the problem is only a local one. Such mold is dangerous for green leaves, but for brown it can be harmless if the fermentation program is selected correctly.
Cover veins may be darker than the leaf itself.
In fact, this is a sign of a defect. The difference in color between the veins and the tissues of the cover will be if the drying was not performed correctly. If there is more moisture on the part of the leaf than in other places, the surface itself, like the veins, will be darker. Such a defect is a sign of incomplete drying. In addition, the subsequent fermentation only emphasizes it.
There is nothing to worry about if the cigar has stripes of different shades.
Multicolored stripes can be even on one sheet. The fact is that when drying on different parts of it can be a different level of humidity. In the drying house, the leaves are connected so that their bases are in tight contact, but between the lower parts the air passes freely. So it turns out that here the humidity will be lower, which will affect the color. The heterogeneous color of the leaf can also be obtained if, during fermentation, the leaves are touching more densely on one side than on the other. Where contact is better, the color will be darker, as fermentation here will also flow better. This color heterogeneity in the cover sheet indicates that it has a heterogeneous chemical composition. This, in turn, is an indication that aromatic characteristics will be inadequate.
If the cigarette has a non-aromatic cover, it is better to change it.
Actually, it’s better not to hurry, but still try it.The fact is that sometimes the cover sheet of the aroma is rather weak. Then it can really seem that the cigar does not have enough flavor or a part of it. People, closing their eyes, draw in air, but they do not feel the expected bouquet. Naturally, this is frustrating. In practice, it turns out that an unedged veil, even with unenviable aromatic features, can demonstrate interesting aromatics during combustion. Insufficient smell of the cover can be explained by the poverty of a sheet of cheap and ordinary cigars. In that case, the sheet had an excessively long fermentation or it occurred at a high temperature. Perhaps just tobacco was a bad grade. And there are cases and very simple – the cigar was not stored as it should. This is what impoverished her fragrance. It was either completely dry, or some neighboring material interrupted the smell of a cigar.
Cigar circumcision is not worth attention.
In fact, this procedure is very important for the quality of the tasting. Circumcision is best done as cleanly as possible, using a guillotine, punch or scissors. If you do this inaccurately or poorly, then you can damage the cover. It will start to unfold, which will have a negative impact on further processes. And if you cut a too dry cigar, it can unzip the cover. We must also pay attention to the diameter of the cut. He can determine the rate of smoking. Indeed, an unnecessarily small hole can interfere with normal traction.
Kindling a cigar is quite a complicated process.
This procedure is rather simple. Correctly light a cigar along the entire cross section of the cigar, along the outer cut. After all, if some leaves turn out to be unlit, the process will go unevenly. The cigar itself will suffer from unbalanced combustion, started initially. It can be expected that such a defect in the course of the subsequent combustion will be corrected by itself, but it will be better to re-ignite after all. It is worth mentioning that it is best to kindle a cigar with natural fire. To do this, perfect match wooden matches, a ray or a gas lighter.
The strange smell of a cigar is a bad sign.
This smell most likely belongs to ammonia. In a cigar, it appears, if its leaves during fermentation did not breathe well or even during the process of twisting. Such a volatile product occurs only when the leaves undergo a fermentation step. The presence of ammonia suggests that the processes in the leaves have either recently ended or are still ongoing.
It’s okay if the cigar is extinguished several times during smoking.
This phenomenon is considered abnormal. If the cigar is extinguished several times, then there is an obvious burning problem. There are several possible reasons for this. Perhaps, poor fermentation is to blame. Because of this, a large number of proteins containing nitrogen, or negative elements, for example, chlorine, remained in the leaves. The cigar can also be too tightly twisted, which will cause an overabundance of the sheet in it. The product may also be too poor, then the porosity of the sheet will lead to little air access to the burning site. The cause of extinction can be a large level of moisture in the leaves. This happens if it exceeds 15% relative humidity.
Black ash from a cigar is a bad sign.
This is not always the case. There can be two reasons for this phenomenon. The first is the imperfect chemical composition of the tobacco leaf, the second is its poor combustion. Both these factors lead to the fact that the organics do not burn completely, forming the same black ash. The main reason is insufficient fermentation, which leaves unnecessary organic compounds inside the sheet. This is when burning and becomes a problem. And sometimes black ash is just a testament to the fact that the soil where tobacco grew was just missing some trace elements, for example, magnesium. Such a cigar can have a slightly unpleasant taste, then this will be a real problem.
To tighten a cigar, you need to apply effort.
This phenomenon is considered a problem, because it indicates a difficult draft. This can adversely affect the quality of the cigar tasting. It takes a lot of time to drag out, but smoke does not get much. The most common reason for this is the use of an excessive number of leaves at the stage of formation of the pupa itself. This is the name of the filling, which is bound with a binding sheet. Another reason for poor traction may be nodules or seals that appear due to the wrong arrangement of the filling inside the body of the cigar. The leaves could be twisted carelessly before placing inside the binding sheet.
The uneven burning of a cigar can not be corrected.
It happens that one side of a cigar burns faster than the other. There may be several explanations for this. The cigar itself may have been incorrectly lit, the product has an incorrect design, on some side is a thick vein, which slows down the burning. Unevenness can be caused by excessively moistened leaves of a cigar. And strong air currents can deform the course of combustion. If the cigars are well twisted and have gone through the correct fermentation, this guarantees an ideal and smooth burning throughout the tasting. But if the combustion is not too uniform, then almost always the re-ignition can correct this situation.
After a column of ash and a burning ring, a black charred zone can form on the cover.
It’s not normal! Indeed, this is not good, it’s a very bad sign. Such a shiny ring with resin content is the result of the content in the chemical composition of the sheet of excessive amounts of substances with a nitrogen content. In other words, the cover did not go through sufficient fermentation. You can be sure that such cigars will be very bitter and bitter.
If the cigar is bitter, there is nothing wrong with that.
Actually, this is a bad sign. It appears in a strong and unpleasant sensation on the back side of the sky and the front of the throat. Such bitterness is usually caused by multiple proteins that remain in the cigar due to incorrect drying or fermentation. It should be noted that this problem is quite frequent. In the case of severe bitterness, all pleasure can turn into torture. Then a lover of cigars can for a long time give up his favorite pleasure.
You can see for yourself the strength of a cigar.
First of all, you need to find out what the manufacturer says about the cigar’s fortress. This indicator depends on the specific type of sheet that was chosen for mixing. It is known that the leaves of Ligero from the upper tier of the tobacco bush give then to strengthen the cigar. This parameter has an objective character. Therefore, all the tasting experts appreciate the fortress in approximately the same way. There is a ten-point scale for assessing the strength of cigars. 5 points is the average for a fortress cigar. Strong cigars start with 6.5 or 7 points. But the factory classification of this parameter has only 4 categories. The first refers to the strongest cigars.
Bitterness in the mouth when there is a cigar, a bad sign.
Indeed, one can often feel a slight bitterness. However, this indicates that the fermentation of the cover was completed a little earlier than we would like. But some connoisseurs even like it. True, too much bitterness can become already unpleasant. This may also indicate that the cover is damp.
Cigars can be stored in daylight.
But this is better to avoid. The correct way to store cigars will be their complete isolation from the direct rays of the sun. If too bright light falls on the product, this will have an adverse effect on its cover. As a result, the beauty of the entire cigar will suffer. It will fade, part of its fragrance will disappear. The cover becomes drier, and therefore more fragile.