The Art of Smoking a Fine Cigar

Shawn Mackey’s Scotch and Cigar

Fine cigars have always been an integral part of the luxury lifestyle. Moreover, they are the most tasteful way to celebrate a special occasion, not to mention that fine cigars are also a source of inspiration for many other luxurious accessories. Let’s just remember Hublot designer watches with tobacco leaves, created in collaboration with Arturo Fuente. However, if you want to experience the true pleasure of smoking a fine cigar, you need to learn more about this exquisite hobby first. In one of our previous articles, we wrote about major cigar smoking mistakes you should avoid. This time, let’s look at some techniques that will help you obtain the greater pleasure from smoking a fine cigar!

Shawn Mackey’s “Scotch and Cigar”

1. Learn to purge and retrohale a cigar.

Purging and retrohaling are two important techniques that will help you enjoy your cigar to the fullest. The first one is intended to fresh and sweet the taste of the cigar by ridding it of any chemicals, while the second technique allows experiencing all the aromas and flavors your cigar can offer.

2. Allow ash to form.

Keep in mind that ash can tell a lot about the quality of your cigar, so allow it to form at least an inch before you tap it off. Moreover, this will help the aromas of the tobacco develop better. Plus, it will keep the burn slow and the smoke cool.

3. Wait for a while between puffs.

Never smoke a fine cigar too quickly. Do it slowly, waiting at least 30 seconds or even a minute between puffs. This technique will allow your cigar to burn better, and, as a result, you will enjoy the process of smoking much more.

4. Do not chew.

A fine cigar, even when it comes to one of the world’s most expensive cigars, is not something you can eat, so never chew your cigar. Instead, place it in an ashtray after the puff or simply take it out of your mouth and hold it in your hand.

5. Enjoy the process.

Smoking a fine cigar is art, and a unique experience as well. Thereby, whatever you do, you should relax and enjoy the process. Only in such a case, you will obtain the greatest pleasure from your new hobby.

Follow these simple tips, and you are sure to get the most out of the smoke!