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Frequently Asked Questions: Smoking Too Hot


Smoking Too Hot?

Great tobacco has a natural combustion rate at which it must burn to convey its most delicate flavors. If smoked "too hot", tobacco will taste acrid and one dimensional; heat will coat the palate and the intricate blend of aroma and flavor will be lost. To determine the proper rate of smoking, let the ash be your guide. A cigar smoked at the proper rate will release its ash and leave a “flat” foot and ember behind. A cigar that is “too hot” will leave behind a pointy ember after the ash has fallen. The pronounced ember is a sign that the cigar is not burning evenly and therefore, too hot. Cigars can burn too hot because:
  • the user is smoking too fast
  • the cigar is rolled too tight, or poorly
  • the filler leaves were not arranged/placed properly
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