A Cigar Not to Love?
It shouldnít happen, and it especially shouldnít happen if youíre a savvy smoker who pays attention to and keeps tracks of the attributes of the cigars you like, but every so often youíll hit a stick thatís a clinker. For whatever reason, it doesnít resonate and what should be a pleasant smoke simply isnít. The experience is similar to picking up a book that you really wanted to read, that got great reviews, but youíve read into a bit and you donít get what the hype is all about because youíre not hooked.
So, the question becomes, should you go farther? And if you do go on and things still arenít going well, at what point do you throw in the towel and chuck everything?
Part of the answer depends on what the problem is. If itís simply a matter of taste and youíre not too far along in the smoke, try giving it a little more time. Cigars need to heat up to a certain extent before they begin to reveal what theyíre all about. Thereís also a certain point in a cigarócalled the sweet spotówhere everything comes together as the maker intended them to. This is typically about half-way through the smoke, and it should extend through much, if not all, of the second half of the smoke. If youíre not there yet, you might want to keep going. If you are there and it still isnít a satisfying smoke, it might simply not be a cigar for you. Or it might be a green cigaróin other words, one that needs more aging. If itís the latter, put any others of its kind that you might have away for at least a month. If itís a onesie, why torture yourself further? Put it down and chalk it up to experience.
If the problem is structural, in other words, the cigar isnít burning right, you might be able to correct the problem and salvage the smoke. For example, maybe youíre getting lots of air and no smoke when you pull on the cigar. This is often caused by uneven rolling, which created a void or pocket in the bunch. If the void is small you might be able to smoke past it. If not, you might be hit. That said, you can try rolling the cigar a little bit in your fingers, gently so you donít damage the wrapper. Things might even out a little.
If it feels like youíre not getting much of anything when youíre puffing, youíve got a plugged cigar. It could have been rolled too tightly or it might be over humidified. If itís the latter, thereís not much you can do. If itís the former, you can try to open it up some by running a skewer lengthwise through it.