Q & A: Smoking With Your Nose?
What is the advantage of smoking with your nose?
6/18/08 | by GS of Bethesda, MD
When enjoying cigars, many people simply pull the smoke into their palates and then expel it back into the air. Since there are about 10,000 taste buds on the tongue, each individual does get a good representation of the characteristics offered by every cigar tasted. However, there are many competing nuances in a blend that may go unnoticed if the smoke is never expelled through the nose. Here’s why. There are many odor receptors located in the nose. These receptors can detect 80 to 90 percent more odors or nuances than the tongue. Although the tongue has 10,000 taste buds, it can only distinguish between salty, bitter, sour, and sweet flavors. Due to this fact, expelling cigar smoke through the nose will drastically increase the amount of competing flavors noticeable on the palate, which in turn improves the overall experience. Remember, when properly performed, the smoke is never inhaled into the lungs.
Review: 601 Green Oscuro
La Punta (5.5"x52) Perfect size. The ring gauge allows for an easy draw, without sacrificing the slow burn. Many cocoa nuances noticeable on the palate with much pepper and spice through the nose. Produced almost a 3-inch ash.
Tronco (5.0"x52) Started off robust and heavy with ample spice but refused to mellow out. In addition, the after taste was definitely sweet making this size incredibly well blended. The oils left some residue on the lips and the last two inches were very strong, but highly enjoyable.
La Fuerza (5.5"x54) Medium in length but thick, this size emits a ton of smoke. Although it burned evenly, the smoke seemed slightly hot on the palate but allowed for a rich after taste. Many espresso-like flavors.
Trabuco (6.1"x58) Very big cigar that engulfs the palate with many competing nuances of coffee and pepper. Very complex but the burn followed a vein down the left side. Good cigar but became incredibly intense towards the last 3 inches. Will easily last 90 to 120 minutes with very little to offer in terms of sweetness.