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Q & A: How long should you leave the ash on your cigar?

How long should you leave the ash on your cigar?

11/10/16 | by CK of Indianapolis, IN

There really is no right or wrong answer but, generally speaking, most enthusiasts like to hold off on removing the ash until it reaches about an inch in length. There are a few reason for this. One, a cigars ash is a good indicator of how well the cigar was made. Cigars that are under filled and contain too much space between the fillers will produce a weak, flaky ash that tends to fall off on your lap before you can get to an ashtray. If the cigar is constructed well, it should produce a tight, compact ash that may take a few taps to knock off. If it stays on, leave it be, that’s a good sign! A second reason enthusiasts tend to keep the ash on a bit is because it can help the cigar to burn a bit cooler and more uniform.

by Dave

Review: Rocky Patel Flor de San Andres

Dave Chock-full of flavor...

Rocky Patel is back with an exciting new release in the form of a hearty maduro featuring a San Andres wrapper and a carefully selected blend of Nicaraguan long fillers. Despite its bold packaging, this one has a rather tamed and refined character. To me, that’s a good thing. Right off the bat, this well-balanced cigar is incredibly smooth with rich notes of coffee and chocolate. To be honest, I was expecting a bold spice that is typical with San Andres wrappers. Instead there were just light hints of cedar, spice, and sweetness on the finish which added a nice bit of complexity to the blend. Neither flavor would completely overpower the others. I can really respect such a full-flavored cigar that doesn’t knock you back in your seat in terms of strength. Flor de San Andres remains firmly in the medium-bodied camp throughout and can be enjoyed any time of day. If you’re looking for a new everyday maduro you can’t go wrong here.

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