Husker44:Why is it harder for the last 1/3 of the cigar to stay lit?
I imagine this has been talked about before, but I find I have to take more frequent draws to keep it going
mfotis:I think Kuzi has forgotten more about cigars than I'll ever know.
jlmarta: mfotis:I think Kuzi has forgotten more about cigars than I'll ever know.
And if you factor in his age, it becomes even more amazing.
kuzi16: Husker44:Why is it harder for the last 1/3 of the cigar to stay lit?
I imagine this has been talked about before, but I find I have to take more frequent draws to keep it goingthere is actually a reason. you are not making this up. but you may be very unlucky.
open your left hand with the palm facing your face, and your thumb sticking out making a backwards "L" with your index finger.
this is what the person bunching a cigar is starting out with. they then lay down the first leaf. the tip of the fingers is where the foot of the cigar is and the bottom of the palm is where the head and the cap will eventually be. on top of the first leaf they lay down the next leaf, and so on. as the bunch comes together and the leaves are folded or rolled over one another, the thumb of the left hand comes over and holds the bunch together. when the thumb is applying pressure, there is potential to mess with the alignment of the leaves in the bunch. the spot where the thumb is folded over usually hits about where the band is in the last third. the quality control people in a factory will catch most of the plugged ones. that spot will feel hard. but if the filler isnt THAT bad then it can get through.
how the filler is bunched plays a huge roll in how the cigar actually burns. when i was say above that the buncher is laying down one leaf, then the next, etc, i mean he is laying down the leaves in a very specific order. and by THAT i mean the leaves that burn the best are put down first (usually viso or seco depending on the blend). then the next best burning. and finally the hardest to burn (ligero )
as the bunch is "rolled" the ligero ends up on the inside and the stuff that is easier to burn on the outer part of the stick. (this is part of the reason why you get a cone when you smoke.)
with a different draw at the end, it is no surprise that you have to work harder to keep the
cigar lit and burning correctly.
you may notice this more in cigars that have a less intense quality control department.
i have seen it out of most factories that i have smoked from. there are a few that i have never seen this issue: Davidoff, Drew Estates, and... i htink that may be all i can think of right now.
correcting the problem at the factory level is difficult. basically, the better bunchers dont have problems and have figured out how to not do this. but like all businesses, a staff full of perfect employees doesnt exist.
the only way you can fix it at home is by corrective lights.