Alex Williams:Also, do you prefer to let the ash grow or do you tap it off?
0 That Guy 0:While on this topic, what is the best way to fix a cigar that canoes? I always just wet my finger and dab it on the side thats running in hopes that the other sides will catch up. This usually works but is a pain in the ass and annoying.
Alex Williams:What is your mark of a good cigar?
Alex Williams:.... it was how long it could gold its ash. I'd this a valid statement?
Also, do you prefer to let the ash grow or do you tap it off?
betasynn:It's my understanding that this is one of those simplified rules designed to catch everything, but in doing so, misses a few of the finer points. I think that, as others have said, long filler, well rolled, will have a 'stronger' ash because it's a denser cigar, or something along those lines. Additionally, it depends on the type, but not always the quality, of tobacco. For instance, you'll see that the Rocky Patel Sungrown, while generally liked, has a VERY flakey ash. For me, I keep the ash on if I like the way a cigar is smoking because the ash does effect the flavor. Note the flavor before and after you tap out the ash, and you'll see a definite difference.
gmill880:From what i understand the longer ash helps the cigar burn cooler
madurofan: gmill880:From what i understand the longer ash helps the cigar burn coolerI highly doubt this. I won't dismiss it but I just don't understand how it could.
kuzi16: madurofan: gmill880:From what i understand the longer ash helps the cigar burn coolerI highly doubt this. I won't dismiss it but I just don't understand how it could.i have doubts on this as well, but there is a common theory out there that states just that.the theory is that the ash limits the amount of oxygen reaching the smoldering end of the cigar. no O2, no combustion. less O2, less combustion. again, im not sure how true it is. and along those lines, wouldnt you only have to wait about a minute till there was a bit of built up ash and you were back to where you started?
nsezell:I've personally experimented with this quite a bit. It definitely keeps the stick cooler. The lack of oxygen just slows down the burn. Consider the temperature of the smoke coming through before and after the ash drops. Plus, once my first ash drops, I can definitely taste a slightly more "charred" a few minutes after the ash drops. The spitting theory is just BS from what I can tell tho...
brsmith21:Does it burn even w/o tunneling or canoeing, have the right amount of resistance (not too loose or tight draw), good smoke volume, and a flavor that I like.
kaspera79:I am in agreement with Kuzi on many points here...Taste is the first indication to me, about the quality of a cigar. While I do admire the skills involved in rolling a cigar that burns slowly and evenly, while maintaining a long ash, the flavors it delivers are always the main point of enjoyment.
If I am outside I let the ash go until I know it is going to fall ( experience rarely proves me wrong). When a long ash starts to bend, you better roll it off or you will be wearing it. Inside, a gentle roll every inch or so proves helpful. Some cigars correct themselves, others require a corrective light on the slow side. I don't mind this if I am enjoying the cigar.
You will find more tricks and ways to solve issues as you gain more "stick time".
ilikebigbutts-cigarbutts:Heres my slightly uneducated unscientific guess at letting the ash go. Has anyone tasted ash? I have and as u guessed its not very good. So i believe and can also reassure as stated erlier that the cigar flavor basically comes back after the ash has fallen off. I look at it this way, when u take your drag on a cigar that lets say has an inch of ash, not only are you getting the cigar flavor but your bringing in the ash flavor with it. I mean how can u not, the air goes thru the ash into the cigar then your mouth to your taste buds. Also when a cigar is just bout out and you try to save it. You get that ashy taste. Along with everyone agrees to blow thru a cigar to get old stale smoke out when cigar has gone out. Just my idears.
ilikebigbutts-cigarbutts:Heres my slightly uneducated unscientific guess at letting the ash go. Has anyone tasted ash?
Garen B: ilikebigbutts-cigarbutts:Heres my slightly uneducated unscientific guess at letting the ash go. Has anyone tasted ash? Yup, about a week ago I was helping my brother fix the light on his stick and once I was finished fixing it, he handed me my cigar backwards. You can guess how that turned out, and the worst part was I burnt my tongue and put out most of the cherry.