There are several techniques a person needs to master in order to ensure they obtain maximum enjoyment from their cigar. They are:
- The Cut
- The Light
- The Draw
- The Finger Roll
- The Denouement
One of the chief gripes i get from friends and through readers of My Cigar Blog concerns the consistency of their cigar. Why does the cigar taste good in the beginning, then taste bad towards the end? Why does the cigar “canoe” (burn unevenly)? Why does the cigar get hot in my hands? Why does the cigar taste like ashes? Why does the smoke burn my lips/palate?
The answers to these questions lie in the 5 techniques above. The one most often overlooked and misunderstood is #4 — The Finger Roll.
Every 60 seconds or so, or every 2 draws (whichever comes first), The Finger Roll involves rolling the cigar in your fingers. Not twirling the cigar, but rolling the cigar in-between your thumb and index & middle finger. A leisurely roll, slowly letting the edges of the burn spread out evenly.