LIGHTING A BIG RING GAUGE CIGAR

Big ring gauge cigars are everywhere. Cigars that were 54 or 56 in ring gauge used to be considered pretty thick, but today it’s common to encounter cigars with a 60, 64, or even 70 ring gauge. If you’re a fan of ultra-fat cigars, summon some extra patience when you’re lighting up. Big ring gauges take longer to ignite simply due to the volume of tobaccos they contain.

It’s a common sight to see fans of big ring gauge cigars blast the foot with a powerful high-octane cigar torch with three or four jets pumping butane into the end, but that’s overkill. You don’t have to hit the foot of a fat cigar with a flame-thrower to light it. Gently toast the end, but be a little more patient in rotating your cigar over the flame, whether you’re using a soft flame or a torch lighter. If you’re using matches, strike two at the same time to produce a wider flame. We recommend using two matches for all cigars in general, but especially for big ring gauge shapes.

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