LIGHTING A BOX-PRESSED CIGAR

Because box-pressed cigars possess sharp corners, the key to lighting them correctly is in rotating the cigar over the flame. Turn the cigar in 25% increments as you take your first draws. This way, one side or corner is less likely to canoe or burn unevenly. As with any cigar, avoid chomping down on the end that’s in your mouth. You can crimp the draw and provoke an uneven burn. Due to the corners on a box-pressed cigar, an unwanted uneven burn will be more dramatic if you bite down on the end that’s in your mouth. The air passes through one side of the cigar faster and with less effort than the side that is constricted.

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