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Stogie Tip: Take Time to Smoke

25 Jan 2007

I know it’s a cliché, but – let’s face it – there just aren’t enough hours in a day. Especially if you’re a cigar enthusiast.

Between work, commutes, showers, errands, friends and family, chores, three square meals, taxes, and all the other responsibilities us grown-ups shoulder, how exactly is a human supposed to set aside an hour (well, more reasonably, and hour and ½) to enjoy a stogie?

I don’t mean to disappoint, but – unfortunately – I really don’t have an easy answer to that question. I can’t be your personal time manager, and I certainly don’t have the blueprints for a make-time-stand-still machine.

What’s worse, with winter setting in and government-imposed, fascist smoking bans looming over many bars, restaurants, and other public places, these days finding a place to smoke is becoming as difficult as finding the time to do it.

But we must do it. We must smoke cigars. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t park my ass in a chair for awhile and devour some delicious tobacco every now and again, I lose it. Not because I’m addicted to the leaf (cigar smokers rarely are), but because I need to unwind.

And what better way to do that than with a stogie? With the exception of fishing, there’s no other hobby that requires its participant to sit patiently still for so long.

Granted you can always smoke and golf, walk, drive, and – heck – some people even run, but I’ve always found that the best way to get the most out of your cigar is to put the rest of the world on hold and just smoke.

Find the time. If need be, grab some booze and/or company, but just do it.

And while you’re at it, remember to smoke slowly. Cigar enjoyment is not a race, and there’s no prize for finishing first.

Besides, in order to “cook” the tobacco at the right temperature (494˚F at the foot), you should only be taking about one puff per minute. You see, when you puff you’re caramelizing the sugars in the tobacco to bring out the flavors. If you puff too often, the temperature will rise, the tobacco will cook too fast, and the smoke may get harsh.

But enough chemistry. Smoking isn’t a chore; it’s what you and I do to have fun and escape from the rest of the world.

Why? Because we deserve it.

Patrick A

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24 Responses to “Stogie Tip: Take Time to Smoke”

  1. Sam Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 3:18 am #

    Good tip on the one puff per minute. I see some folks hammering away on that thing thinking it should take 15 minutes. On the other hand, on a great cigar, a minute is torture to wait to take another puff.

  2. George E Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 4:36 am #

    Excellent thoughts!

  3. Scott Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 5:15 am #

    Hey fellas – how about compiling a list of the places in DC where you CAN smoke? I know there's Shelly's Back Room…but after that, where?

  4. George E Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Draper's, with an ancient pedigree, welcomes smokers at its downtown shop: 640 14th Street NW Washington, DC

    (202) 638-2555
    http://drapertobacco.com/

  5. Doug Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:30 am #

    Well said!

    I must say guys – found your site while I was setting up my own and I'm very glad I did.

    Very nice site & design.

    Will be back!

  6. мepтвeц Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    Круто написано. Даже за душу берет, ну и заставляет задуматься над собственным блогом.

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