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					Check the Ashtray: Using Ashes to Determine the Quality of Your Cigar

How to tell if your cigar is of the highest quality? Check the ashtray 梩 he ashes left behind
can speak volumes about the quality of your cigar. Here a few simple tips to determining
the quality of your cigar.

First, note how fast your cigar burns. A cigar that seems to burn too quickly or disposes
ashes that break apart easily is probably a lower quality cigar. If the ashes seem too messy,
and don't break apart together, this may also indicate a lower quality cigar. Also, check the
color of the ashes. If the ash color seems to change, the tobacco leaf mix may be of poorer

The highest quality cigars, those that are well packed, will burn very slowly and burn stiff ash.
The 'stiff ash' can remain intact up to two to three inches long, and remain on the cigar
without breaking apart. A high quality cigar can be burned down to the nub. Even high
quality cigars may vary in taste, especially when they are smoked down to the nub. Many
times, you can usually get 'burn past' these bitter spots by letting the cigar burn on its own
for a few minutes.

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Description: Cigars have long been associated with the rich and powerful, with relaxation and rich flavor. Cigar aficionados have created a culture around the art of smoking, assembling various theories and accessories to debate and facilitate smoking. Much like wine tasting, cigar smoking has been seen as a diversion of the upper echelons of society.