Cigar ash and the correct techniques for ashing your cigar is a subject that isn’t really explored all that much. The following post will explore what the ash of your cigars means and the correct way to deal with it.
When it comes to cigar ash the desired or best color is considered white. Why? This reflects a large calcium content in the soil of where the tobacco was grown. It is generally associated with the soil from the Dominican. Some cigars will ash with light grey and white streaks – this is also optimal!
If the ash is black or really dark then the soil in which the tobacco was grown is lacking minerals. Your cigar will taste more acidic and almost burnt which no one really wants!
The ash from a cigar should extend roughly one inch from the burning cherry. If you think of this length of ash a a buffer around the end of the cigar which helps with airflow around the burning point. If you don’t have that one inch of ash then your cigar will burn too hot which is going to affect your smoking expereince negatively.
Cigar Ash and the Quality
When it comes to the cigar ash it is dependent on the type of tobacco used. The better wrapped and the filler the more consistent your smoke will be. The better rolled your cigar the better and more even burn and therefore ash. If you have low quality tobacco or rolling leaf you’ll end up with an uneven burn and your ash will be all over the place.
Correct Way to Ash you Cigar
There are a few misconceptions when it comes to ashing your cigar. Some think it should be tapped off regularly or burned until it falls off naturally but both of this are incorrect. By regularly tapping off the ash your cigar will burn far too hot and if you leave the ash to fall off on its own accord then it will burn too cool and potentially extinguish itself.
So what is the best way to ash a cigar? By gently rolling your cigar in a ashtray you can consistently maintain roughly one inch of ash in either a cone or a round shape. Don’t force a particular shape, let the cigar do the work and help it along into whatever shape forms naturally.
The key thing is to keep your cigar ash at the one inch length as accurately as possible. You will have a much more enjoyable smoking experience if you can do this!
Overall that’s basically the top things to think about with cigar ash. The color is a reflection of the soil the tobacco was grown in. White or grey with white streaks is a sign it was grown in Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Dark or black ash means the soil quality is poor and your cigar isn’t going to taste nor smell very good! The desired length of ash is one inch, any shorter and the cigar will burn too fast and any longer and the cigar will burn too cool and potentially extinguish itself. The correct way to ash your cigar is to control and taper the ash with an ashtray into either a cone or rounded shape but always roughly one inch more than the burning cherry. I hope this helps clear up your cigar ash thoughts and the proper way to address ashing your cigar!