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Must-Know Tips for Lighting and Cutting a Personalized Cigar

Every cigar aficionado has had to start somewhere when it comes to lighting and cutting their cigars. This can be frustrating for those that are new to the process, and can cause even cause quite a headache if there isn’t a cigar pro around to guide the newcomer through the process.

Cutting

Guillotine Cutters

The first step in the process is cutting the personalized cigar. There are several types of cutters available. The best for cigar smoking are singe and double-bladed guillotine cutters. These are the most efficient at cutting the cigar to prep it for smoking. One great way to ensure a clean cut is to set the cutter on a table and place the cigar on it, then squeeze and cut. This method ensures not only a straight cut, but the size of most cutters will ensure that the proper amount is cut off as well. When using a pair of cutters, be sure to cut the cigar quickly, with one fluid motion, just above the shoulder (where the straight part of the cigar begins to curve to form an end).

Sharp Knife

There are other methods for cutting cigars, if no pair of guillotine cutters are available. A knife can be used, preferably a sharp one, for cutting your personalized cigar. It may take the skill of a heart surgeon, but it is possible. In case of emergency, when there is no proper pair of cutters around, a sharp knife can be used to get a cut on the cigar. Remember that it is better to cut too little than too much, and it is best to again cut just above the shoulder of the custom cigar.

Biting

The next method, as you may have guessed, is not the most efficient. It is, however, quite possible to bite the end of the cigar to prep it to be smoked. Only use this method in a pinch when there is nothing sharp to be able to properly cut the cigar. To perform this method, rotate the personalized cigar and bite gently, while rotating. After a few gentle bites the cap should pop right off. Be careful though, as if performed poorly this will result in a poor smoke.

Lighting

Lighting the cigar is simple when it’s done before, but it’s not like lighting a candle. Gas lighters and matches can be used, but butane lighters are preferred and will result in a better flavor than the oil based ones.

Oil Lighter

When an oil lighter is used, be sure to rotate the lighter as you gently puff on the cigar, drawing in enough air to start to light the end. Once there is a strong cherry on the end to keep the cigar lit and draw sufficient smoke when puffed on.

Matches

With matches, remember that it will sometimes take up to 5 matches until the cigar is properly lit. While some smokers enjoy the taste of a match-lit cigar over an oil lighter, there are certainly more preferred methods these days than matches.

Butane lighters

Butane lighters are nice because they light up easier and stay lit, and provide a stronger flame than the oil based ones. Many cigar lounges will actually prefer that you use a butane lighter over an oil based one.

Cedar

Cedar is an ideal method for lighting cigars. When cedar is available for use, it provides a nice aroma and flavor to the tobacco, and stays lit nicely for the cigar to be held up to and lit.

Whatever the preferred methods of cutting and lighting for the smoker are, chances are they’ll find a way that works for them and get used to it. Remember, cigar smoking is supposed to be enjoyable and relaxing, so don’t overthink it. Find a way that works when enjoying a personalized cigar.

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Why Personalized Cigars are the Perfect Holiday Gift

It’s getting to be that time of year again! We’re all going to be searching for a special gift for loved ones, if we haven’t found them already. Recently, I’ve been discovering the joy of savoring a wonderful cigar with an old friend. Today we wanted to talk about why a  laser-engraved personalized cigar is the perfect holiday gift!

Cigars bring people together

One of the challenges of any get-together or occasion can be keeping conversation flowing and the vibes positive and energetic. Cigars don’t just help relieve that tension; they serve as an icebreaker and a way to help people stay comfortable at your holiday fiesta. Whether at a holiday party, a College Football Playoff get-together, or a casual reunion with an old buddy, a cigar is the perfect plan to pull a group of people together so that they can enjoy themselves.

Cigars Embody Custom and Tradition

While many people these days are turning to vapes and other things, a fine laser-engraved cigar can show you care and demonstrate that you value class and have an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Cigars have been a beacon of prestige for centuries, and many famous historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and even John F. Kennedy were known to enjoy their own cigars. Even Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was famous for his love for cigars! Too bad these figures didn’t have their own laser-engraved custom cigars to enjoy!

Custom Cigars are Personal

At Cigar Ink we are able to custom engrave your personalized cigars to fit any occasion for a friend or loved one. Anyone can pick up a gift at the mall, or even a great cigar from a local cigar shop. But the best gifts are the ones that are personal. Showing that you put in the time and effort to make your gift special, will show your friend or special someone that they are special, too.

Personalized Cigars are for Occasions or for an Individual

This holiday season, get a personalized cigar for a friend with their nickname engraved across the side, or you can even get a box of cigars with the name of your event on the side so that everyone can enjoy a cigar for a special occasion. You can even customize the font of your personalized cigars!

Whatever the reason or occasion for getting a custom cigar, the one thing that’s certain is that they will make great gifts. The kind of gift the other people will be jealous of when they see, because they are unique! So stay classy this holiday season and give a laser-engraved, personalized cigar. Call us at CigarInk today at 772-486-0068 or shop online here at our website!

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How to Plan Your New Year’s Cigar Party

These days, New Year’s Eve parties are becoming a little obsolete. However, when the right new thing is added into the mix, your party this holiday season can be far better than you imagined. Remember, people love new things, and while cigars certainly aren’t a new thing, the idea of a cigar party, or herf, for a New Year’s extravaganza definitely is. Let’s go over a few things to remember when planning your 2016 celebration.

Choose Your Venue

You may decide if to have your Cigar Party at home this New Year’s, if you have sufficient space and commodities available to be able to entertain a sizeable amount of people. If you prefer to have your party elsewhere, it’s time to go ahead and choose your venue if you haven’t done so already. There are many places here in South Florida if you are local, including lots of oceanfront property around West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Use your imagination and you’ll be able to come up with a great place.

Plan Around Football

Playoffs? Playoffs! That’s right, the College Football Championship Series is back. It’s possible that you and those closest to you aren’t too concerned with college football this week. However, if you’re a diehard football fan, or if your team is in the Top 4 this season, you’re going to want to plan around the playoff schedule for your cigar herf. Choose a venue with a few big screen TVs, and consider personalized cigars emblazoned with the letters of your favorite school. That’s what makes custom laser-engraved cigars so great, they can be perfect for any occasion.

Select Your Engraving

On that note, when planning your cigar party be sure to wisely choose the engraving you want upon each of your personalized cigars. You may want something clever to celebrate 2016, or a phrase that could seal off 2015 for all those in attendance. Remember that there will be many in attendance and you want the selection you choose to be an inspiration to everyone.

Get In Touch With Cigar Ink

The last thing to remember is to get in touch with Cigar Ink as soon as possible. The New Year is approaching quickly, and we have you covered on everything from the Cigar Girls for your party to the personalized cigars everyone will be enjoying.   If you’re ready to plan your New Year’s Bash or your party for any other occasion, you can get in touch with Cigar Ink at 772-486-0068! Happy New Year!

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Suggestions for Giving Personalized Cigars as Presents

Personalized cigars and accessories are great gifts, but you can easily make mistakes when trying to give them out as presents. Sometimes you can get the wrong type or give an accessory that a friend already has. Follow these pointers for giving personalized cigars and accessories out as gifts to avoid pitfalls!

Suggestions for Giving Personalized Cigars

Beware of the Box!

Some cigar smokers are particular when it comes to brand. Some may not be willing to try anything different, so you may not want to jump the gun and get them the wrong type of cigar! Be sure that you know which brand of custom cigars the person likes most before getting a bunch of personalized cigars in a box!

Samples

Giving samples of cigars as a gift is a great option. You may find this is in your best interest because a lot of people don’t prefer one cigar more than another. Samples are ideal for a majority of people because they offer a variety of custom cigars. It allows the receiver of the cigars to try different brands and they get a new experience with each one! Sure, they may not like each one they try but they get to try one each time! Then, if they haven’t ever tried one out before, they can see which ones they like and don’t like for that matter! But let’s face it, who doesn’t like a good cigar after all?

Accessories & Wrappers

Maybe you’re unsure about what types of cigars to get. If this is the case, you may want to think about getting cigar accessories instead! Accessories can include anything from lighters, cutters, leather cases, glass humidors, cigar wrappers, double blade cutters, and torch lighters. These are great gift ideas that any cigar fan would need in order to maximize their cigar experience.

Whether you are getting a bunch of different custom cigars, a box for your friend, co-worker, or loved one, nifty cigar accessories, or a combination of all cigar products, understanding these pointers about giving personalized cigars as presents can be extremely helpful. Cigars and accessories are great gifts because they provide an experience. Don’t miss out on giving someone an experience they can enjoy today!

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Cigars Aren’t Just for Men Anymore

Ladies, if you have ever strolled past a cigar shop and thought, “I’d smoke a cigar but I do not know the first thing about them,” then this article is for you. A lot of beginners, both women and men, are intimidated by the heir of sophistication associated with most cigar lounges. The choices can be overwhelming and include differing brands, flavors, sizes and more. It is no wonder that curious women pass by cigar bars and lounges, mistakenly thinking it is not a place for them.

Cigars are a great way to celebrate everything from the birth of a child to a new promotion. What’s been seen a traditionally male dominated activity has experienced more and more women joining in the fun. For the woman interested in taking their first puff, we have some tips that will transition you from a cigar beginner to a cigar aficionado.

Tip #1: Ask Questions

Make the manager of the cigar lounge earn his or her money for the day. You will be surprised at how much they know about cigars. Answering a few questions about your favorite wines, whether or not you smoke, and what scents you prefer will help them determine the perfect cigar for you. In most cases, your local cigar manager will suggest something mild like a Buccarat or Don Diego for a beginner.

Tip #2: Bring a Friend

Like everything else in life, learning about cigars is more fun with a buddy. Whether you bring a novice like yourself or an experienced cigar smoker, bringing someone along for your first cigar experience is a great way to make a new memory…and feel less intimidated.

Tip #3: Be Bold

Being bold does not mean coming into a cigar lounge and acting like you know everything about cigars. What it does mean is to approach the situation with confidence. You will not be the first woman to step into the world of cigars. You might think, “I wonder how many women actually come into places like this,” and the answer is: Lots! So, be bold, experiment with different cigar types and flavors and enjoy the experience.

Tip #4: Be You

Virginia Slim cigarettes had one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever because they knew their market and catered to it. If you are old enough to remember the slender cigarettes being advertised by women with a professional and glamorous edge to them, then you know what we mean. Some cigar makers have begun to recognize the market for women as a potentially big one and that is great for you. If you want to try a honey or mocha flavored cigar, go for it! You do not have to “run with the big boys” and get the most robust cigar in the lounge to prove yourself. Start where you are comfortable and with flavors that appeal to you.

It can be a scary thing to walk into a cigar lounge for the first time. However, following our simple tips can help make your first time smoking a cigar a great one! Cheers!