I won’t back down from a challenge, especially a challenge which involves cigars and some science. Recently, Bill called me out and said that I smoke cigars too fast. Personally, I have always known that this is true, but it came to light during the most recent CigarChat with Ezra Zion. I told everyone on the show that I smoked the Tantrum, which is a 4.4 x 44, in about 20 minutes. People were shocked that I smoke that fast.
Bill threw down this challenge.
Here are the parameters. I am going to smoke two Serie D Natural #6’s, one slow and one regular. Since I like MythBusters, and science in general, I am going to make this as scientific as possible. I found an online timer which will make a very annoying sound when the time has passed. At each interval I will take two puffs of the cigar.
The regular cigar will be smoked at one minute intervals and the slow smoked cigar at two minute intervals. I will record my experience with flavor, construction, burn, and anything else that is different between the two experiences.
Ready for some science b******?
Size: 4 ½ x 48
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Rosado
Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa and Esteli
Beverage: Sweet Tea
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Smoking Time: 95 Minutes (Slow Smoke) & 55 (Fast Smoke)
Price Point: $5.85
Cigar Purchased: At Spec’s in Round Rock
Overall Conclusion: I was wrong and Bill was right. Although, it is going to be a major pain to get myself to slow down while smoking, it is worth it on all fronts.
Slow Smoke Experience
Honestly, this is a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. I find myself reaching for the cigar before the timer goes off. One thing that really surprises is that the cigar never went out with two minutes between puffs. It is really amazing how much cooler the cigar burned when I smoked slower. I was able put my fingers on the wrapper, right next to the ash, without it burning me. Also, I have noticed the ash on smaller cigars never seem to hold well. When I smoked slow the ash held on for a lot longer than it did when I smoked at my normal speed.
The richness of the tobacco really comes through when I smoked at the slow pace. I was able to pick up notes of cedar, nuts, some earthiness, and a creaminess that ran through the entire smoke.
Even with the two minutes between puffs it was easy to get a ton of smoke from the cigar. It was noticeably more difficult to get the same amount of smoke at the end though.
The burn got a little off at the end and I touched it up with some saliva. This caused to cigar to go out and I had to re-light it. I was able to smoke this little bugger all the way to the nub. It never got hot or acidic at all.
Normal Smoke Experience:
Honestly, it doesn’t compare to the above. The flavors in the cigar weren’t as pronounced, it was more acidic, burn was hotter, I wasn’t able to smoke as much of the cigar, and I was only able to enjoy it half as long.