How I "Toast the Foot" of a Cigar
I recently stumbled across this tip in a thread that's surely buried by now. I wanted to pass it on by giving it a thread of it's own because it totally changed the way I light cigars and I now truly understand what "toasting the foot" of a cigar means. This is probably something a lot of people on this board already know, but I'm sure there are a few people like myself out there who may benefit from it.
I've always used a torch lighter for cigars... it's what everyone else seemed to use and soft flames have their difficulties, especially outdoors. I used to have the torch set to get a medium sized flame - something that was under control, but wouldn't take forever to get the job done. Well, after following this tip, I turned my torch lighter down as far as it would go without going out. Holding the stick vertically, I hold the lighter under the foot for a full minute (sometimes longer) with the flame nearly touching the foot. I'm constantly moving the lighter horizontally to different areas of the foot to get the whole thing toasted. The first time i did this was probably the first time i had a cigar perfectly lit with a full volume of smoke before i ever took a puff. The extra labor showed in the taste, too, as that cigar was especially delicious!