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post #1 of 4 Old 10-30-2006, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Why do cigars mellow out as you smoke them?

I just got back from a nice walk with dog around my neighbourhood, and as usual on my first day off work (just finished my 3 x 12.5 hr shift for the week) I celebrate with a nice stogie. Since it's getting colder out I usually go with one of the Monte Cigarillos I bought in the DR. Anyhow, I noticed when you first light it you get that slight harshness. As you smoke it goes to a smooth and mild flavour. Is it just the brand of cigars I smoke or is it just the palate adjusting to the cig?

On another note, I was curious how far down do you ladies and gents smoke your cigars to? I find myself putting it out near the nub. lol
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Re: Why do cigars mellow out as you smoke them?

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I just got back from a nice walk with dog around my neighbourhood, and as usual on my first day off work (just finished my 3 x 12.5 hr shift for the week) I celebrate with a nice stogie. Since it's getting colder out I usually go with one of the Monte Cigarillos I bought in the DR. Anyhow, I noticed when you first light it you get that slight harshness. As you smoke it goes to a smooth and mild flavour. Is it just the brand of cigars I smoke or is it just the palate adjusting to the cig?

On another note, I was curious how far down do you ladies and gents smoke your cigars to? I find myself putting it out near the nub. lol

I am going more and more towards letting my stogies go out before they turn strong and nasty. Just a little luxury I allow myself. I often enjoy smoking 2 shorter cigars instead of one long one.
Why do they mellow out as you smoke? Maybe something to do with the warmth and humidity building up as you smoke it down. Warm is always better than cold. That's my un-scientific opinion... Larry.
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I am going more and more towards letting my stogies go out before they turn strong and nasty. Just a little luxury I allow myself. I often enjoy smoking 2 shorter cigars instead of one long one.
Why do they mellow out as you smoke? Maybe something to do with the warmth and humidity building up as you smoke it down. Warm is always better than cold. That's my un-scientific opinion... Larry.

As far as the harsh flavor goes, it's probably because the initial light is so close to the cap, you taste fire and not tobacco. In terms of how far I smoke it... until it burns!

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Re: Why do cigars mellow out as you smoke them?

My understanding of it is that as you smoke it down, the oils in the cigar are coming out and building up near the cut. Now, as that oil, and smoke is building up all the other smoke in the length of the cigar is getting sucked through there. Hence the flavor "mellowing out". What I think you mean is that the taste is not bitter. Differant size/style cuts will make a differance in "flavor" due to the concentration of the smoke on your tongue. Also differant size cigars of the same blend (ie: two identical cigars, one robusto one corona) will have a differant taste b/c of the amount of smoke in the stick vs amount of air flow.
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