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A cigar that doesn't draw well is as annoying as people talking on their cell phones during a movie. What causes a cigar to draw hard can be attributed to a number of things. From poor construction like the tobacco leaves being bunched up by an inexperienced roller, to poor storage or humidor environment which can lead to a very moist or very dry cigar. Regardless, if you have a cigar that draws poorly you can fix it… Sometimes.
Remember always; cheap cigars are not only made from less exotic or fine tobaccos, they are probably constructed by inexperienced or poor rollers as well. The use of less attractive filler leaves, stems, or remains from other cigars can certainly affect the draw of a cigar. Paying $3 or $4 for a cigar, or say around $60 for a box, probably is buying you a cheap cigar. In the case of a box, maybe 3 or 5 will not smoke well. That’s just commercial life, and accept the inevitability of the numbers. But, that $250 box of Fuentes should have none, or at most one, that will not smoke well.
Anyway, the first thing you should do is to take the cigar and roll it in your fingers gently. If you have big burly callused fingers then put the cigar in a bag and roll it around. This can help to loosen some of the knots inside. This should be done slowly and carefully as you might crack or rip the wrapper. If that fails, then you can insert a skewer or straightened clothes hanger into the cigar through the top to the bottom. This common trick will usually open the cigar up. Again, be careful as you can poke a hole through the side of the cigar, rendering it useless. If all else fails just throw the thing away. It isn't worth trying to save. Try another cigar from the same box, and if the problem persists then you can either let them sit in a humidor for a while, which sometimes can help out a lot, return them to your vendor, or accept the inevitability of the numbers.
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