Every so often, especially if you are smoking a cigar that’s nub-worthy, you’re smoke will suddenly take a hard, left turn into the land of “off” flavors. The change can be so dramatic, it seems like someone swapped stogies on you. But what’s really happening is that as you smoke, some of the residual oil that doesn’t burn off collects in the filler of the cigar. This can sometimes start to mask the good flavors with bad ones, especially if you’re getting to the last third of your stick. You might think it’s time to ditch it, but there’s one thing you can try before such drastic measures.
Purging is the simple act of blowing through your stogie when it starts to taste weird. Try it and you’ll be amazed at how easily this brings the cigar back to it’s senses. Not only will it keep you from prematurely ending your smokes, but now you can drop some knowledge on you’re lesser informed cigar buddies. Additionally, if you’re relighting a cigar that has gone out, it’s common practice to purge while holding a flame to the end; however, there’s never a guarantee that you can bring a previously-lit cigar back to life. You probably won’t need to purge every time you smoke, but when you do it’s a life saver.
Bought for my cigar humidors. Will be easy to monitor RH/Temp.