CUTTING THE CIGAR: The Opening Act

"I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time."

– Mark Twain

 

Any act of satisfying pleasure has preparatory rituals. Cigar smoking has many. First, there is anticipatory delight. Then there is simple motion of taking the cigar in hand and engaging all the senses, rolling it gently with your fingers to feel its suppleness, its physicality. Relishing its color and shape. Inhaling its enticing bouquet unhurriedly. The time spent in these ceremonial moments is not just a prelude, but the initial step in the arc of your total satisfaction.

INTERNATIONAL CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO CIGARS
By Jane Resnick