Again, you found a time to rest your mind and wanted to enjoy it with a cigar. You chose your cigar from your humidor, got around your corner and started the ritual. Of course, you first glance at the cigar. You screened your cigar to see if everything was okay. Tears, cracks, etc. Have you reviewed it? Maybe you sniffed the cigar lightly by your nose. It's time, the last step between you and smoking. You picked up your scissors and carefully cut the cap of your cigar. At this point, there is another step that can be overlooked, but which is very enjoyable and useful. It is a step that I prefer to call Dry Taste, which is called Dry or Cold Draw in English.
So what happens in dry taste? It's actually very simple. After you cut it, but before you burn it, you take one or two puffs of your cigar, as if you were smoking. Most of us actually do this to see if there is steady air flowing through the leaves or if there is an obstruction. I mentioned how you can deal with congestion in a different article. At this point, another point you can pay attention to is the aromas you get.
Some cigars are able to give an idea of themselves in the dry taste before burning. Especially cigars with lots of spice can show themselves predominantly during dry tasting, while cigars with a lighter flavor can remain neutral. Likewise, in the dry taste of cigars that are not fully matured, too much ammonia or other aggressive flavors may come to the fore. In some cases, the aromas you get from the dry taste may not show itself after burning the cigar.
Another advantage of dry tasting is that if you know where the leaves come from and the details of the blend, you can guess what kind of aromas you might encounter in your future smoking.
In short, before you burn your cigar, it is not harmful, but beneficial, to do a taste box by pulling it once or twice and to see if there is a blockage in the cigar.
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