How to smoke a Cuban cigar?

“Let the good times smoke”

There’s nothing complicated about Terry Pomerantz. Especially when it comes to enjoying the good times that life has in store for us. The last thing Terry has time for is some pretentious ceremony. His “good times” are devoted to his family, his friends and the children in need whom he helps with the Pomerantz Foundation.

When we observe his few precise, confident, simple gestures, we immediately realize that Terry knows what he’s doing when it comes to smoking a really good cigar.

Essential steps to smoke a cigar well

“First, I touch the cigar to appreciate its texture. Next, I bring it to my nose. I inhale the cigar. Then I cut the tip with a cigar cutter (V style). I light the cigar with a butane lighter or a match. I gently suck the smoke into my mouth. I keep it for a few seconds to appreciate all the subtleties of the tobacco. Then, I expel it just as gently to give its spicy, earthy, chocolatey notes time to soak my taste buds.”

Terry says, “Often I roll the smoke from the first puff into my mouth… You must savour the smoke, but never, never breathe it in!”

And, the icing on the cake: “Before lighting the cigar, I sometimes dip its extremity in a Bordeaux or in Scotch to add their aroma to the first puffs of tobacco.”

When is the best time to enjoy a cigar?

“A cigar is good at all time! For an aperitif, I prefer a lighter-tasting cigar, made with a fairly pale tobacco. Before a good meal, it’s best to avoid tasty cigars. Their pronounced aromas mask the taste of the food. These stronger cigars, I smoke them with a glass of Scotch, after the meal.”

The Sunday morning cigar

“Those are the best ones! I’m an early riser. When the weather is nice on Sunday morning, I make myself an espresso, take a Cohiba or a Montecristo in the humidor and smoke it quietly under the sun on the terrace, alone in the company of the blackbirds’ song and the shade of my tall trees. I know I’m feeling good. I know I’ve done what I had to do: Love, help and build!”

A cigar enthusiast, Terry Pomerantz shares his expert advice on the different brands, types of cigars, and essential accessories to have. Immerse yourself in his recommendations to magnify your experience with each cigar, which you can enjoy in good company, an invitation to take the time to live each moment to the full.