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Sasquatchisms

Sasquatchisms are little bits of wisdom and knowledge from our resident Cryptozoological Cigar Lover.

The Cigar Sasquatch is a member of the Cigar Rights of America. Are you?

– A Sasquatch may be hard to find, but great cigars shouldn’t be.

– Life is too short to smoke cigars you don’t love.

– Never smoke a Robusto when you should be smoking a Churchill.  Never smoke a Churchill when you should be smoking a Corona.

– Never apologize for your smoke cloud floating over me in the herf. It is I who should be thanking you.

– A great meal is the second-best pre-cigar activity.

– Set down a cigar the minute the flavor turns bad. There’s no reason to suffer through a bad finish to an otherwise great cigar.

Terms

– Aroma: The scent of a cigar after you light it. Often best sampled from afar.

– BOTLs: Brothers of the Leaf, friends and fellow cigar and pipe lovers.

– Bouquet: The scent of a cigar before you light it.

– Cap-Cut: A cigar cut that removes only the outer-most layer of the cap, without cutting the filler. A difficult cut, but made easier with a sharp pair of cigar scissors like the Xikar MTX Multi-Tool.
For clarification, here’s a video of the prodecure.

– Double-cone ash: When a cigar is well -rolled and burning perfectly, the first ash will fall and leave a perfect cone-shaped “cherry” burning on the end of the cigar. When the second ash falls, it will have a cone going outward on one end and a cone going inward on the other. Hence, double-cone.

– Embrasure: A term borrowed from music, as it applies to wind instruments. Specifically, it refers to the union of the instrument with the musician’s mouth. With cigars, it refers to the way the cigar meets the mouth while smoking, and the shape that the mouth and lips must take in order to form a draw seal.

– Finish: The lingering taste on the palate after smoking a cigar. Often considered unpleasant, the finish is something a cigar lover must come to embrace as a part of the experience. I didn’t say enjoy. I just said embrace.

– Herf: A gathering of cigar lovers for the purpose of enjoying life, each other’s company, fine cigars, delicious food and great drinks.

Rating Conventions

– You may notice the Cigar Sasquatch ratings are given on a scale from 1-10, with a decimal. Couldn’t we just use a 100-point scale? Sure. But these are cigars we’re talking about here, not school work.

– You may not notice many cigars with rating under 8. That’s because I live by the Sasquatchism, “Life is too short to smoke cigars you don’t love.” If I don’t like it enough to give it even a rating of 8, I’m usually going to throw it away and smoke something else. Likewise you may notice a lot of cigars with ratings in the 9s. That’s because I live by the Sasquatchism, “Life is too short to smoke cigars you don’t love.”

– You may notice some numeric annotations associated with certain characteristics. These are used to describe particular aspects of a cigar on a numeric scale that operates independently from the overall rating, in all but the most extreme circumstances. For example, draw and smoke volume are rated on a scale from -3 to +3 (or just 3). A cigar with a (0) rating on draw can be said to be neither tight nor loose. A rating of (-3) would be excessively tight, while one of (+3) would be excessively loose. The same scale applies to smoke volume, although few would complain that a cigar was too smokey. But remember, these numbers are not value-based, and don’t directly impact a cigar’s final rating, but rather, contribute in a general way the overall impression of the smoke. They are merely gauges to let you know my impression, based on no other standard than my own.

For strength, I use a scale from 1 to 5, although it’s important to note, there is no value judgment placed on strength, at any rating. A cigar’s strength is what it is, and that number is simply an indicator of where a cigar’s strength falls along that scale. A cigar with a strength rating of 3 would be moderate in strength, moving up to 5 or down to 1. I guess we could use a -3 to +3 scale for this as well, but I never met a cigar with negative strength.

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  3. cortez

    June 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    …and life is too short to not drink top 5 scotch.