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Combustibility

The Tobacco Process

Combustibility

This aspect of cigar tasting refers to the ease, regularity, the speed at which a cigar burns. To do so you must observe the rings on the ashes. While the cigar burns, it creates circle after circle; if the combustibility is excellent those circles are regular and even. You may also detect a division of 0.5 to 1 millimeter between each ring. Black stains that appear around the line of burning are a signal of bad combustibility.

Color and consistency are also important points to assess. Color on the ashes indicates if the cigar has been well fermented or not and its chemical composition. Consistency demonstrates whether combustibility is good or bad and attests to the strength of the rolling. The ash must have consistency; ash that is compact indicates that rolling and combustibility are excellent. Another sign of good combustibility is when ashes fall from the cigar. If the ember stays flat the cigar is average, if it gets conical, like a volcano, the cigar is excellent, and if it forms a crater the cigar is considered inferior.