Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blog.kevinhoyt....
Introduction to Cigars <ul><li>A woman is only a woman, but a cigar is a smoke. - Rudyard Kipling </li></ul><ul><li>Very m...
What You’ll Need <ul><li>Handmade cigar ($3 to $15) </li></ul><ul><li>Wooden matches or butane lighter ($1) </li></ul><ul>...
Anatomy of a Cigar <ul><li>Filler: Where the flavor comes from </li></ul><ul><li>Binder: Holds it together </li></ul><ul><...
Lighting a Cigar <ul><li>Toasting, lighting the outer layers </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a heat source at the foot and rotate t...
Smoking a Cigar <ul><li>Let cigar rest after lighting </li></ul><ul><li>A cigar is not a cigarette </li></ul><ul><ul><li>D...
Wrapper Leaves <ul><li>Candela: Fluke cured, green hue, bland </li></ul><ul><li>Claro: Shade grown, tan, oily sheen, silky...
Size Does Matter <ul><li>Ring gauge: 1/64th of an inch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>64 ring = 1 inch in diameter </li></ul></ul><...
Popular Lengths <ul><li>Corona: 5 1/2”, 42 ring, 45 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Lonsdale: 6”, 43 ring, 50 minutes </li></ul>...
Is This a Strong Cigar? <ul><li>Very mild to mild (Macanudo) </li></ul><ul><li>Mild to medium mild (Romeo y Julieta) </li>...
Construction <ul><li>Delivered and aged in large, square bales  </li></ul><ul><li>Awakened with 95 percent humidity sauna ...
A Short History of Cigars <ul><li>American natives from the Incans to Inuits used tobacco in a harsh form </li></ul><ul><l...
Caring for Your Cigars <ul><li>Humidor: A self-contained tropical environment for cigars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humidor pro...
Enhancing Your Enjoyment <ul><li>Mild cigars in the morning, medium in the afternoon, full bodied in the evening </li></ul...
Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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Ignite a Cigar (Technical)

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This is the original outline and draft of what I intended to cover for my Ignite a Cigar presentation at the first annual Ignite Denver. It covers more details and will likely prove more useful to the newcomer than the final deck, which is intended more for the script than bullet points.

Ignite a Cigar (Technical)

  1. 1. Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blog.kevinhoyt.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: parkerkrhoyt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brightkite: khoyt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AIM, YIM: parkerkrhoyt </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Platform Evangelist, Adobe Systems, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Flash, Flex, Ajax, Adobe AIR </li></ul><ul><li>ColdFusion, LiveCycle, BlazeDS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction to Cigars <ul><li>A woman is only a woman, but a cigar is a smoke. - Rudyard Kipling </li></ul><ul><li>Very much like computer software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intimidating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low tolerance in today’s political climate </li></ul><ul><li>Cigars as an item of luxury and distinction </li></ul>
  4. 4. What You’ll Need <ul><li>Handmade cigar ($3 to $15) </li></ul><ul><li>Wooden matches or butane lighter ($1) </li></ul><ul><li>Guillotine clipper ($2) </li></ul><ul><li>Ashtray </li></ul><ul><li>About 20 to 45 minutes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Anatomy of a Cigar <ul><li>Filler: Where the flavor comes from </li></ul><ul><li>Binder: Holds it together </li></ul><ul><li>Wrapper: Gives the look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Cap: The part you put in your mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Foot: The part you light </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lighting a Cigar <ul><li>Toasting, lighting the outer layers </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a heat source at the foot and rotate the cigar </li></ul><ul><li>Wrapper and binder will have a white ashen appearance </li></ul><ul><li>At a 45 degree angle in your mouth, draw in the flame and air </li></ul><ul><li>A flame should appear when you release the draw indicating a lit cigar </li></ul>
  7. 7. Smoking a Cigar <ul><li>Let cigar rest after lighting </li></ul><ul><li>A cigar is not a cigarette </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not inhale the smoke into your lungs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs your draw to keep it lit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Once or twice a minute will do it </li></ul><ul><li>Too often will result in bitter taste </li></ul><ul><li>Let ash fall off naturally </li></ul><ul><li>Not necessary to smoke to the nub </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wrapper Leaves <ul><li>Candela: Fluke cured, green hue, bland </li></ul><ul><li>Claro: Shade grown, tan, oily sheen, silky </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Claro: Reddish hue, flavorful </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado: More red, very shiny, attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Maduro: Dark brown, sweet, intense flavor </li></ul><ul><li>Double Maduro: Rich, pronounced spice </li></ul>
  9. 9. Size Does Matter <ul><li>Ring gauge: 1/64th of an inch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>64 ring = 1 inch in diameter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32 ring = 1/2 inch in diameter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most cigars fall in between 38 and 50 ring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ring gauge, not length, impacts taste </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A larger ring will produce cooler smoke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any length cigar can be left to cool (rest) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More to do with feel and preference </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Soprano? Hannibal (A-Team)? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Popular Lengths <ul><li>Corona: 5 1/2”, 42 ring, 45 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Lonsdale: 6”, 43 ring, 50 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Robusto: 5”, 50 ring, 40 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Panatela: 7”, 40 ring, 45 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Double Corona: 8”, 50 ring, 60 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Churchill: 7”, 49 ring, 60 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Presidente: 8 1/2”, 52 ring, 90 minutes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is This a Strong Cigar? <ul><li>Very mild to mild (Macanudo) </li></ul><ul><li>Mild to medium mild (Romeo y Julieta) </li></ul><ul><li>Medium to medium full (H. Upmann) </li></ul><ul><li>Full bodied (Butera, Punch) </li></ul><ul><li>Very full bodied (JR Ultimate) </li></ul><ul><li>Full bodied, heavy, but never “strong” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong indicates harsh and undesirable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improper curing can nauseate anybody </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Construction <ul><li>Delivered and aged in large, square bales </li></ul><ul><li>Awakened with 95 percent humidity sauna bath for up to 24 hours </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting, grading and color classification </li></ul><ul><li>Filler bunching in accordion fashion or concentric circles </li></ul><ul><li>Bonding with a thick, tough binder leaf </li></ul><ul><li>Pressed into form, wrapped and capped </li></ul>
  13. 13. A Short History of Cigars <ul><li>American natives from the Incans to Inuits used tobacco in a harsh form </li></ul><ul><li>The origins of the word “tobacco” are unknown, though probably Spanish from “tobago” or “pipe” </li></ul><ul><li>“Cigar” likely coined circa 1492 when Europeans landed on Hispanola from Spanish “cigarrel” meaning “orchard” </li></ul><ul><li>Circa 1500, Spaniards apply their wine fermenting skills to tobacco </li></ul>
  14. 14. Caring for Your Cigars <ul><li>Humidor: A self-contained tropical environment for cigars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humidor products range from travel, to tabletop, to vaults to walk-in closets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zip-lock bags, or sealable plastic containers will do with care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Humidification elements are generally floral foam incased plastic/metal housing </li></ul><ul><li>The golden rule: 70 degrees & 70 percent humidity </li></ul>
  15. 15. Enhancing Your Enjoyment <ul><li>Mild cigars in the morning, medium in the afternoon, full bodied in the evening </li></ul><ul><li>A variety of beverages go well with cigars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A red wine (especially from Spain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally an ale goes better with a cigar than a lager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fortified wine such as sherry or port </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brandy, cognac, scotch, bourbon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respect the non-smokers around you </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ignite: A Cigar <ul><li>Kevin Hoyt </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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