Now that I have got your brain working, let me help you out a little bit. Imagine yourself lighting up a cigar, excitement running through youâ€¦suddenly, when you inhale to take the draw, you seem to be having a lot of difficulty drawing the air in. What has happened? The chances are that you got a plug in your cigar.
So basically, a plug is a blockage that can sometimes occur when a cigar is manufactured. This is not the fault of anyone, really. These things just happen. There can be many reasons for a plug. One common reason, though, is that when a piece of leaf gets caught up with a stray stem and then they get pack too tightly before the cigar is rolled. The result is that this combination will block the air during the draw.
What can be done about this? The most common thing that seasoned cigar smokers do is that they massage the cigar which has a plug. Of course, this should be done very gently and very carefully. An additional suggestion would be to moisten your fingers a little bit before massaging the cigar. This would help keep the wrapper moist enough and not crack easily.
If it doesnâ€™t work, then I suggest you get another cigar.
Originally posted on August 24, 2008 @ 7:56 am