A “cold draw” is simply the act of puffing on a cigar before lighting it. To cold draw, clip the cigar, place the cigar in your mouth, then suck air through it before you light up, and taste the tobacco inside. Naturally, the flavor won’t be the same as a burning cigar, but it will hint at the flavours to come.
Although puffing on an unlit cigar seems peculiar, it’s common practice as it allows you to preview what the cigar has to offer, as well as alerting you to any draw issues which may exist. Taking a cold draw is one of our 5 Tips to Maximise Cigar Smoking Enjoyment.
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