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I had a question about longer Churchill cigars. Is there anything wrong with cutting these cigars in half and smoking the two halves separately? Would there be any flavor differences in say an 8" churchill cut in half vs. a 4" robusto?

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If you cut the cigar in half, it would taste a little different from the full length cigar. Typically as you smoke a cigar the flavor changes a bit - often you'll notice that the cigar builds a little character and strength as you smoke it. However, the taste wouldn't be dramatically different. Just be aware that when a cigar is rolled, a small amount of paste is applied to the wrapper near he head, which keeps the wrapper from unraveling. When you cut one in half, the bottom half won't have this paste so there won't be anything to hold the wrapper on the bunch. If you're willing to hold the wrapper with your fingers until the head of the cigar gets a little moist while you smoke it, you can probably deal with that. I suggest you just give it a try, smoke the bottom half first and see how it works out.

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Bill Finck Jr.


I'm a fourth generation cigar maker and have spent 25+ years operating our factory as well as a mail order cigar company. I belong to cigar manufacturers associations as well as retail cigar associations so I'm usually up to date with current events relating to cigars. I've smoked the majority of brands on the market and would be happy to share my opinions of them with you. Since I live in the U.S. I have very little experience with Cuban cigars, but other than that I know a least a little bit about almost every brand of cigars on the market.


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