We here at The Gentleman Blog try to answer as many reader questions as we can. During the week I was asked,
“Griffith, how can one know when is a suitable occasion to light up a cigar?
Also, how do you keep your collars so sharp and suits so cleanly pressed?”
– Unnamed Griffith protégé
I shan’t go into the closely-guarded Griffith family secrets of laundering here, but I will address the first question. The short (and extremely accurate) answer is that there is almost no time or place that does not call for a cigar. Let me show you the wide array of situations that you can enhance with tightly rolled tobacco.
You may think that cigars can offend non-smokers around you. This is entirely untrue. They’re wheezing coughs and sly looks are simply their way of thanking you and admiring your gentlemanliness.
If you’re riding a bicycle – or enjoying some other sort of outdoor activity – nothing offsets the harmful fresh air and exercise like a healthy cigar.
Speaking of sports, there is no better way to celebrate a victory or commiserate a loss than to light up a cigar with your team-mates or opponent.
If you think that just because you are smoking, you are limited with the use of your mouth for the duration of the cigar, think again. An experienced cigar-smoking gentleman can do anything with a cigar in his hand/mouth, such as singing, golfing and prime-ministering during the war.
Some golfers like to smoke a cigar while they play a round or two. Others, like myself, like to enjoy a round of golf while they smoke a cigar or two. A subtle yet important difference. In the latter instance your score is calculating by how evenly your cigar(s) burn and your pace and style of smoking.
I think you may be getting the gist by now. Unless there is flammable gas in proximity, there are precisely zero situations that do not call for a cigar.
So buy yourself a few boxes for the coming days and try it out for yourself.
Until next time,