Why is Tar Coming Out of My Cigar?

It’s happens occasionally. You’ve clipped the head off, lit your cigar, and put up your feet. Before you know it, a taste so vile that it has put some people off cigars permanently, oozes from your cigar. This dark colored goo can really be disturbing, especially if you’ve never heard of it before. In speaking to a few others who enjoy cigars regularly, I received more than a couple of raised eyebrows, followed by “yuck” faces as we discussed it.

What Is It?
Most importantly, I’m sure you want to know what that substance is. This perfectly natural, albeit horrible-tasting substance is actually a mixture of tobacco juice, tar, and resin to varying degrees. Tasting it shouldn’t cause any lasting harm at all, that’s unless you let it bother you enough that you never get to fully enjoy another cigar. It’s most likely caused by a stem that still had a bit of sap in it. You were just the unlucky customer who bought it. Just to be clear, it doesn’t have anything to do with how much your cigar did or didn’t cost. Nor did it have anything to do with the brand. It seems to happen across the spectrum. Even though you may have been advised, it doesn’t have anything to do with your technique, either. It does seem to appear to be a “luck of the draw” situation. No pun intended.

What to do?
Since prevention of this problem may well be impossible on a consumer level, we can definitely fix it so that you can continue to enjoy your cigar. Regardless of the tool you choose to clip your cigar, you’ll want to let the cigar go out and cool down. Once cooled, clip just below where the tar is visible. This should take care of the situation. Conservative cigar clipping will help prevent waste. You can always cut off more if you need to.

Hopefully this advice helps you out if this should ever happen to you.

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