All hobbies, regardless of what they are, have their little annoyances. It seems that the more passionate you are about a particular hobby, the more annoying these little quirks tend to be. Cigars are no different from any other hobby and carry a list of annoyances all their own.
For some people, even the hint that a cigar may have a tight draw is enough to set their blood pressure on a rapid rise. For others, a thumb print in pectin makes a cigar un-purchasable. For me, its a tie between a cigar having a stiff draw and a problematic band.
I do practically the same thing for any cigar I smoke. At some point I will remove the band and set it aside. After a few bands have accumulated I’ll move them into an old plastic container for storage. I have a rather large collection at this point and I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m going to make a collage out of them.
Because saving the bands has become such a habit if mine, I expect them to come off without tearing, not to mention without damaging the wrapper leaf of my cigar. The one thing that drives me crazy is when I come across that band that won’t come off without being ripped to shreds.
The bands that are notorious for this tend to be those that feel like heavyweight paper. They generally have a matte finished facing which does an awesome job of allowing the glue to really bite into the paper. As you begin peeling, the heavy paper quickly becomes two-ply. As the bands tears itself apart, it fights to hold on, so more and more tearing is required before it is completely free of the cigar.
While thinner paper and a glossy facing doesn’t always look the best, the glue seems to not stick so well. These bands take very little effort and tend to pop free without issue. This, as you may have guessed, is my absolute favorite type of band. Following up right behind it are the ones that are slightly loose on the cigar and can be slid off without damage to the wrapper.
So, now that you have read over what annoys me regarding cigars,
what are some annoying cigar traits that get under your skin?