If your cigar is cracking, there are a few things you can try to salvage it. Here are some tips to fix a cracking cigar:
- Apply moisture: If the cigar is too dry, it may start to crack. To fix this, gently moisten the cigar with distilled water or a solution of one part water and one part propylene glycol. Do not use tap water, as it may contain minerals and chemicals that can affect the flavor of the cigar.
- Use a cigar glue: If the crack is small, you can use a cigar glue or a small amount of vegetable gum to seal the crack. Apply a small amount of glue or gum to the crack and press the edges together. Make sure not to use too much glue or gum, as it can affect the flavor of the cigar. There are two common products that you can find El Ligador Cigar Repair Glue or Gluegar.
- Cut off the damaged area: If the crack is too large or if the cigar has multiple cracks, you may need to cut off the damaged area. Use a sharp cigar cutter to cut off the damaged section, making sure to leave enough of the cigar intact to enjoy.
- Smoke it carefully: If the crack is not too severe, you can still smoke the cigar. However, you should be careful when lighting it and smoking it to avoid making the crack worse. Smoke the cigar slowly and gently, and rotate it regularly to ensure an even burn.
Remember, prevention is key when it comes to cigars. Store them in a humidor at the appropriate humidity level to keep them from drying out and cracking.