The first thing you need to do is to remove about 1/8th of an inch from the cap of the cigar. To do this, place the cutter on the shoulder of the cap and cut. You will find that this really only applies to guillotine cutters, though, as the process is different with scissors or a punch. When the cap has been cut, you can start the actual lighting process. However, don't touch that flame to the cigar just yet. You need to warm it up first.
This is a process called toasting and it is required to bring the tobacco up to temperature. You should also ensure that the lighter you use is fueled with butane, rather than lighter fluid, as butane is odorless and tasteless. Therefore, it will not taint the cigar with any chemical flavors or odors. Once the cigar has been toasted, you can continue with the lighting process. Place the cigar in your mouth at a 45-degree angle. Hold the cigar's body with one hand and use the other to hold the lighter. Light the lighter and hold the cigar over the flame. Turn the cigar in your mouth, and draw on it as it turns.
Keep turning the cigar throughout the lighting process. When the entire cigar has caught, inspect the end for any area that did not light properly. You may need to reapply the flame at this point. You can also breathe on the area to help it catch and stay lit.
Turn the cigar while drawing on it and you will see the flame bend to caress the foot of the cigar. Turing the cigar at this point ensures that the entire end is lit evenly, which is essential to avoid runs and uneven burning. When the cigar is lit evenly, take it out of your mouth. Inspect the foot of the cigar and locate any areas that are unlit or just smoldering. Reapply the flame to these areas and your cigar will be ready to smoke, offering considerable relaxation and enjoyment.
Brian is a consultant for an online specialty zippo butane lighter store and has expert knowledge of cigar accessories, including triple flame lighters.