Premium cigar pet peeve: Cigar bands that stick to the wrapper
KEN: You know what I hate? Cigar bands that stick to the wrapper. When I spend $2 to $5 per stick, the least I should expect is a band that's easily removed. It also seems to be happening more often with a number of premium cigars. IMO, the manufacturers go to great pains to roll their cigars properly, but fail miserably when affixing the bands to the cigar.
GARY: Agreed. Nothing's more frustrating than peeling the band off a $5 or $10 cigar only to find the wrapper peeling along with it. You're the first to bring this up. Maybe most guys don't mention it because it really doesn't happen that often; or, they just leave their bands on anyway, so how would they know.
KEN: I like to smoke the cigar down to about one inch, and with the size of some of the bands, it's impossible to smoke more than 2/3 its length before burning into the band. I've also tried rolling the cigar between my fingers at the band, but it doesn't help when the glue is attached to the wrapper.
GARY: Sure, if the cigar's a winner, I like to make it a finger burner, too. But even though I prefer to remove the band early on, I usually let the heat from the cigar loosen the glue as the cigar burns closer to the band. It seems to work most of the time; keyword, "most." Only on occasion have I burned the band, but because I wasn't paying attention.
KEN: I wish companies like Famous Smoke Shop and others would bring this problem to the attention of the manufacturers and demand that they fix it.
GARY: Since you mention it, I once had a problem with a box of Gran Habano #1 Toros. I contacted the manufacturer and they said they'd look into it. Knowing the integrity of the company, I'm confident they did so. I also think that they use too much glue on the Avo cigars. I guess it's because they use a heavier paper. It's not so much getting the band off, but getting under the glue to peel the tail of the band.
KEN: Perhaps you should run a survey and see how many customers have experienced similar problems with their premiums.
GARY: (To readers) OK. Your thoughts?