WET IT, THEN CLIP IT?
Before cutting your cigar, try wetting the tip in your mouth. Make sure
you allow it to get just moist enough, but don't leave it in too long.
This is not meant to satisfy some sad, oral fixation that may go back
many years (which could require many more years of therapy to overcome).
If you're shy about pre-tasting an unlit cigar, or if you are suffering
from dry-mouth, you can do what many people do, and dunk your cigar into
your brandy, or even your water glass. Though a purist would probably
tell you that wetting the cigar with your own mouth is preferable.
While this part of the lighting-up ritual is by no means necessary, it's
a very good idea. Wetting the end of the cigar makes the tobacco a bit
more pliant, and it helps to ensure against cracking when you go for the
— Courtesy of www.cheaphumidors.com