Smoking a cheroot is similar to smoking a cigar. The cheroot is already clipped on both ends, therefore no clipping is required. The key is to refrain from inhaling the smoke.
When lighting the cheroot, start by holding it in your hands, and placing its tip above the flame, making sure you don’t puff on it yet. The aim is to burn the end before you place it in your mouth, in order to prime the end pieces of tobacco. Try to roll the lit end of the cheroot, so as to burn the end evenly. Once you see an orange glow at the cheroot’s tip, you are ready to begin puffing. As was mentioned earlier, try not to inhale the smoke from your cheroot. If you do, it will most likely result in quite profuse coughing. Instead, imagine the cheroot is like a straw, and in the same way as you would suck a straw, draw the smoke into your mouth, and then breathe it out without further inhalation. Once you’ve done this four or five times, your cheroot will start producing thick white smoke. At this point, you can slow down, perhaps taking a puff every two to three minutes to keep it alight. Depending on the size of your cheroot, smoking it could take between 30 minutes to two hours.
Arrival of the Cheroot Case / Holder
The cases were often crafted from solely silver or silver-mounted leather/ crocodile skin. They were usually designed to hold between three and five cheroots, although there were some designed for individual cheroots (often torpedo-shaped, as pictured). Many of the cases were curved so they fit snugly in the owner’s pockets. Foliate bright-cut, engine-turned, and plain examples are quite common.