A Commonwealth Cedar Spill is specifically designed for the cigar smoker to get the most out of their cigar by enabling the ignition process to start slowly. This enables the true flavors and aromatics of the tobaccos to come forth as the cigar maker intended.
Not commonly seen, and used only sparingly today by those who are either curious or connoisseurs of all things cigar, a spill is an instrument of refinement. A spill box filled with Commonwealth Cedar Spills is a unique and discerning gift for the cigar smoker in your life or anyone who enjoys a respite from the routine. Commonwealth Cedar Spills enhance and extend that time as smoking a cigar should never be rushed… neither should lighting one.
A Commonwealth Cedar Spill: the best way to light and taste your cigar.
The history of spills, cedar spills and lighting cigars.
A spill is a slender piece of wood or twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, campfires or fireplaces. Before more modern inventions such as lighters and chemical matchsticks, a cedar spill was the traditional method to light a cigar.
Wood of various lengths, thickness and species were torn into narrow strips and lit with whatever flame source was handy. Cigars were slowly roasted and toasted, allowing the oils and water within the tobacco leaves to slowly smolder, ignite and reveal almost immediately the full flavor and aroma of the cigar.
Regardless of what method you use to light your cigar, take your time when doing so.