Educate Yourself About Cigars

Cigar Manufacturing

The journey of a handmade cigar is a long on. From seed to its final packing, a single stick may pass through as many as 200 pairs of hands during the artful process of creating this true handmade luxury.

Growth and Harvest

Growing tobacco requires exceptional artistry and experience. Plants are nurtured in nurseries and the seedlings are transported to fields. When it's time to harvest, leaaves are picked from the bottom to the top. Valdo, the bottom leaf, has the mildest taste. Seco, in the middle, has a medium flavor. Ligero, at teh top, is exposed to the most sun and has the strongest flavor.

Curing and Fermentation

Specially chosen leaves are bundled according to size and hung to dry in curing barns for six to eight weeks. During curing, the tobacco must ferment to remove ammonia and other natural chemical components. Improperly fermented tobacco causes harshness or bitterness and will not stay lit.

After this preparation, the master blender pre-blends the filler by selecting a special combination of tobacco leaves. Experts hands make the difference in a fine cigar. The "buncher" forms the filler into a cylinder, which is rolled into a binder leaf and placed in a mold to coax it into a cigar shape. The "roller" then skillfully applies the outer wrapper tobacco leaf.

Sorting and Aging

After rolling, cigars are placed in the "marrying room" fora minimum of three weeks. This is a temperature and hmidity-controlled cedar room that gives the selected tobaccos time to meld their tastes and allow the moisture to equilibrate.

Anatomy of a Cigar

Every Cigar has three basic parts: the wrapper, which wraps around the outside of the cigar; the binder, between the filler and wrapper; and the filler, which is rolled into the center of the cigar.

Different Wrapper Types

Medium to full body. grown in Mexico's San Andres Valley.

Medium-boided, dark and flavorful version of the above. Rich and slighty sweet.

Slighty more flavorful and richer in color than connecticut Shade.

Grown from Sumartran seed. Mild flavor, hint of sweetness.

Mild to medium flavor, silky quality, lightly golden to red.

Cuban-seed leaf grown in Nicaragua since the 1990s.

An aromatic and rich wrapper. Light colored.

Thick, oily and veiny wrapper leaf. Full of flavors and aromas.

Fragile, thin leaf. Light flavor, sweet aroma.

A Cuban-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador in shades from light to dark. Full-bodied, rich.