A Wrapper’s Influence on a Cigar

A Wrapper’s Influence on a Cigar

There is no debating that the wrapper tobacco on a cigar has an impact on the taste of a cigar, and depending on the factors that we are about to look at, the influence can either be substantial, or minimal. This is never a precise statement.  The best way to notice the influence is to […]

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Components of Premium, Cuban Sandwich, and Machine-Made Cigars

Components of Premium, Cuban Sandwich, and Machine-Made Cigars

Premium (Long Filler Cigars) – Premium cigars are long filler cigars made by hand. Long filler refers to the whole leaves that are used in the cigar. Long filler allows a cigar blender to use the leafs natural composition to create complex blends that can vary in body strength, and flavor profiles. The main components […]

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Maduro – The Myth and the Method

Maduro – The Myth and the Method

Maduro continues to be a lose term in the cigar world.  Widely used to describe any cigar with a dark colored wrapper, the term has been commonly misconstrued.  It doesn’t help that some cigars being produced today call themselves maduro based on color alone.  In this article we dove into the Cigar Press archives pulling […]

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Leaf Metamorphasis

Leaf Metamorphasis

Co-written by Thor Nielsen and Hendrik Kelner.   The following pictures are examples of what you may find inside the curing barns in different phases of the process.  The first photo is from day 1, harvested right off of the plant.  The last picture is of a fully cured leaf that is ready to be prepped […]

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Tobacco Seed Production

Tobacco Seed Production

One of the most unknown aspects of premium cigar tobacco is the seed production.  Not many people know that tobacco produces a pink and white flower, which grows in clusters at the top of the plant.  In fact, most of the flowers are removed before they have time to develop, depending on what sort of […]

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CULEBRA CIGARS

CULEBRA CIGARS

WHAT ARE THEY? Those of you that speak Spanish already know that the word culebra translates to snake.  In cigar terms, a Culebra is a combination of three panetela-shaped cigars twisted together and tied at each end.  While these cigars don’t have much of a market presence today, there are a couple manufacturers that are […]

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Fakes Aren’t Just For Cubans

Fakes Aren’t Just For Cubans

It’s been said that over 90% of the Cuban cigars bought and sold in this country aren’t what they say they are.  To get the forbidden fruit one has to find the right sources and be the type of person who is willing to break an antiquated law or two.  Even then it’s not guaranteed […]

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