December 10, 2016 C.B.’s Blog: Cigar Basics

C.B.’s Blog: Cigar Basics

If there is one thing that C.B. Dalton and Cigar Bandits believe in, aside from offering the absolute best prices we can on your favorite cigars, it is that sharing knowledge is the key, especially to fellow cigar smokers!

One of the most fascinating things about cigars – along with the comradery and friendship they command – is the process and the work that goes into what you put flame to and enjoy. Literally hundreds of hands and generations of knowledge go into the process of growing, harvesting, curing, rolling, packaging, logistics and eventually retail go into premium hand rolled cigars.

This is just the start ( and broad general overview ) of a few educational documents for all the bandits out there wishing to learn a little more about their favorite premium hand rolled cigars!

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A premium hand rolled cigar can be broken up into 4 separate pieces – The Cap, The Head, The Body and The Foot. Starting from the bottom ( right in image ), the foot is where you light your cigar, the body is where you will hold your cigar ( generally ), the head is the portion you will put in your mouth and draw air through while the cap is the very top portion that you will cut prior to lighting the cigar.

The three basic components of a premium hand rolled cigar include the filler, the binder and the wrapper. The filler is located at the center of the cigar and is comprised of bunched tobacco that is then rolled into a binder leaf. Most premium cigars utilize long-filler tobacco ( whole ) while there are some manufacturers that will use short-filler ( chopped up ). The wrapper is a very high quality single tobacco leaf that goes over the binder and filler.

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The filler leaf that is used can be broken into two categories: short-filler and long-filler. Short-filler tobacco is tobacco that has been processed from single leaves or bunches of leaves that are generally used with machine made cigars. The smaller pieces of tobacco make it easier to force the tobacco into pre-made or specific dimensions ( such as filtered cigars or machine made cigars ). It is common for the lower quality tobacco leaves to be processed to be used for short-filler tobacco products.

Long-filler tobacco on the other hand is where the whole leaf is bunched together in specific ratios by the torcedor to reflect the blends they are working on. Using long-filler tobacco the blenders are able to produce a wide variety of flavors with a specific focus dependent upon the tobacco used. The inner leaves are bunched and rolled into a tube, the binder leaf is applied to secure the blend while a wrapper leaf is applied last to finalize the blend with added flavor and complexity.

This is a very basic over-view but all of us at Cigar Bandits hope that you learned something and will come back for the next Updates From The Hideout!

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