Even though cigars and cigarettes are both tobacco products, the similarities between cigars essentially begin and end there. Because a cigar can be shaped very differently than a cigarette, and because it can measure up to 7 inches in length, it can contain between 5 and 17 grams of tobacco. This is enormous difference compared to the typical 1 gram of tobacco found in a cigarette.
People new to cigar smoking often wonder just how many different kinds of cigar tobaccos there are. That is something of a complex question. If by kind you mean what the tobacco is like, there is only one true kind, and that is air-cured or dried-burley tobacco.
If by kind you actually mean blend or cultivar, as in the type of tobacco, or the region of the world from which it originates, there are hundreds. Once could argue that cigar tobacco grown in one field of Honduras is a different cultivar of tobacco than cigar tobacco grown 50 miles away in the same country.
The ability to mix cigar tobaccos together to create different flavors and aromas accounts for the multitudinous variety of cigars that one can find in the world today.
The way that cigar tobacco burns is also radically different from cigarette tobacco. If you are new to cigar smoking, forget about the whole idea of a quick smoke break with most brands. A very large cigar can take 1 to 2 hours to smoke. The average cigarette takes less than 10 minutes to smoke.
Cigar tobacco is carefully chosen and meticulously sorted and inspected before ever being used to make cigars. The process of selecting the blends for each brand according to its own recipe begins long before the bales reach the factory.
The preparation of cigar tobacco is never rushed. It consists of several specific steps that will ensure the best draw and maximum flavor.
1. Tobacco leaves are harvested.
2. The leaves are hung in hot, shady barns.
3. The combination of heat and shade lowers sugar and water content in tobacco leaves.
4. This process takes about 24-25 days to finish.
5. Cigar tobacco is fermented by letting it die slowly under strictly controlled temperature and humidity.
6. The aroma, burn, and flavor of cigar tobacco are developed at this time.
7. Once the leaves have aged, they should then separate for intended use, which will be either as filler or wrapper.
8. Quality and appearance determines which leaves become fillers and which become wrappers.
9. Tobacco leaves are moistened during this time to ensure that each leaf is used for its best purpose.
10. Tobacco is also continually baled and inspected until it reaches the desired maturity.
11. At this point, people trained as cigar rollers use special knives to cut the wrappers and fillers.
12. Cigars are then made by hand. A good roller can make hundreds of almost identical cigars in a day.
Once they have dried in wooden forms, cigars are then cut at the uncapped ends to be all one length. They are now ready to be stored in humidors. This will keep them fresh for decades at temperatures around 70 degrees and 70 percent humidity.
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