Cigars 101

Smoking cigars can be a relaxing event. On the other hand, selecting the perfect cigar for the enjoyment on the patio or deck can be a bit more daunting. There are literally thousands of different types of cigars in the world. They come in different colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. Let’s start with the basics so that your shopping experience can be as enjoyable as smoking a cigar.

A cigar is basically tobacco leaves rolled up into a round shape. Cigars can be rolled by machines or by hand rolling. Machine made cigars usually have bits of ground up tobacco, kind of like a cigarette, inside and a tobacco leaf wrapped around it to hold it all together. Hand made cigars are a different story. The leaves are whole tobacco, not ground, and each part of the cigar is whole tobacco leaves. Cigars are made up of 3 parts:  filler, wrapper, and binder. Each part does exactly what it says. The filler is the inner most section of the cigar, the binder is a leaf that hold the inside of the cigar from unwinding, and the wrapper is the outer most part that keeps everything on the inside together.

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