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31 Aug 2017

Cigars came into history with the smoking of tobacco for thousands of years. There are plenty of interesting things about it and you might not be aware of. Read this article to know these interesting things about cigars and drop some knowledge on your cigar friends. This article will give aficionado brownie points!

Origin

Cigar is an English world, derived from the Spanish world ‘Cigaro’. The origin of this Spanish word is ‘siyar’, which is the Mayan word for tobacco.

Cigar Tobacco production

Brazil, Cuba, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, the United States and Philippines are some of the countries where cigar tobacco is grown. 

Composition

Mainly, there are three types of tobacco leaves of which cigars are made. The differences in these leave have a major effect on the smoking and flavor characteristics, specifically –fillers, binders, and wrappers.

Names

Cigars have different names based on their length and size. Some common names are Cigarillo, Lonsdalem, Robustom, Corona, Panatela, Torpedo, Toro, Churchill, Perfecto, Giant, and more.

·        Giant: Giant is the largest of all the cigars. It is 9 inches in length with a ring size of 52.

·        Figurados: Besides these names, there is one Figurados, which is irregular in shape. Making this cigar is a challenge. The manufacturing process takes a lot of difficulty. Figurados is said be superior in terms of quality.

·       Parejo: There is one more cigar named, Parejo. It is the most common shape of a cigar. The cigar comes with a cylindrical body, straight sides and an open end. The other end has a round tobacco-leaf ‘cap’ that needs to be cut off before smoking.

Oliva Cigar

The term ‘Oliva’ traces its roots to patriarch Melanio Oliva. Melanio Oliva was the first person to grow tobacco in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. The Oliva Cigar is believed to provide full body taste while sustaining its unparalleled smoothness.

Puro

Puro is a Spanish word. It means ‘Pure’. When a cigar is completely made from the tobacco produced in only one country, it is called ‘puro’.

Category

There are different categories of cigars and they are classified based on size, shape, strength, their country of origin, and the way they are made (machine or hand-rolled). The most adopted way to categorize a cigar is by size (cigar’s length and diameter).

Taste

Cigars that come with darker wrappers are made to be sweet, whereas those that have light wrappers have a ‘drier’ taste.  

Rolling a Cigar

It is said that an experienced roller can easily produce more than 100 cigars a day. 

Size of Tobacco Seed

The size of Tobacco seeds is very small. The seeds are not larger than the size of a pin prick. A lot of care is taken when sowing seed. The aim is not to grow thick tobacco.  A thimble can accommodate a thousand tobacco seed inside it.

Famous Cigar Fan

Mark Twain was an American writer, humorist, publisher, entrepreneur, and lecturer. It is said that he gave up cigars on the request of his wife. He then restarted smoking. Normally, he used to smoke 300 cigars in a month and wrote a book in three months without any difficulty.



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