Have you ever wondered how a cigar is made?
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With cigar smoking increasing in popularity in recent years, we have seen more and more celebrities enjoying stogies. We have also seen an increase in the amount of cigar publications and online cigar review sites and cigar bars popping up. It’s an affluent, fine and cultured hobby to be involved in. Although millions of cigar connoisseurs across the world are smoking and enjoying fine cigars, the vast majority of them do not know how a great cigar is made.
This useful Infographic from http://www.cigarhumidors-online.com breaks it down into an easy step by step process that explains it all.
Before the specifics are discussed, the infographic will first familiarize you with the structure and composition of a cigar. We cover the 3 parts of the tobacco plant that make up the body of the cigar and then go through the different manufacturing methods that are used to roll and finish off the cigar.
How do you make a cigar?
Cigars are made carefully through the following process: Before we explain the specifics, we first want to familiarize you with the structure and composition of a cigar.
The Structure of Cigar
- Cap – A small, round piece of tobacco wrapper leaf attached to the head of a cigar. The purpose of the cap is to lock in the wrapper and finish the head.
- Head – This is the part of the cigar that one draws or smokes from. The head is always the closed end of the cigar and must be cut about about 3 millimeters before the foot is lit.
- Cigar Band – The label that surrounds the head of the cigar.
- Foot – The foot of a cigar is normally pre-cut and is the part of the cigar that is lit.
- Composition of Cigar – Cigars are made up of of 3 types of tobacco leaves: the wrapper, filler and binder. Variations of these will determine the flavor characteristics of the cigar.
- Wrappers – The leaves on the outer or widest part of the tobacco plant. The wrapper has a large influence on a cigar’s overall character and flavor. The wrapper color is often used to describe the cigar in general.
- Fillers – The large majority of a cigar is comprised of filler. Filler is bunches of tobacco leaves grouped together inside the wrapper.
- Binders – Leaves that have an elastic character that are used to secure the filler of a cigar together. Binders are for the most part wrappers that were rejected linked to blemishes, holes, discoloration or excessive veins, etc.
The 3 types of Tobacco
- Filler -Filler is generally made up of strong ligero leaf in the middle, the lighter seco leaf surrounds the ligero and the volado wraps around both the ligero and seco.
- Ligero – Is harvested from the top of the tobacco plant, which is normally exposed to the highest level of direct sunlight. It is normally the darkest and the most flavor rich filler of the three. Seco (Dry) – Is pulled from the central portion of the plant. These tobacco leaves are generally lighter than Ligero in both flavor and color.
- Volado – is extracted from the lowest portion of the plant. Volado is mostly utilized for its burning properties to help keep a consistent burn. Volado leaves have very little influence on the flavor of a cigar.
Except for the annoying watermark, this infographic explaining how a cigar is made, is made quite well, itself. Brown colors mimic the coloring of a cigar, strong reds pop subheads from the page Easy to read, although the compressed type could be a little wider, this infographic does a nice job. I especially like the robot hand used very playfully with the subhead, “Cigars are made either by hand or by a machines”
Not saying you could roll your own cigars after reading this, but this infographic does a great job explaining the process to even the most ignorant cigar aficionado.