With a variety of sizes they can vary from factory names and company names.
More than likely, you have had one and never questioned the size.
2. How is a cigar constructed?
At first glance, they look pretty simple, right? But the love and time that goes into constructing your cherished pastime is as older than you think.
Two things that make premium cigars premium, long filler and hand rolling.
Bringing these two things together makes a pleasurable experience to both manufacturer and consumer.
Long filler is the "guts" of the blend.
Different leaves from different countries from different positions on the tobacco plant.
We'll learn more about this during our Alec Bradley deconstruction event in August!
3. How does the tobacco used affect the taste of your cigar?
Key thing to remember here, top of the plant (ligero) stronger, bottom of the plant (volado) milder.
The top, strongest, leaf is used in the middle, going down the plant using longer thinner leaves all around.
The bottom of the plants leaves burn faster but add balance and stimulate combustion for the hotter, slower burn of the middle.
If you made a cigar with all velado, it would burn super fast, super hot, and have no real body or flavor. It’d probably smell really nice, but that’s it. If you make a cigar that’s all ligero, it’s going to be strong as hell, it’ll burn super slow, if at all, and have no finesse.
4. Are Cuban cigars superior?
To most, it's a myth. Everyone wants what they can't have. What does make Cubans unique is they are 100% Cuban tobacco.
5. What should you know if you're new to cigars?
Never inhale and always start with something light!
If you "go big or go home", you may be leaving with a bad experience.
Keep it simple. A light wrapper does not always tell the story of a cigar. Ask around, get opinions. It never hurts to ask for direction!
6. What's the proper way to cut a cigar?
A cigar is rolled foot to cap. If you cut too much, your coming unrolled, too little, you may as well chew on it for flavor.
With a wide variety of cutting tools on the market, a dull cut should never happen.
7. How do I properly light a cigar?
When you unwrap a fine cigar, the first thing to do is a cold draw. Next should be a "toasting" from the edge to the middle of the foot. Even toasting ensures an even burn and keeps the cigar cooler.
Finally take your first draw. Rotate the smoke in your mouth and revel in the magic of all the things a fine cigar can bring to your life!