Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Week for the week of July 3. Read the full tasting note:
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What is a Cigar?
Cigars are long, cylindrical rolls of tobacco for smoking. They are typically rolled with a binder leaf and wrapper leaves. Cigars are often smoked in small groups or individually for relaxation and enjoyment. Cigars are often considered a luxury item and may be enjoyed as a way to relax after a stressful event or as a reward for personal achievement. Smoking a cigar may also be used to bond with a group of friends or colleagues. This camaraderie can build relationships and create new business connections.
A quality cigar is made with high-quality tobacco and crafted by skilled artisans. The cigar’s construction is important because it can impact the flavor, aroma, and strength of the cigar. A well-made cigar will have a smooth, even burn and a pleasant aroma. Cigar makers use different types of tobacco leaves to create distinct flavors and strengths for their branded cigars. They may blend different varieties of filler and wrapper tobacco, and they may use several types of primings of the tobacco plant to achieve their desired flavor profile.
While buzzwords like “natural” and “artisanal” have become overused and abused in today’s parlance, premium cigars truly earn these credentials. These handmade products are crafted using one ingredient and only one ingredient: tobacco. There is no other consumable product that can claim this level of authenticity, and it is this natural, artisanal character that makes quality cigars so enjoyable.