Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Week for the week of April 3. Read the full tasting note:
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How Cigars Are Made
Cigars are a great way to relax and unwind. They’re also a good way to socialize with friends and family members.
They’re also a great way to celebrate major events and occasions in your life. You can smoke cigars to commemorate the arrival of a new baby, a graduation, or a promotion.
You can also smoke cigars to reward yourself for a job well done, to thank someone for a job well done, or as a treat to yourself for a particularly hard day at work. Aside from a glass of champagne or a quality scotch, a cigar is a great way to reward yourself for a good performance, and it will remind you of the occasion every time you enjoy one.
The process of making a cigar is a long, intricate affair that requires care and attention from beginning to end. During the manufacturing process, each step has a significant impact on the quality of the cigar.
Firstly, the tobacco is hand-selected and prepared for smoking. It’s then placed in a large pile called a pilote, which rotates the leaves from inside to outside. It will then go through a fermentation process that ages the leaves.
Next, it’s rolled into a tube of any size from the 3 1/2-inch cigarillo to the 9 1/4-inch gran corona. It’s then banded and wrapped in cellophane.
Finally, it’s inserted into a humidor to retain its freshness and prolong its shelf life. A humidor recreates the environment in which the tobacco was first harvested, keeping the cigar from drying out or becoming brittle.