Packaging Top 10 of 2022

Brooks Whittington, Charlie Minato and Patrick Lagreid will unveil halfwheel’s Top 10 packaging of 2022. No, this isn’t the best cigars. But, if you are into seeing interesting and innovative cigar packaging, this is the show for you.

How Cigars Are Made


How Cigars Are Made

A cigar is a cylindrical roll of tobacco for smoking. It is made up of a binder leaf (the main part of the cigar) and a wrapper leaf. Both of these must be able to burn well. The wrapper needs to be smooth and silky.

In the early 18th century, Roman Catholic missionaries discovered excellent growing conditions for tobacco. They distributed 50 kilograms of seed to their followers.

Cigars were not widely used until the mid-18th century. They were viewed as a sophisticated and stylish product. During this time, the cigar was often depicted in caricatures of the wealthy.

The tobacco plant starts as a tiny seed in a greenhouse. It then grows into a small plant that is cultivated in Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

The tobacco leaves are harvested by hand when they reach full height. They are then placed in tightly packed parcels called bales.

Once the tobacco has been harvested, it is hung in a curing barn. This process helps to dry out the leaf.

The tobacco leaves are then aged after fermentation. The goal is to naturally break down the carotenoids and bring out desirable qualities in the tobacco. Tobacco that is under aged will have an unpleasant taste and an unattractive aftertaste.

A good cigar can age for decades. When it reaches peak flavor, the undesirable qualities are gone. Whether or not the cigar is aged properly is a significant factor in its taste.

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