Ismael Olivan, owner of B.A.M.F. Cigars, talks about his company’s three new releases during the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show, including two collaborations with different charities that help members of the military and one creation that features an internal blend made with tobacco grown in Italy.
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How Cigars Are Made
Unlike a cigarette, which can have many different blends of tobacco, a cigar is made from a single type of tobacco. It is then rolled and smoked. Smoking a cigar can help people relax and relieve stress, especially when done with a friend. It can also be a great way to meet new people and connect with other smokers. Sharing a passion for cigars can lead to friendships and even long-term business relationships.
While cigar makers try to produce their products consistently, they are handmade and rely on the raw materials from nature, which are impacted by things such as weather. Those factors make it nearly impossible for any two premium cigars to be exactly alike. There are, however, some subtle differences from cigar to cigar, and those differences should be celebrated.
In addition to aging the tobacco, manufacturers may add flavoring and other additives to cigars, such as glycerine, artificial sweeteners or coloring agents. The additives are used to create a more consistent product, but they also affect the taste and aroma of the finished cigar.
Cigarmakers must also carefully select and ferment their tobacco in order to ensure a quality product. This process can take months, and requires precise temperatures, humidity levels and other conditions in order to reach the optimal point of development.
Cigars are also regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which mandates that cigars be sold with certain warning labels. These are required to be affixed to the top and bottom of each principal display panel on the packaging, and they must cover at least 30% of each panel. The warnings are: “Cigar smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease.”