Jeremiah Meerapfel, the venerable grower of Cameroon tobacco, launched a new cigar line back in the summer of 2022. He sat down with executive editor David Savona to discuss the new smoke. Read the full story here:
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What Are Cigars?
Cigars are cylindrical rolls of tobacco that are smoked. They consist of cut tobacco filler in a binder leaf with a wrapper leaf rolled spirally around the bunch. The wrapper leaf, which is the most expensive part of the cigar, must be strong, elastic and silky in texture and have a pleasant flavour; it must also be able to burn well.
A good cigar combines tobaccos from different regions to create a unique strength, aroma and flavor profile. The country of origin is also a major factor in determining flavor.
The aging of cigars is an important process that contributes to their taste and aroma. Like wine, aging dissipates acidity in the tobacco and makes it more mellow and nuanced.
It can also remove bitterness and harshness. It can also make the smoke a little more aromatic, bringing out notes of almond, raisin and orange blossom.
You can also add more aromatic compounds to your cigar by retro-haling it after it’s smoked. This will help you discover the full range of tastes that cigars can deliver, including many that you’ve probably never tasted before!
Choosing the right cigar isn’t as easy as it might seem. It’s crucial to know how to choose the size and shape that will best suit your preferences, as well as the situation in which you will be smoking it.
For example, if you’re going to have a leisurely lunch and want to have a few minutes to relax, you may want to choose a shorter robusto or corona.